What Natural Appetite Suppressant Can Keep You Feeling Full with No Cravings?

Diet Woman At Grocery Store With Junk Food

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One of the problems with junk food is that it tastes so darn good. It’s true, we won’t deny it.  Companies that make fast food and junk food actually put chemicals in the food that appeals to certain parts of your brain that register pleasure. Well, who the heck doesn’t want more pleasure? Well, this is one pleasure you don’t want to indulge in because it will kill you.

So how can you naturally reduce those cravings for junk food as well as quell your appetite? One recent study showed that there is something that just might do the trick. Spinach extract. The thylakoids in spinach decrease our desire for things such as sweets, or junk food. These types of cravings are often called hedonic hunger, and this has been linked to be the most common cause of obesity.

When hedonic hunger is controlled, people have better control over the general appetite and over unhealthy eating patterns. The thylakoids have been found to stop cravings for junk foods and sugar by 95 percent. This lead to an increase in weight loss by 43 percent!

The study we are referring to was done in Sweden at Lund University. This study used 38 women who were overweight. Half of the women drank a liquid that had 5grams of spinach extract (thylakoids) every morning before they ate breakfast while the other half of the women drank a placebo. The women were then told to eat 3 balanced meals each day but not to eat anything “special” or any “diet” food.

After 3 months, researchers found that spinach extract was able to induce the women to make healthier food choices and it increased their hormones that made them feel more satisfied and full throughout the day. The group that drank the thylakoids lost 11 pounds, while the placebo group lost 7 pounds. The women who drank this spinach extract lost more weight and they told researchers that they found it much easier to stick to their diets.

Researchers believe that this is due to the way thylakoids work in the body. They extend the amount of time the body takes to digest food, which makes you feel full for a longer time. Our digestion systems work fine, it’s the modern, junk food diet that is the problem, and it tends to digest fast food quickly. When you feel full you are able to stop eating between meal snacks such as chips and candy.

 

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Researchers also found that those who took the thylakoid had reduced insulin levels even though their blood sugar levels remained unchanged. This means that the body needed less insulin to keep the blood sugar response normal. Higher levels of insulin are associated with inflammation and an increase in belly fat, which increases the risk of developing heart disease and other chronic diseases.

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Another easy alternative to helping you feel more full and satisfied after meals is to eat plenty of green vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and spinach. You can eat a huge amount of these veggies for almost no calories. These foods will do the same thing because the volume of food can be huge but the calorie count remains very small.

Many people find that by drinking water they can get the same results. Try drinking a full glass of water before your meal and then again about 20 minutes after your meal. This can also lead to making you feel fuller and allow you to eat less.

If those hedonic hunger or cravings should take ahold of you, try drinking some water, maybe eat some organic, steamed green veggies and see if those cravings stop. Although you cannot buy thylakoid supplements in the US, you can also buy spinach extract in most health food stores and try adding it to your morning smoothie and see if this method works for you as it did for the women in this study.

Sources:

Sciencedaily.com

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Vander Wal JS, Gupta A, Khosla P, & Dhurandhar NV (2008) Egg breakfast enhances weight loss. Int, J Obesity 32:1545-1551.