A dietary supplement that reduces appetite and in turn food consumption and as a result helps you in losing weight is known as an appetite suppressant or anorexigenic.
Appetite suppressants are of various types and are available both as an over-the-counter and prescription drug. Most over the counter appetite suppressants are derived from plant extracts.
A very popular natural appetite suppressant is extracted from hoodia, a flowering plant. Other appetite suppressants use green tea as a basis combined with other plant extracts like seaweed.
Serotonin and Catecholamine are chemicals in the brain that affect the mood and appetite. An appetite suppressant increases the levels of these chemicals in the brain and misleads the body into believing that it is not hungry.
Having a fit and healthy body is the stepping stone to a healthy body. When it is difficult to control the intake of food, it becomes more difficult to lose weight. An exercise regime is definitely needed but when a person exercises, they feel hungrier than before as the body tries to save fat. Appetite suppressants can help a personlose weight faster.
Who can benefit from taking Appetite Suppressant
Appetite suppressants will benefit most people. However, people with high blood pressure, an over-active thyroid, diabetes, and kidney disease should consult a doctor before using appetite suppressants.
People with emotional disorders should also consult with a doctor before use. It is not advisable to use appetite suppressants for more than 8-12 weeks. Appetite suppressants should not be used for too long as it can become a habit. Appetite suppressants are not recommended for use by children.
Side effects of appetite suppressants include nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, sleeplessness, and irritability. Other side effects may include stomach problem or constipation when you start using appetite suppressants. These subside soon enough but you should consult a doctor if the problem persists.
The dosage depends on the appetite suppressant you are using. It is best to follow the directions on the pack.