June 19, 2013
Is Appetite Suppression Healthy?
What is Appetite Suppression and how does it work?
An appetite suppressant, or anorectic, is a drug or dietary supplement which reduces your appetite and food consumption. Most appetite suppressants work in two different ways:
- First- They reduce your appetite and make you not feel hungry.
- Second: They increase satiety, or the feeling of being full.
These different effects are achieved through neurotransmitter pathways in the brain. One common way this interaction occurs is in the central nervous system, where the anorectic acts as a stimulant to increase heart rate and blood pressure and decrease your appetite.
Natural Appetite Suppressants
There are ways to suppress your appetite without taking any pills. Here are some foods that will help you lessen cravings in an all-natural way:
-Water: Drinking an 8-ounce glass of fresh water when you start to feel hungry is a good way to suppress your appetite. If you drink a full 8oz glass and wait 10 minutes, there will be a dramatic reduction in your appetite.
-Apples: Apples are high in fiber. Fiber fills your stomach up more quickly than other foods. Also, eating an apple generally requires more chewing time so that your body registers getting full while you eat, instead of not feeling the effects until you’ve finished eating.
-Almonds: According to a study done by North American Association for the Study of Obesity, almonds enhance feelings of fullness and help to stop unhealthy snacking.
-Oatmeal : Real oatmeal, not instant, is one of the healthiest carbs and has a high fiber content. Eating one small bowl slowly for breakfast or as a snack can help you feel full.
-Flaxseeds: One ounce of flaxseed provides 8 grams of fiber. The more fiber you consume, the slower your blood sugar rises, helping to prevent hunger hormones. Also, flaxseed is the best known plant source of omega-3.
Is Suppressing your appetite safe?
Many appetite suppression drugs have been banned, and most prescriptions for appetite suppression today contain stimulants such as ephedrine. These stimulants reduce appetite, but once the pills are no longer being taken, appetites return with a vengeance and lost pounds rapidly return.
Common side effects of stimulant, according to Disease Prevention and Treatment by Life Extension Foundation include: “dry mouth, anxiety, insomnia, dizziness and lightheadedness, headache, palpitations, and (rarely) increased blood pressure.”
Natural appetite suppression is safe. In fact, a healthy diet should contain the right number of carbohydrates and fiber to give you that “full feeling” without having to overindulge.
Suppressing your appetite in a healthy way is safe, and should be naturally occurring with a healthy diet. All natural dietary supplements can also be a safe way to decrease your appetite. Many prescriptions and appetite suppressant drugs contain stimulates that can be harmful to your body and may ultimately end with gaining back the weight you lost.