As anyone who has ever tried to lose weight will tell you, the biggest hurdle to losing those pounds is that constant hunger that often occurs the moment you drastically reduce calories. Unfortunately, those hunger pangs are a constant reminder that your appetite like your weight itself is no longer within normal limits. Finding an effective and natural appetite suppressant can help you to stick to your diet and achieve your weight loss goals. Let’s take a look at some natural appetite suppressants that may prove effective in reducing or eliminating those hunger pangs.
#1. Green Tea
Green tea is an excellent appetite suppressant as well as a great source of antioxidants. It is recommended that in order to suppress appetite that people consume three or four cups daily after meals. Unfortunately, many people who are trying to lose weight may have health problems that require them to limit the amount of fluid they consume and drinking an additional 3 or 4 cups of day may cause them more problems than it solves.
#2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is considered to be another excellent natural Appetite suppressant. It is recommended that you mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup water and consume 30 minutes prior to meals. However, vinegar may contain far too much acid for some people resulting in throat irritation and damage to teeth enamel. Also mixing the vinegar with water may not be feasible for people who have to watch their fluid intake.
#3. Omega 3s
Studies have shown that consuming more omega 3 fatty acids in your diet can help to curb appetite. One reason for this is because it is thought that Omega 3s may have a positive impact on serotonin levels and serotonin is not only a feel good hormone, it also helps to control appetite. So when serotonin levels are higher, then many people find themselves feeling less hungry. High serotonin levels may also help to reduce depression as well, simply because serotonin makes us view things from a happier point of view.
#4. Bee Pollen
Whether sprinkled on various foods you consume or taken as a supplement, bee pollen can be an extremely good appetite suppressant. Bee pollen contains all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain good health, which in and of itself can help reduce appetite and food cravings. Some studies also suggest that an over active appetite may be due in part to a chemical imbalance in the body; bee pollen works to correct these imbalances and in doing so may bring your appetite back under control.
The really great thing about bee pollen is that as well as helping to suppress appetite, it can also improve energy levels giving you more enthusiasm to exercise and to keep you going even when cutting back on calories. Best of all, unless you are allergic to bees or bee pollen most people can safely take bee pollen without adding calories to their diet or worrying about this supplement interfering with other medications you may be taking.