Taking supplements to lose weight has always been a contentious subject. It has largely drawn flack thanks to the wave of "unhealthy" weight loss products being endorsed by influencers and such, especially since such products contain ingredients that perform like laxatives.
Negative perception aside, there are a class of supplements that aim to give you a healthy leg up in your weight loss journey by helping curb your appetite outside your three standard meals a day. This makes you less prone to succumbing to cravings, or snacking. These ingredients achieve this by regulating blood sugar and such, while imparting certain health benefits to your body. Some even come with thermogenic properties to help you burn fat.
Bear in mind that effective fat loss comes with a good exercise regimen and dietary practises. These are simply aids. Here are four of the best supplements you ought to take to help reduce your appetite.
Fish oil has endless positive points, among one of the lesser known is how it helps you decrease your body fat. It is rich in fatty acids that are highly beneficial. Omega-3 is one of them, and it's responsible for increasing adiponectin levels. Adiponectin is a hormone tied closely to insulin sensitivity, and taking fish oil helps to balance out your blood sugar levels, making you less prone to feeling like you're craving sugary foods.
Stemming from the seeds of the plantago ovato plant, psyllium husks are soluble fibre that you can take to benefit gut health and regulate your bowels. It also has a lesser known potential: suppressing your appetite. When taken with water, the husks swell in your stomach, making you feel fuller. Fibre also causes food to travel slower from your stomach to intestines, prolonging this feeling and cutting how much you need to eat.
Green tea is one of the most beneficial appetite suppressants on the market, but this isn't an excuse to go out and get your hands on all things sweet and matcha-based. Green tea contains two peptide hormones known as dopamine and norepinephrine. These stimulate your nervous system, especially the area that craves food, and reduces it. You don't have to take green tea supplements to reap the full benefits. Just a glass of green tea after a meal is enough to keep you full for longer. Green tea is also a highly effective and natural fat burner, so you're really reaping double the benefits.
Whey protein is just relentless when it comes to benefits. Take it as a snack or after a workout, and you'll find yourself less prone to hunger pangs, while feeling fuller for a longer period of time. This is because whey protein helps increase the levels of a hormone known as cholecystokinin, which is what regulates your appetite in your body. Whey protein also is a staple for anyone going on a high protein diet, or is aiming to build muscle and burn fats effectively.
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