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How to Control Appetite

Appetite suppressants can reduce hunger and cravings, which may help you eat less. Appetite suppressants may also help you feel full sooner while eating, so it is easier to reduce your daily caloric intake. Because of this, many people use hunger suppressants to help support their weight loss goals.

How to Curb Hunger

Appetite suppressants can help to curb hunger, and many varieties are available without a prescription. These over the counter appetite suppressants are easy to take. Simply follow the directions on the packaging regarding proper mixing and dosage timing. Appetite suppression products often come in powder form, such as Metamucil’s Meta Appetite Control. Appetite suppressant powder is very easy to take. Simply follow the instructions on your product packaging and mix the recommended serving amount into eight ounces of water and drink. If you choose a bulk forming fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, be sure to mix the powder very well and take it with enough water (at least 8 ounces) to minimize the potential choking hazard. You can take a dose up to 3 times daily with meals. Keep in mind that bulk forming fiber supplements like Metamucil may affect how well certain medicines work. It is important to check in with your doctor before starting any dietary supplements, including appetite suppressants.

If you don’t want to take a fiber supplement for appetite control, there are other options. Products like Nature's Way Aqua Slender also come in powder form, but instead of psyllium husk fiber, Aqua Slender provides 15mg of Proteinase Inhibitor II (PI-2), which is thought to enhance your body's natural release of cholecystokinin (CCK), and may signal your brain to reduce hunger and create a more prolonged sense of fullness. For optimal appetite control, a dose should be taken 30 to 60 minutes before your largest 2 meals of the day.

How to Increase Appetite

In addition to OTC appetite suppressants, CVS also offers appetite stimulants. These are designed to help encourage a decreased appetite that may result from over-dieting, drug side effects, or illness. While both appetite suppressants and stimulants can help you normalize your food intake, they may not be appropriate for everyone. It is important to talk to your doctor about any changes in your appetite or if you are having ongoing difficulties with eating. He or she can help you pinpoint the cause and provide professional treatment advice.

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