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Nutrients to Curb Ravenous Winter Appetite

Nutrients to Curb Ravenous Winter Appetite

If you are like most people, you are finding this holiday season, like you do every year, as an almost unavoidable opportunity to satiate your newly robust appetite for stuffing scrumptious yet filling feasts of food. It seems everywhere we turn, there is another office party, sit-down meal with family and/or other loved ones, or church holiday social offering us yet another chance to stuff ourselves, calorie counts being skipped. Don’t despair, though; for those of us who wish to curb an overactive appetite, certain nutrients and supplements can help you attain satisfaction at the table without being ravenous and overdoing it.

 

Increased Appetites in Winter

Studies have shown that appetites do increase during the cold winter months, and there are reasons for this. In fact, it’s normal to gain a couple of pounds in winter.

The increase in appetite during the winter holidays comes along for a few reasons. One of them is simply warmth. Food gives your cells energy, so your body will tend to crave more calories and carbs when it’s cold out. Another reason might be a primitive drive within us to stock up on food during the winter, when it can be difficult to find food in a primitive setting; This can mean an increased desire to consume food.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is another factor that leads some people to have winter cravings. Cold weather and long nights can cause a depletion of serotonin in some, leading to depression. Higher-calorie and carbohydrate-rich foods can be a means to alleviate depressed feelings in the wintertime, and many of us will eat more of these foods. It can be hard to avoid.

 

Nutrients to Diminish Appetite

If you would like to mitigate an appetite that could influence you to overeat, eat unhealthy foods, or gain weight, then the following supplements could be of help. Taking one or more of these, in tandem with being conscientious about your eating, could be of great help in avoiding overeating this winter. Sure, it’s too late to do anything about Thanksgiving obviously, but we are pretty sure you will get plenty more opportunities to overindulge between now and New Year’s Day.

A B-vitamin complex containing multiple B vitamins can help regulate metabolism and appetite. Vitamins B2, B3, B5, and B6 all contribute to healthy regulation of appetite and metabolism. Vitamin B6 can also promote healthy thyroid hormone production, which affects hunger and digestion.

Conjugated linoleic acid is polyunsaturated fatty acid that occurs naturally in some foods. This compound affects appetite-regulating genes and hormones. It has been shown to reduce appetite in animal studies, and it is believed to do so in humans as well.

Ginger is a spice with many health qualities. Consuming ginger can help suppress one’s appetite, and it is beneficial to digestive health as well. It has been shown to reduce appetite for at least three hours when taken at mealtime. 

Glucomannan is a soluble fiber that has a reputation as a weight-loss aid. It can absorb up to 50 times its weight in water. Because of this quality, glucomannan can help increase feelings of fullness, reduce appetite, and slow digestion.

Omega-3 fatty acids contain healthy fats and nutrients. The nutrients in omega-3s can help make up for calories not eaten, if you are indeed striving to avoid eating too many calories. Omega-3s have other great benefits for cardiovascular health, mood, reduced inflammation, among other body and mind variables.

 

Controlling your appetite this holiday season should not be an albatross on your experience. Consider the above supplements as a means to help you eat smart and healthy, and avoid cravings, overeating, and excess weight gain. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before taking any supplements for the first time.

 

* Statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. WonderLabs always recommends reviewing any nutritional supplement changes with your primary medical provider.

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