Are Appetite Suppressing Pills Worth It?

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We’re all on a quest to put our best selves forward and sometimes that includes losing a pound or two. To do this, we typically sign up for gym memberships and count calories. Sometimes diet pills also make their way into our weight loss methods, but are they worth it? 

Popular ingredients in appetite suppression pills like hoodia gordonii or green coffee bean extract may not actually deliver the results we want them to. “There are little or no rigorous data addressing the efficacy of these sorts of compounds,” says University of Alabama at Birmingham professor Timothy Garvey, MD. “People buying these products are likely to be wasting money.”

Rather than place your faith in a pill, there are ways that you can naturally curb your appetite. Starting the day with a protein packed breakfast of egg whites or low-fat yogurt has been proven to help you feel fuller longer because it takes your body longer to digest proteins.

Surprisingly, a snack containing unsaturated fat later in the day can also suppress your appetite. “Oleic acid, which is found in unsaturated fats, helps quell hunger,” says UAB Wellness director Lauren Whitt, Ph. D. “It may sound counterintuitive, but this is healthy fat, so snack on a couple tablespoons of peanut butter or an ounce of nuts.”

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