Your willpower, no matter how strong, isn’t always enough to avoid food cravings. This is especially true during the Holiday season when you tend to be offered them more often. One thing you can do is use a nutritional supplement for additional support. This article reviews 4 supplements that are proven clinically and in the real world to keep you feeling full and your cravings at bay. You can take them individually or together, depending on your needs.
The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil – EPA and DHA – have two benefits, they help reduce cravings and will keep you feeling full. They do this by enabling your brain to release more chemicals that tell your body that you are full. Fish oil can also help you lose a few extra pounds of fat. You need to take at least 2-3 grams every day to see these benefits.
Whey & Casein Protein Powder
Drinking a protein shake before you go out to a Holiday dinner or party will help you stay full too. The key is to drink the right type. Instead of drinking a whey protein shake, which is digested very quickly, have one that contains casein too. This type of protein is digested much slower, over several hours that enables you to feel full longer.
Gaspari Myofusion Probiotic and BSN Syntha 6 are whey-casein protein shakes that mix easily in a Blender Bottle and taste great.
If you typically crave carbohydrate rich foods, especially breads, pasta, and sweets taking 5 HTP may be worth trying. Studies show that 5-HTP can help reduce cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods. I’ve used myself when I’m following a low carbohydrate diet and find it to be effective, especially during the first couple of weeks when I’m adapting to eating this way. Like fish oil, 5-HTP helps increase the levels of chemicals in your brain to decrease your appetite and cravings. It’s not a stimulant like caffeine so it won’t cause you to feel nervous or jittery.
Nutritional supplement expert Dr. Ray Sahelian recommends taking between 50-100 mg day. As with all of the supplements mentioned in this article, check with your doctor before taking this supplement, especially if you are taking any prescription medications. Now 5-HTP is one supplement that contains the recommend dosage in one capsule.
Drinking a protein shake or glass of water with added fiber before going out is a simple way to stay full for several hours. It doesn’t help really help reduce cravings so you should use in conjunction with one of the other products on the list for maximum benefit.
When choosing a fiber supplement I recommend one that’s unflavored. Then you can add it to a protein shake without changing its flavor. Flavored fiber supplements often taste really bad making them tough to drink too.One unflavored fiber supplement that I find effective is Optimum Nutrition Fitness Fiber.
After reading this article you know of several safe and effective nutritional supplements that can help you stay on track with your diet during the Holiday season. One last tip is to use them in conjunction with a workout program that focuses on strength training as working out will help you burn off the extra calories you may occasionally eat. For more visit to Liveleantoday.