Glucomannan is a fiber that expands when taken with water and it's great for controlling blood sugar levels and appetite.
How it works. Take a dose with a large glass of water or other low to no calorie beverage. The combination of the glucomannan and liquid will expand in your stomach up to 50 times it's volume and thus will make you feel full before you begin eating. Additional benefits include slowing of blood sugar absorption during a meal which in turn keeps you feeling satisfied longer. Typical dosing is 1g about 30 minutes before eating.
Simmondsin is an extract of the herb jojoba which is commonly found in shampoo.
How it works. Production of a hormone called cholecystokinin or CCK, who's main duty is to trigger the feeling of fulness, is boosted in your body which therefore blunts your appetite. A typical dose is 100-500 mg on an empty stomach before a meal.
Five-HTP, 5-Hydroxytryptophan, is a slightly altered version of the amino acid tryptophan, known for causing drowsiness after eating turkey.
How it works. It serves as a precursor to serotonin in the brain, a calm happy brain chemical released after eating carbs. By supplementing with 5-HTP, you trick your body into thinking that you've just eaten a substantial amount of carbs. An added benefit is that it can serve as an herbal form of prozac to calm and relax you. Dosing is 50-100 mg before eating.
Chromium Picolinate is a great supplement that controls sugar and carb cravings. Chromium is involved in boosting insulin sensitivity, which in turn lets cells absorb more glucose. For this reason it's good at controlling blood sugar levels. By steadily controlling blood sugar levels, you're less likely to crave carbs. Dosing is 200 mcg before a meal.
Gymnema sylvestre is an Indian herb that was traditionally used to prevent diabetes. In hindi, the translation for gymena is "destroyer of sugar" and Indians swear that it kills your sweet tooth. This means it's easier to turn down dessert after a meal. It's very good at controlling blood sugar levels thereby reducing carb cravings. As an added bonus it can be taken after a workout in order to boost anabolic insulin levels and increase the absorption of proteins for muscle recovery. Dosing varies between 250-500 mg.
There you have it, 5 appetite suppressants that work. So from holidays to backyard barbecues keep these supplements in your appetite arsenal in order to provide your body and mind with the confidence they need to pass up eating to much of a good thing.