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RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 06:20 AM

For appetite control?
 
Hi!

Does anyone take L-Glutamine or 5HTP for appetite control?

If so, how much and when (with food / empty), morning, noon, or night?

NEED appetite control measures desperately! What I had been doing (for 60 lb loss, isn't working any more!!)

LisaG 06-03-2011 06:31 AM

I don't have info on those, but I do take a chromium picolinate which helps regulate blood sugar and thereby helps with cravings, and I add cinnamon on/in anything I can for the same reason.
I'd like more info on what you mentioned, too!

RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 06:35 AM

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Originally Posted by LisaG (Post 14706305)
I don't have info on those, but I do take a chromium picolinate which helps regulate blood sugar and thereby helps with cravings, and I add cinnamon on/in anything I can for the same reason.
I'd like more info on what you mentioned, too!

Hi Lisa,
Thanks. I cannot take chromium because I am a Diabetic and already take glucose-lowering meds. So, to make my glucose go lower, increases my appetite! :eek:

I started taking L-Glutamine, but so far it's hit and miss. I have some 5HTP and that is also supposed to help with appetite, but I am hoping some peeps will chime in with their exeriences with these!

Lillianna 06-03-2011 07:36 AM

I'm not certain, but it seemed like the 5-htp made me more hungry. I stopped taking it after a few weeks because I was gaining. The Glutamine helps me with late night sugar cravings but not overall appetite.

The most helpful thing I've found is Bragg's ACV; I sip a glass of water w/ 2 tsp. ACV after every meal...

Good luck! I hope you find something that helps...

Monk 06-03-2011 10:32 AM

also, do you work out? When I began an excercise plan I found I was a lot hungrier! you may need to up your calories if so :)

RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 10:35 AM

Thank you Monk! Thank you!! :hugs:

I do eat a pretty good amount of fat and I eat every couple of hours. And I'm not working out right now, so that's not it.

It just seems that my usual strategies for quelling the appetite are no longer working, so I'd like to try the supplements. I had read about them here on LCF, but didn't need them until now.

I've been struggling the past 6 weeks with increased and insatiable appetite and it's undoing me!

I appreciate the support that we get from most LCFers! Thank you for your feedback! :hugs:

Monk 06-03-2011 10:40 AM

You are welcome! Perhaps try the supplements, give it at least 2 weeks and see if it is helping.. I have heard many good things about both, particularly the 5-htp.. maybe do some research outside of LCF on both and see what others say about them.

Marlee 06-03-2011 10:51 AM

Ketosis :up:

RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 10:54 AM

Thank you Monk! I'm not giving up, I'm just needing to try to find something that works for me! :hugs:

RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Marlee (Post 14707317)
Ketosis :up:


Ahhh Marlee, if it were only that simple. Doesn't work for me. AND, I'm diabetic.

In reading the other threads here, not everyone finds appetite reduction in ketosis. For those that do, mazel tov! For those of us who don't, we come here and ask around for opinions on supplements and other strategies.

franciejones 06-03-2011 10:57 AM

I have recently been doing research on Niacin. I have been taking it for 4 days and its really been helping me.
I am not sure if that is an option for you tho....

RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 11:00 AM

Francie,

That's interesting. I'll do some reading on Niacin. Thanks!

flatferenghi 06-03-2011 11:02 AM

my solution to appetite control is to eat more zero carb food.
 
i may lose slowly, but the lbs will stay off, and not return, as long as i keep those carbs way down, and consume as little Frankenfoods as possible. I take Glypizide, Metformin & chromium piccolinate. i have noticed no improvement in appetite control. i try to stay out of the house as much as possible. i stop eating after 8 pm (formerly 9pm).lf i have to go to bed hungry...well then so be it. Hot and humid weather does help me keep the portions down. However, today through Sunday, it will be delightfully low in humidity, and getting no higher than 80 degrees (Bklyn. NY). One does what one can. Best of luck. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI

tinatina 06-03-2011 11:09 AM

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/vi...vings-try.html

I take the L-glutamine powder and the gtf chromium as mentioned in this first post and have found them very helpful! Hope you find something that works for you!

RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by tinatina (Post 14707380)
http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/vi...vings-try.html

I take the L-glutamine powder and the gtf chromium as mentioned in this first post and have found them very helpful! Hope you find something that works for you!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Someone who uses L-glutamine! I am really interested in how you take it - early, later, with food, without? And what kind of results do you get?

Thanks for the link, I'll read in there also! THANK YOU!

LJB 06-03-2011 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by RealFoodLiving (Post 14706251)
Hi!

Does anyone take L-Glutamine or 5HTP for appetite control?

If so, how much and when (with food / empty), morning, noon, or night?

NEED appetite control measures desperately! What I had been doing (for 60 lb loss, isn't working any more!!)

None of those supplements you listed above have helped me with appetite control.:oI need to eat regularly and drink plenty of water to avoid bad snacking.

What are you eating throughout the day?

Star73 06-03-2011 12:33 PM

wow I applaud you for the weight loss you have already achieved! WTG!!!!!!!! Did you lose this weight since November of 2010 like your stats say?

Something that helps me with sweet cravings is cinnamon/chromium combination capsules. I bought them fairly cheap at Wal-Mart. They really do help. :)

RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Star73 (Post 14707588)
wow I applaud you for the weight loss you have already achieved! WTG!!!!!!!! Did you lose this weight since November of 2010 like your stats say?

Something that helps me with sweet cravings is cinnamon/chromium combination capsules. I bought them fairly cheap at Wal-Mart. They really do help. :)

Thank you Star! Yes, since November, I averaged 10-11 pounds per month on LC and then LC JUDDD with very little hunger.

The last 6 weeks, I've been up and down 5-7 pounds.

Thanks for the feedback!

RealFoodLiving 06-03-2011 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by LJB (Post 14707558)
None of those supplements you listed above have helped me with appetite control.:oI need to eat regularly and drink plenty of water to avoid bad snacking.

Thank you LJB for the feedback! These supplements work wonders for some people and for some, they do nothing! Kinda weird. :confused:

I eat small meals often (spread out through the day) and drink a lot in between to make sure I'm not letting my blood sugar drop or becoming dehydrated or "empty", and it has been working up until recently. That's why the inquiry.

Star73 06-03-2011 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by RealFoodLiving (Post 14707611)
Thank you Star! Yes, since November, I averaged 10-11 pounds per month on LC and then LC JUDDD with very little hunger.

The last 6 weeks, I've been up and down 5-7 pounds.

Thanks for the feedback!

awesomeness!!!! :clap:

LJB 06-03-2011 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by RealFoodLiving (Post 14707622)
Thank you LJB for the feedback! These supplements work wonders for some people and for some, they do nothing! Kinda weird. :confused:

I eat small meals often (spread out through the day) and drink a lot in between to make sure I'm not letting my blood sugar drop or becoming dehydrated or "empty", and it has been working up until recently. That's why the inquiry.

I usually take a caffeine supplement and green tea extract to combat cravings if necessary. It does not raise my blood pressure which I like.:up:

Kisha1976 06-03-2011 07:45 PM

I've been taking the L-glutamine, Chromium, and 5-HTP for the past 3 days. I've noticed my appetite has decreased somewhat (I'm really bad with night time snacking). However, I've also noticed that I'm really parched! Is being super thirsty a side effect for one of these supplements?

sweet irony 06-03-2011 10:47 PM

I take both of those amongst the big handful of supplements I swallow every day. I was already deep into LC before I started taking 5-htp so I didn't notice if it affected my starch intake, but L-Glutamine definitely helps me with sugar cravings.

The bottle says to take it on an empty stomach so I take it either in the middle of the night if I get up to pee or I take it the second my feet hit the floor in the morning.

The bottle also says L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body. It's involved in the synthesis and protection of muscle tissue, the prodution of glycogen (that's why the body builders take it post workout). It supports the immune system, especially during times of immune stress. It also is a major source of fuel for the cells that line our intestine and helps to heal leaky gut and all the inflammatory damage we do to the gut lining by eating grains and any other foods one might be sensitive to.

krb 06-03-2011 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by sweet irony (Post 14708622)
I take both of those amongst the big handful of supplements I swallow every day. I was already deep into LC before I started taking 5-htp so I didn't notice if it affected my starch intake, but L-Glutamine definitely helps me with sugar cravings.

The bottle says to take it on an empty stomach so I take it either in the middle of the night if I get up to pee or I take it the second my feet hit the floor in the morning.

The bottle also says L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body. It's involved in the synthesis and protection of muscle tissue, the prodution of glycogen (that's why the body builders take it post workout). It supports the immune system, especially during times of immune stress. It also is a major source of fuel for the cells that line our intestine and helps to heal leaky gut and all the inflammatory damage we do to the gut lining by eating grains and any other foods one might be sensitive to.


Thanks, sweet irony. I told my best friend that L-Glutamine is my magic pill. If I take I pretty much have NO sugar cravings. If I forget it, I start wondering why am I so hungry today? I love it.

RealFoodLiving 06-04-2011 05:18 AM

Thank you Sweet Irony!! The feedback helps a LOT!!

May I ask how many gms you take a day?

Do you take the L-Glutamine more than once a day?


I started taking 2 1500mg (3 g) tabs twice a day in between meals (empty tummy) 1 1/2 hours before lunch and supper and WOW, it seemed to really help yesterday. But it isn't always consistent with me.

Do you find it to be consistent? (As in, if you take it - it works to curb appetite)?

lisabinil 06-04-2011 09:52 AM

Check out the hcg forums-many are having great success and are not having hunger issues on the plan. :)

tinatina 06-04-2011 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by RealFoodLiving (Post 14707537)
YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Someone who uses L-glutamine! I am really interested in how you take it - early, later, with food, without? And what kind of results do you get?

Thanks for the link, I'll read in there also! THANK YOU!

I take the powder, about 1/8 tsp mixed in 20 oz of water 3 times a day. Usually around 9 am, 2 pm and 7pm.

The first time I took it (before reading how much I should use for craving/hunger control:blush:) I took a whole tsp in 20 oz of water, was not hungry AT ALL the rest of the day!

I take the chromium with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

They really have been helpful to me.

sistertzu 06-04-2011 10:20 AM

I take glutamine and dlpa first thing in the morning with a glass of warm water. I used to take another glutamine mid morning but I don't need to any longer. For me it works best on an empty stomach. I also open up a capsule and empty it under my tongue if I'm having a really hard time with hunger. Exercise helps me too. How much fat are you getting in? Maybe in need to up your fat percentage that helps too.

sweet irony 06-04-2011 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by RealFoodLiving (Post 14708809)
Thank you Sweet Irony!! The feedback helps a LOT!!

May I ask how many gms you take a day?

Do you take the L-Glutamine more than once a day?


I started taking 2 1500mg (3 g) tabs twice a day in between meals (empty tummy) 1 1/2 hours before lunch and supper and WOW, it seemed to really help yesterday. But it isn't always consistent with me.

Do you find it to be consistent? (As in, if you take it - it works to curb appetite)?

I take Jarrow's quick dissolving caps; 1000 mg once or twice a day depending on how the day is going. If I'm going out and there will be temptation around, I take it before I leave. If I'm only going to be at home alone my one dose in the early morning seems to be fine.

krb 06-06-2011 12:21 AM

I realized I'm actually taking l arganine, not l glutamine. anyway, the stuff works. my mom bought it and it totally KOs my sugar cravings.


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