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Weight Loss with 5-HTP

The problem with obesity seems pretty simple to me. People are eating too much and not getting enough exercise. I see so many patient’s opting for fad diets, but months later the weight loss is almost gone. There are much better options. 

Research in the International Journal of Obesity describes 25 overweight diabetics who were not insulin dependent. Half of the patients took 5-HTP . The others took a placebo. The patients were given no dietary restrictions. The researchers followed all the patients for two weeks. And they observed a change in the way those who took the 5-HTP compound ate. They greatly reduced their calories and carbohydrate intake. (I keep telling clients that a diet high in carbohydrates, not fats, is the quick way to weight gain.)

Chicken, Fish, and Grass-Fed Beef Can Make You Thin

5-HTP is derived from the amino acid tryptophan. And it is a precursor to serotonin. That’s the brain chemical that regulates your craving for food. It makes you feel full. You can get more tryptophan in your system by eating high-protein foods like chicken, fish, and grass-fed beef. You can also get it by taking a 5-HTP supplement. (5-HTP occurs naturally in the seeds of an African plant, Griffonia simplicifolia. That’s what the supplement comes from.)

If you’re struggling with your weight, this is a supplement worth looking into.

One caveat: Make sure you take a supplement for 5-HTP instead of a tryptophan supplement. That’s because supplemental tryptophan has been linked to eosinophilic myalgia syndrome (EMS), a dangerous disorder.

But 5-HTP is safe if taken in low doses. The recommended dose is 50 mg 1 – 3 times a day.

Order 5-HTP supplement from Metagenics on my site.

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