Why Appetite Suppression Is Needed To Lose Weight?

Introduction and background

The question of why appetite suppression is needed to lose weight is one of the most frequently  asked questions from the dieticians, fitness and weight loss experts and even doctors. This is because of the fact that appetite is, perhaps, the hardest-to-control part of one’s diet or weight loss regimen and schedule. People may exercise easily, choose to eat foods of their own choices pretty quickly and yet they find it extremely difficult to control their desire to eat more. So, what’s the solution and is controlling appetite needed at all? The following article is intended to answer these questions in an easy, helpful way. Read on to discover below.


What is appetite?

Appetite can be defined as the natural, physiological desire or need that urges a person to eat. or consume food. Other terms often used for appetite include hunger or eating desire. The foods or factors that enhance or increase your appetite are, accordingly, known as “appetizers”.  When a person fulfils his / her appetite by eating something, he or she is said to be “satiated”. Thus, the term “satiation” is opposite to appetite.


What is appetite suppression?

Appetite suppression is the process or phenomenon of curbing the appetite or desire to eat more by natural or artificial means to achieve a desired objective. For example, if you want to eat less, you will need to curb or suppress your appetite either by means of some drug, some food or anything that will give you a feeling of fullness or satiation.


What are appetite suppressants?

Appetite suppressants are any substances, compounds, foods or drugs that will suppress, reduce or block your appetite. Examples of such appetite suppressants include herbal appetite suppressants, medical drugs that are prescribed to reduce appetite or surgery (gastric bypass surgery).


Is not appetite suppression dangerous?

A wise mind may naturally ask that if appetite suppression is a natural, normal physiological process that is found in every individual, why we need to suppress it all. And if we do, will not it affect other vital processes of our body? Will it be all right at all?  The answer to this question is simple…

Appetite suppression does not mean “permanently blocking” your appetite  All it does is that it “reduces or decreases” your urge to eat more for short term or temporarily. As a result you eat less. In other words, it does not eliminate or remove your appetite. Rather, it just “optimizes” it or minimizes it so that you still get all the much needed nutrients through your food and yet does not eat the fatty, bulky calorie rich food.


Why appetite suppression is needed at all?

We now come to our key question i.e. why one needs to suppress or reduce his / her appetite all?

The answer to this question is quite simple. A weight loss seeker, a fitness enthusiast or a focused dieter will definitely need to reduce his appetite to achieve his (or her) weight loss goals within an optimum time frame. To lose fat and body weight, one must need to waste or expend his calories in a greater quantity. Our body’s calorie balance works as follows:

Calorie input: This refers to the total calories that our body takes in the form of food or whatever we eat. It is also known as calorie consumption  To lose weight, our calorie input must be less than our calorie output.

Calorie output: This refers to the total calories that our total body burns or expels in the form of physical activity or metabolism / digestion. It is also known as calorie expenditure. To lose weight, our calorie input must be more than our calorie input.

Successful weight loss = Calorie input < Calorie output


What appetite suppressants will work best for me?

Appetite suppressants can be of many types such as:

Water: Water is an excellent natural zero-calorie appetite suppressants that is completely free and works best if consumed thirty minutes before having your meals.

Foods: Certain foods can also act as natural appetite suppressants. Examples of such foods include fibre-rich foods like lettuce, green leafy vegetables, vitamin C rich foods, green tea etc.,.

Medical drugs: There are certain allopathic ./ medical drugs that doctors often prescribe to people who are “obese” and can;t seem to control their appetite by other means. It should be, however, always be remembered that medial drugs have a number of serious side effects and complications. Furthermore, they work only temporarily and are actually quite expensive  In most cases, the consumption of these drugs is also not covered by your insurance provider.

Herbal suppressants: Fortunately, with the advancements in naturopathy and herbal health sciences, the use of natural appetite suppressants / herbal appetite suppressing supplements has increased drastically. Care should, however, be taken in choosing the right and most suitable supplement as what works best for you may not work best for others.