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Ask the expert: should I use fat-burning pills?

Please refrain from fat-burning/hunger-curbing pills. They do more harm than you know

4 Apr 2016 | 04:26 pm

I’m a 28-year-old male and weigh 140kg. I’m 170cm tall and want desperately to lose weight. The problem is a lack of motivation. Also, I can’t resist tasty food. I don’t drink fizzy drinks and do not like chocolates but gorge on spicy and fried foods. Are fat-burning pills good?

I know this situation – it can be really frustrating.

In your case, there are a couple of things you can keep a close check on to stop feeling hungry all the time. Keep a track of your sleep cycle. 
Most often people who do not have a set sleeping routine, especially those who are sleep-deprived, tend to overeat all day because their hunger hormone is in overdrive.

Being hungry all the time might not have anything to do with your motivation levels or you being unable to resist food. You should check your fasting insulin level – if it’s high you’ll be hungry all day.

The craving for salty/fried food could be because of dehydration. It is often seen in those who don’t drink enough water. So start having at least three litres of water daily and add some lemon to a litre of it. The combination works as a bile thinner and helps with fat loss.

Lastly, try and increase the amount of protein you are consuming in every meal. Research shows adding good-quality protein to your meals can naturally curb hunger.

Please refrain from fat-burning/hunger-curbing pills. They do more harm than you know. At best, using them is foolish and at worst, it can be dangerous.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.