Thursday, April 5, 2012

Appetite suppressants

My sister in law started taking an appetite suppressor called “El-Shaddai Slim Shapers 777”. She has lost 20 pounds in 4 months. Are appetite suppressors safe?

The most effective way to lose weight is through lifestyle changes, such as increasing your physical activity and controlling portion sizes. Appetite suppressants aren't a magical solution to losing weight and can sometimes do more harm than good.

Wouldn’t it be better to figure out what is making your appetite hard to control? Are you going too long between meals? What are your triggers to eating?
Try this:
  • Fill up on fiber  - it  will naturally satisfy your hunger.
  • Keep a food journal and track your hunger level before/after meals. Give yourself a numerical score with 0-4.  (0 = not hungry; 2-3 = satisfied; 4 = very hungry). Try to stay around 2-3.
Ignoring hunger (if you really are hungry and it’s not just a craving) will eventually slow down your metabolism since your body will get used to not being fed and go into starvation mode.  
The supplements may work short term but it’s not a realistic, healthy, long-term solution. Also, there can be some side effects, especially if you are already taking other medications so it is best to consult your physician before taking them. 

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