Posted by: CC | 2009/08/19

Appetite Suppressant

Dear Doc,

I am a 34 year old (or young!) healthy female, I am 5ft 9 and weigh 89kg. I need to loose weight and do try to eat regular, small, healthy meals. My problem is that I am always hungry, even if I eat a big meal I don' t seem to ever feel full, so the result is that I snack on the wrong type of foods in-between. Is there perhaps a healthy appetite suppressant that you could suggest?

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Dear CC
I am personally not in favour of any appetite suppressants, both pharmaceutical and herbal, because they usually contains ingredients that are potentially dangerous and addictive. Your constant hunger could be caused by an imbalance in your insulin levels. It may be a good idea to have your blood glucose and insulin levels tested (ask your gp to arrange these tests). If you should suffer from so-called insulin resistance (IR), then it is essential for you to consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your IR and other conditions, such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels, so start doing an aerobic exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life).
Best regards

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