We all know dieting is hard work, no one needs to tell us that! Smart dieters acknowledge this fact and keep their minds open when it comes to harnessing the power of nature to keep their weight loss on track. There are several natural herbs which can help suppress the appetite, and since you’re a smart dieter, we thought you’d appreciate us letting you know more about them.
How natural herbs suppress appetite
Though each herb works slightly differently, most of them suppress appetite by either expanding in the stomach, altering mood, or providing a more satisfying, satiating effect to meals. Many of the same herbs also increase the body’s metabolic rate, which, while not suppressing appetite, does make it easier to lose weight faster.
Here are five herbs which can be used to suppress the appetite:
1 Garcinia Cambogia
Garcinia Cambogia is a native Indonesian plant. It’s a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit, typically added to supplements (and naturally to meals), to make them more filling.
Garcinia Cambogia suppresses appetite by increasing serotonin levels, which can prevent the emotional eating that can occur when dieting. Serotonin is nature’s appetite suppressant and can be very effective at both decreasing the amount of food eaten, and improving mood.
Nettle leaf, (also known as stinging nettle) is a flowering plant that has historically been used for medicinal purposes, but can also be used for appetite suppression, again due to its positive effect on serotonin levels. Many smart dieters consume nettle leaf in tea form to curb appetite and stave off cravings, but it can also be eaten when cooked.
Nettle leaf also has a number of other detoxifying, beneficial properties, such as its ability to promote healthy blood circulation and cardiovascular health. Rich in iron, protein and other nutrients, it’s an extremely beneficial herb to add to your diet.
Psyllium suppresses appetite through its ability to make you feel full. In fact, a study by the University of Maryland found that even small amounts of psyllium fiber can decrease appetite, as the husks swell once consumed. Thus, you can eat fewer calories, all while still feeling satisfied!
Psyllium can be consumed in granule, husk, capsule or powder form, and should be available at your local health food store.
4 Bee pollen
Bee pollen contains phenylalanine, a natural appetite suppressant. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that controls the release of cholecystokinin, which controls satiation. If you supplement with bee pollen about 30 minutes to one hour before a meal, you’ll feel fuller, eat less, and lose weight.
Not only this, bee pollen contains hormone-stabilizing properties and also improves muscle recovery following exercise. Increasing muscle mass is an important factor in increasing metabolism, so this is especially beneficial in supporting your long-term weight loss efforts.
Parsley actively helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, which helps you to keep your appetite on an even keel. In addition to this, parsley is rich in other nutrients, and helps cleanse both the liver and kidneys. This allows the body to rid itself of toxins more effectively and as a result be in a better position to burn more stored excess fat.
The best part about using parsley as a herb to lose weight is that it’s easy to incorporate into any number of recipes – this means you don’t have to use supplements to take advantage of this herb. Instead, you can just use it in your diet regularly and enjoy the appetite stabilising properties it offers.
Take your pick and eat less with ease!
Whether you choose to use one of the herbs above, or experiment with all of them, you can’t go wrong when you’re trying to suppress your appetite. They’re all a great choice, whether you choose to add them to meals, take them as supplements or add them to your favorite juicing recipe.
For the ultimate appetite-killing experience, you can also add PhenQ into the mix! PhenQ contains caffeine, and a proprietary blend of other natural ingredients which help suppress appetite without any harmful side effects.
With so many ways to suppress your appetite, you’ll never have to diet and go hungry again! Which herbs have you used for weight loss? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.