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3 Natural Supplements to Help Control Cravings

Supplements That Control Cravings & Appetite

It’s the New Year and you’re visualizing a new you. Judging by how we all feel about food after the holidays, weight loss is likely part of your vision. You’re not alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) two-thirds of Americans are overweight, with just over one third being obese. Although exercise is likely on your radar, it can be hard to jump start weight loss with fitness alone. To help, consider these natural supplements to support appetite control. They’re not stimulants, which means they’re safe when used according to directions. Nor will these supplements magically melt the fat of your belly and hips. But if they can temper your food cravings, weight loss will likely follow.
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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple for Heart HealthApple Cider Vinegar gained traction as an appetite suppressant and weight-loss aid in the 1970s. And it’s still popular today. Science shows that vinegar lowers and stabilizes blood sugar levels. With more stable blood sugar, you’re less likely to experience hunger, according to studies conducted at Arizona State University and Sweden’s Lund University. Japanese researchers have reported that Apple Cider Vinegar inhibits several carbohydrate-digesting enzymes, including amylase, sucrase, maltase, and lactase. All of these factors can contribute to less hunger and subsequent weight loss.

Dose: Products vary, so follow label directions for use. May be safely combined with other supplements.
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Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia

Why am I not losing weight?Garcinia is rich in hydroxycitric acid (HCA), and both the fruit extract and HCA have been found to suppress appetite and blunt food intake, according to an April 2015 article in the journal Fitoterapia. Garcinia helps in weight loss through three mechanisms: It regulates serotonin levels related to appetite, increases the burning of fat, and decreases the body’s own production of fat.

Dose: 800-1,600 mg daily. You’ll find lower doses in supplements that combine garcinia with other appetite-suppressing ingredients.
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Soluble Fiber

Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber absorbs water in the gut to form a gel, creating a sense of fullness. Tat alone can reduce the desire to eat more, but soluble fiber may work in still other ways. It slows the movement of food from the stomach into the intestine, and may help stabilize blood sugar. Some soluble fiber supplements include inulin, glucomannan, beta-glucan, alginate, and psyllium.

Dose: Because fiber supplements vary, follow label directions for use. Fiber may be combined with other types of supplements.
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Carrot, Orange & Ginger Soup
Another way to jump-start your weight loss is by eating foods that help detoxify your body and stimulate digestion, such as this soup. Ginger is a great detoxifer and aids in digestion, and oranges contain limonene, a compound that inactivates toxins and hurries them out of the body.
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  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 pinch dried red pepper flakes
  3. 1 yellow onion, diced
  4. 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  5. 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  6. 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  7. 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  8. 3 cups water
  9. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  11. 1 orange (juice and zest)
  12. Salt and pepper (to taste)
  13. Crystallized ginger (for garnish)
  1. Set a soup pot over medium to medium-high heat for about 30 seconds. Add olive oil, red pepper flakes, onion, and ginger and quickly sauté for 2–4 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add carrots, potatoes, broth, water, thyme, and cardamom. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook until carrots and potatoes are soft, 12–15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. In batches, purée soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add orange juice and zest; add salt and pepper to taste. Purée again, return to stovetop, and heat through. Serve, garnished with crystallized ginger.
  1. Per Serving: 112 cal, 3g fat (2g mono, 1g poly, 0g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 2g protein, 21g carb, 3g fiber, 144mg sodium
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Article from January/February 2016 Living Healthy Everyday Magazine. Download your copy here. It’s free!

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