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Appetite suppressants, both natural and over-the-counter, work by making the feeling of satiety last longer or reducing the anxiety that appears when you are on a diet.
Some examples of natural appetite suppressants are pear, green tea or oatmeal, while the main remedies include sibutramine, which is sold over the counter, or 5HTP, which is a natural supplement.
Among the main foods that inhibit appetite and hunger are:
- Pear: because it is rich in water and fiber, pear relieves the desire to eat sweets and prolongs the feeling of satiety in the intestine, as its digestion is slow;
- Green tea: is rich in flavonoids, polyphenols, catechins and caffeine, substances that activate metabolism, reduce inflammation in the body and help burn fat;
- Flaxseed: is rich in fiber, increasing the feeling of satiety and, consequently, decreasing the desire to eat;
- Oatmeal: is rich in fibers that naturally increase satiety and improve the intestinal flora, in addition to stimulating the production of serotonin, the well-being hormone.
In addition, thermogenic foods also help to increase metabolism and promote fat burning, such as pepper, cinnamon and coffee.
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2. Natural supplements
Natural supplements are usually sold in capsule form and are created from medicinal plants:
- 5 HTP: is made from the African plant Griffonia Simplicifolia, and helps to reduce appetite by increasing serotonin production and also helps in the control of other problems, such as insomnia, migraine and menopausal symptoms. Here's how to take it.
- Chromium Picolinate: Chromium is a mineral that improves insulin sensitivity, favoring better blood sugar control and reducing the feeling of hunger. It can also be found in foods such as meat, fish, eggs, beans, soybeans and corn.
- Spirulina: is a natural seaweed known as a super food for being rich in fiber, protein and several vitamins and minerals that improve metabolism and reduce cravings for sweets. It can be found in powder or capsules;
- Agar-agar: is a natural supplement made from seaweed that is rich in fiber and, when taken with water, leads to the formation of a gel in the stomach that increases the feeling of satiety.
These supplements can be found in he alth food stores and some pharmacies. In addition, in these places it is also possible to find other remedies that have several of these components mixed with fiber and that have the same effect. Some examples are: Slim Power, ReduFit or Fitoway, for example.
3. Pharmacy Remedies
These medications can be purchased at the pharmacy and should only be taken as directed by the doctor:
- Sibutramine: is used to reduce hunger and control mood, preventing anxiety spikes that lead to binge eating. Learn more about sibutramine and its risks;
- Saxenda: is an injectable medicine that regulates hunger, hormone production in the brain and helps control blood glucose, which is blood sugar;
- Victoza: It is mainly used for diabetes control, but also has an auxiliary effect on weight loss;
- Belviq: Increases levels of serotonin in the brain, which is the feel-good hormone, decreasing appetite and increasing satiety.
It is important to remember that all these medicines can have dangerous side effects for he alth and, therefore, they should only be used according to the doctor's prescription.
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