Appetite suppressants are diet products that aim to take away your hunger, make you feel full and keep food cravings under control. Usually, they come in the form of diet pills, but there are also drinks, patches and powders.
There are two types of appetite suppressants. Some of them trick your brain into thinking that you are full and can no longer eat. They do it by regulating the hunger hormone in the brain so that it starts sending a “full stomach” signal and even if you haven’t eaten much, you can’t take another bite. These pills also increase serotonin and catecholamine levels in the brain. These are two chemicals that regulate your appetite and mood.
The other kind of appetite suppressants actually make you full, but do it without giving you extra calories. For one, they are high on fibre. If you have lots of fibre in your food, it fills you up faster and keeps you full longer.
The best thing about appetite suppressants is that they help us stay away from unhealthy snacks in between meals. This is actually where we get most of our calories, yet they have little nutritional value.
Most over the counter appetite suppressants don’t have any serious side effects if taken in recommended amounts. The pills have usually included several vitamins and nutrients in their formulas that don’t allow you to feel weak because of your food intake has decreased.
Who Should Take Appetite Suppressants?
Appetite suppressants can help you achieve your weight loss goals and may be just the right product for you if your answer is “yes” to at least one of the questions below:
- Do you tend to eat junk food?
- Is it hard for you to stop eating even when you have had more than enough?
- Is it hard for you to stick to diets?
- Do you have food cravings late at night?
- Do you always eat while watching TV?