By Kareem - August 25, 2014
Losing weight can be hard. It takes effort, dedication and willpower. Sometimes, the willpower is the weak link, especially if you’re adjusting to a low carb diet. That’s where appetite suppressants can come in handy. If used correctly, they can take the edge off the cravings and act as a temporary crutch to help you through that transition phase.
What are Appetite Suppressants?
Ideally, you want to be eating 5-6 small meals per day, but we can’t all have that schedule, so we grab what we can in between meals. A doughnut here, a biscuit there… They all add up.
Appetite suppressants are supps designed to take the edge off those between meal cravings. You still need to be eating proper meals though. If you’re not getting the nutrients you need, any weight loss won’t last long.
What do Appetite Suppressants do?
How hungry you are can depend on a lot of things. If it’s because your body needs fuel, then you don’t need an appetite suppressant, you need to eat something!
At other times though, it may be because you’re bored, because of habit or because you’re adjusting to a lower kilojoule diet.
When this happens, your stomach tells your brain that it’s hungry, and you respond by eating. Appetite suppressants interrupt this process by either convincing your stomach that it’s actually much fuller than it really is, or blocking some of the message it sends to your brain, telling you to eat.
This lessens your desire to keep opening the fridge and the pantry doors until you find something to eat. If you’re hungry and the smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies wafts by though, you’ll still feel a desire to have some. This is because you want the taste, not because your body needs it, so don’t think appetite suppressants will turn you into a shaolin monk with mental control of every process of your body. You’ll still be just as tempted if you surround yourself with temptation.
What goes into Appetite Suppressants?
There are loads of different ingredients that can help, such as Hoodie Gordonii plant extract, Chromium, Zinc, Guarana plant extract, Caffeine and Yerba mate. They all have different ways of suppressing our appetite though, so you will often find that your appetite suppressant supplement will have a combination of several (or even all) of them.
Which one should I choose?
Which one you choose is largely up to your personal preferences. Some of the ingredients (like caffeine and guarana) are pretty stimulating, so if you're taking them late in the day, you will struggle to get to sleep.
Others like Zinc and Chromium can be found in multivitamins and other supplements, so if you're taking these ingredients elsewhere, it might be best to avoid them in your appetite suppressant. You don't want too much of these minerals in your diet, as it can actually harm your health.
When should I take it?
It's always best to read the package carefully when taking any supplement, but especially with appetite suppressants. They're a pretty serious supplement, and should be treated that way. You might need to take a single dose per day, or several, but make sure you don't take too much. More is not better.
Once you’ve read AND understood the label, follow the instructions very carefully. If you’re unsure, double check, triple check, even phone us here at Supps R Us if you need a bit of help with it. We’re here to help you with your fitness goals, and we’re only to happy to offer advice.
What are the side effects?
While the non-prescription versions we sell tend to be based on natural ingredients, there are still things you should be aware of. If you’re not getting the kilojoules you need, you’ll feel tired and have reduced motivation, which means that you won’t be active enough to exercise.
As with all supplements, if you find yourself having negative effects, it is a good idea to consult a health professional.
What can they stack with?
Appetite suppressants can contain some similar ingredients to Pre-workouts, multi vitamins and testosterone boosters. If you read the ingredients list and notice the same ones showing up on a few of the supplements you're taking, you need to cut some of them out or switch to a supplement with different active ingredients.
Other than that, they can stack well with most supplements, especially a slow release casein. The casein stays in your stomach for a long time, and the appetite suppressant makes sure you're not snacking for the sake of it. It's not a long-term solution, but it can be just what you need to adjust to a new eating plan.
Is it safe for women too?
Appetite suppressants are just as safe(and as dangerous) for women as they are for men. Just like men, if you’re using it to give yourself that little boost you need to avoid over eating at mealtime, or to stop snacking, then it can be a great help. If you're using it to avoid eating altogether, you are doing great damage to your health, and should consult a medical professional.
Changing your diet is difficult, especially if you’re trying to change habits you’ve had for many years. If you’re trying to reduce your food intake, a good appetite suppressant can be the supplement that makes it just a little easier to achieve your health and fitness goals, just make sure you're using it correctly, and for a limited time.