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Throughout my 15+ year career, I've seen countless diet and weight loss tactics, from powders, pills and potions, to unorthodox treatments, like ice baths and ear clips

When clients inquire, "Should I try this?" my first step is to check out the science, and often times, there isn't any While that doesn't mean there's no validity, it does mean there are many unanswered questions, like how much, how often, and what are the side effects?

In my research, I sometimes find that even products and approaches with studies behind them carry more risks than benefits For these reasons, many experts maintain a skeptical eye One University of Alabama professor made quite a few headlines earlier this year by calling most weight loss aids a waste of money, including some celebrities swear by

But, I get it, because the primary mantra in health care is always: first, do no harm That's why my go-to bag of tricks is full of safe techniques grounded in research

Here are nine that can either help curb your appetite or delay the return of hunger--and they won't make you miserable

It may seem counterintuitive, but eating more fat is a smart weight-loss strategy--as long as it's the right kind

Researchers at UC Irvine discovered that oleic acid, a "good" fat, helps trigger the small intestine to produce oleoylethanolamide, a compound that finds its way to nerve endings and transmits a hunger-curbing message to the brain

Great sources include nuts, avocado and extra virgin olive oil Bonus: fat also delays stomach emptying, which keeps you fuller longer

Arizona State University researchers found that cutting food into smaller pieces boosts satiety more than eating one larger piece of food with the same number of calories College students given a whole bagel ate more of it and downed more calories at a subsequent meal than those who were served the same bagel sliced into four pieces

Test this trick on yourself, or reach for "loose" foods, that naturally provide more, smaller pieces per serving, like grape tomatoes, berries, grapes, popcorn, nuts and seeds

In one Brazilian study, researchers found that in addition to burning calories and revving up metabolism, exercise can restore the sensitivity of neurons involved in satiety, which in turn, naturally curbs food consumption

Even a walk will do Another study from the University of Exeter found that taking a 15-minute walk, rather than a 15 minute break, cut snacking at work by 50 percent

Incorporating fragrant seasonings into each meal, like fresh grated ginger, fresh mint, cinnamon, rosemary and basil, is one of the core philosophies in my newest book SASS! Yourself Slim In addition to adding flavor and antioxidants, aromatic foods may also help you eat less In one study, when subjects had the ability to control their own dessert portions, they ate 5-10 percent less of stronger smelling selections

Whole grains are hot, but whole rye foods may cause you to nibble less than their whole wheat counterparts Research shows that rye triggers a lower insulin response, boosts post-meal fullness, and results in naturally eating less at the following meal

The easiest way to enjoy rye is in the form of crackers, but it's also being incorporated into more foods, like rye pasta, and rye flakes, an oatmeal alternative

Scientists from the University of Birmingham looked at how remembering the same day's lunch influenced the amount of salty or sweet snacks eaten later in the day Volunteers who were asked to recall their lunch, versus their commute, ate less of the treats they were allowed to nosh on in unlimited amounts

You've been hearing it since you were in grade school, but breaking the fast, the origin of the word breakfast, is a rule to live by In addition to jump-starting your metabolism, a morning meal has a ripple effect on your intake Breakfast skippers eat 40 percent more sweets, 55 percent more soda, 45 percent fewer vegetables and 30 percent less fruit than those who eat breakfast In addition, breakfast skippers are 45 times more likely to be overweight

For the best balance, aim for a combo of fruit, whole grain, lean protein, and healthy fat, like this mango parfait

If you tend to eat on-the-go and gobble down your food, work on s-l-o-w-i-n-g it down A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that eating too quickly curtails the release of hormones that induce feelings of fullness, which can trigger mindless overeating Another University of Rhode Island study found that slow eaters take in about four times fewer calories per minute, and experience a higher level of satiety, despite eating less food

To get on board, put your utensil or food down between every bite, take a deep breath, and stop eating when you feel you've had just enough, even if you haven't cleaned your plate

Soft lighting and music aren't just for romance Cornell University researchers discovered that they also help rein in eating Under these conditions, restaurant diners rated their meals as more enjoyable and consumed 18 percent less, enough to result in losing between 10 and 20 pounds over a year's time

There are so many more tried and true tactics, but I'd love to hear from you What helps you feel less hungry and more full (that doesn't come in a bottle)? Please tweet your thoughts to @CynthiaSass and @goodhealth

What can i do to curb my appetite

What can i do to curb my appetite

For a highly effective product with hoodia gordonii extract that helps you eat less, see Diet-Rx natural appetite suppressant I have tested Diet Rx with patients and the results have been consistent in terms of appetite suppression

Hoodia supplements appear to be effective for appetite control in many, but not all, users Since there are hundreds of hoodia products on the market, in a variety of extract potencies and quality of raw materials, it is difficult to give an evaluation that would apply to all productsThe easiest way to enjoy rye is in the form of crackers, but its also being incorporated into more foods, like rye pasta, and rye flakes, an oatmeal alternative. We've had feedback from hoodia gordonii supplement users regarding appetite control, and the results are mixed Overall, though, it seems about 50 to 60% of the feedback has been positive

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Hoodia gordonii is a succulent found in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa The San Tribesmen of the Kalahari have been using it as a food source for thousands of years

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Hoodia gordonii has a compound called P57 that works directly in the brain to help reduce appetite For thousands of years the bushman of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa have been chewing on it to stop hunger while they were on hunts or journeys, where there was little of no food available to them

Coleus forskohlii contains Forskolin which increases Cyclic AMP thus influencing membrane transport proteins and increasing fat metabolism

Hoodia powder versus extract

Which form is better? We really don't know the answer to whether hoodia powder or extract is better since no studies have been done comparing the two

An appetite suppressant from Hoodia species

Two pregnane glycosides were isolated by fractionation of the dried stems of Hoodia gordonii Compound 1 was tested for its appetite suppressant properties in rats by oral gavage at 625-50mg/kg and the results showed that all doses resulted in a decrease of food consumption over an eight day period and a body mass decrease when compared to the control sample receiving only the vehicle

The Sad San Story -- A short history of the San Bushmen

In 2004 it was reported in the news that more than 200 bushmen from the Kalahari desert took the Botswana government to court over their forced eviction from ancestral lands They are challenging a 2002 decision to resettle them outside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which was their home for tens of thousands of years

Is hoodia a diet pill?

I'm still trying to evaluate the feedback from users of hoodia gordoni Thus far I tend to lean towards the probability that this natural product is in fact helpful to curb appetite, but I still need many more case reports from hoodia users before coming to a firmer opinion In the meantime, I am confident that Diet Rx with hoodia extract is a potent appetite suppressant

Side effects, safety, danger, risk, allergy

Chemical composition, what's in it?

Hoodia has many components, including C21-steroidal derivatives, namely gordonosides, along with goodigosides, and oxypregnane glycosides P57AS3 (P57), an oxypregnane steroidal glycoside, is believed to be the active constituent from this plant in terms of appetite suppression P57 increases the content of ATP by 50-150% in hypothalamic neurons which may be one of the mechanisms by which hoodia works as an appetite suppression

Determination of the appetite suppressant P57 in Hoodia gordonii plant extracts and dietary supplements by liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and LC-UV methods

J AOAC Int 2006

Increased ATP content/production in the hypothalamus may be a signal for energy-sensing of satiety: studies of the anorectic mechanism of a plant steroidal glycoside

Q I'm currently taking hoodia supplement Background: I'm 52, 5' 2", with apparently no metabolism but a normal appetite and work in a stressful place where there's food all around me You can guess what that did It's too early to record anything significant as to weight loss, but I'll be astonished if it doesn't happen as hoodia is willpower in a bottle! I now eat only when my stomach is growling, only a tiny amount is enough, and have been able to postpone meals and stop snacking completely Hoodia is much better than the over-the-counter appetite suppressant that they banned a few years back I start in the morning with 2 hoodia capsules, and may have another in the afternoon if I feel a snack appetite coming on If night eating starts happening, I'll take another one then, but it hasn't been a problem I tried Atkins - it works, but more slowly than when I was young and seems to plateau quickly Hoodia plant seems to work even on emotional-based eating patters: my job is just as stressful, I haven't won the lottery, yet I'm no longer self-medicating with food I may try combining Atkins with Hoodia to reduce calorie intake (calories do count in Atkins, just according to a different formula) Hoodia might be a partial answer to an important problem in our society

A week later update: I've had to cut back my morning hoodia dose from two to one pill after about a week - I've read elsewhere about hoodia effects building up I've started to lose a little, too - I get little 'pits' in the fat when it's starting to shrink Nothing obvious yet This natural pill is still willpower in a bottle I notice a slight bitter taste and mild sensation in my mouth and lips when its effect is at its height, and taking too much hoodia made me almost a little giddy

Q On 60 Minutes it was reported that some hoodia products being sold on web sites did not actually contain it How can I be certain that what web sites are selling is the real hoodia product?

Q Do the hoodia gordonii pills sold to the consumer work?

A I personally have not tested many hoodia products, but I know of more than a dozen people who have tried it The majority claim hoodia reduced their appetite without side effects, although none had taken hoodia longer than 4 weeks The others did not think the hoodia supplement worked for them Even if hoodia stops appetite, there have not been any long term human trials to see if hoodia supplements lead to long term weight loss

Q How do I know if I buy a hoodia diet pill product that it is pure hoodia?

A Unfortunately, I would not be surprised if some companies are selling hoodia products that are not true to their label Buy hoodia from a company you are familiar with The only way to know for certain is to have an independent lab test analyze the hoodia supplement

Q I heard on 60 minutes that hoodia has H57, a compound mostly responsible for the appetite suppression Does a hoodia supplement sold in stores have this H57 compound?

A I don't know for sure but I would suspect that a hoodia product would have H57 but I have not seen any test results to know for certain Practically speaking, most people are noticing appetite suppression from the use of hoodia supplements

Q I've seen hoodia spelled as gordoni and gordonii Which is the right spelling?

A The right spelling is hoodia gordonii

Q I was interested in beginning to take hoodia appetite suppressant However, I am currently taking 10 mg of Enalapril for treatment of high blood pressure Will hoodia and these pills interact?

A No human trials are available regarding hoodia supplement use along with medications, therefore it is very difficult to say what kind of interaction, if any, would occur when taking hoodia and a blood pressure medication such as an ACE inhibitor

Q I saw a documentary on BBC news that hoodia had no side effects Is this true?

A In my opinion, all herbs have the potential for side effects Hoodia gordonii is still a new supplement on the market, and when tens of thousands of people start taking it, there is bound to be some hoodia side effects reported

A We have not tested Hoodia 920 and hence don't know if it leads to weight loss At this time the only info on hoodia is updated on this web page

I would like to try a hoodia diet pill but there are literally dozens of products marketed on the internet How do I know that there is actual hoodia gordonii in these pills?

Unless you send the product to an independent lab, you can not be 100 percent certain that the product you buy will have hoodia gordonii or the right amount as stated on the label However, most of the large companies selling hoodia weight loss pills are reliable