We all know that cutting calories is the sure-fire way to lose weight. Unfortunately, it’s also the quickest way to feeling hungry.
When trying to slim down, too many of us cut calories drastically, and instead of helping us lose weight, it actually makes us hungrier, have stronger craving and be more likely to overeat. (None of which is good for losing those pounds!)
Fortunately, a newly discovered powder may be just the solution us calorie cutters are looking for. According to research, it can make you feel full, regulate your appetite and help you lose more weight, more quickly.
It’s called IPE, or the less-catchy inulin propionate ester, and from what teams at the University of Glasgow and Imperial College London say, it could be a game-changer in the weight loss industry.
IPE and Your Appetite
IPE’s main component is a natural substance called propionate, which comes from the gut. It’s produced when microbes ferment dietary fibers, and its main role in the body is to encourage the release of hormones that tell brain your stomach is full.
In higher quantities (not just the amount your body produces), propionate can have huge effects on your appetite, staving off hunger pangs, fighting cravings and helping you cut calories easily, without ever feeling starved or empty.
To prove this, a group at Imperial College London’s Department of Medicine launched a study of 20 test subjects last year. Each subject was given either normal dietary fibers or a high dosage of IPE. Then, they were told to eat as much as they wanted at a buffet.
Once the study was completed, results showed that the test subjects given IPE ate a whopping 14 percent less than their fiber-eating counterparts. They also had higher concentrations of appetite-fighting hormones, too.
“We believe that this is the first time that a new food ingredient has been demonstrated to have a long-term impact on body weight,” according to study author Gary Frost, a professor at the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London.
In addition to this initial study, Frost and his team conducted another one over a 24-week period immediately after. During this time, 60 subjects were study, and half were asked to consume 10 grams of IPE daily. The other participants simply consumed normal fibers.
Results of the study showed just one single IPE subject gained weight in the 24 weeks the study went on. They also had less liver and abdominal fat that other participants. In the non-IPE group, six people gained more than 3 percent of their body weight in the study period.
According to the findings, in order to get anywhere near the appetite suppressing effects of IPE, a person would have to eat huge amounts of fiber – amounts that are near impossible for the average human to consume.
Now if these stats didn’t have you excited about IPE already, I’ve got another one for you: The studies also showed that there were absolutely no negative side effects in any of the test subjects.
These and other results of the studies were published late last year in the December 10 issue of Gut journal.
Moving Forward with IPE
Though research has been overwhelmingly positive on IPE, the verdict in the science community is still out. It still needs to be further tested and studied, and the next step, according to researchers, is to see how if the effects still stand when added to food.
Will adding IPE to a smoothie be the same as taking a supplement or powdered version directly? Or should it be used in supplement form only? Once this is determined, the food and health industries will better know how to market this unique new ingredient and release it to the public.
While we wait for these studies to be completed, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t start fighting back against that appetite today. In the meantime, load up on leafy green vegetables and foods with a lot of fiber. These are slowly digested in your body, so they keep you full and feeling satiated for many hours to come.
You can also drink lots of water. Not only is this great for your energy levels, your skin and your overall health, it can also help flush toxins out of your systems and keep you fuller. That means fewer hunger pangs and less calories consumed overall.
How Do You Fight Off Hunger?
Once readily available on the market, IPE seems like it will be a pantry must-have for anyone looking to lose weight. But until then, lean on other natural ways to fight off your hunger pangs, and keep cutting those calories so you can see results.
What are you favorite ways to fight off hunger and keep cravings at bay? Let me know in the comments.
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Together we can make this world a happier, healthier world!