Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight has also probably wished for a magic pill or potion to help those pounds melt away without much (or any) effort. Although that sadly doesn’t exist, a new study is claiming that a simple supplement can help you shed pounds without changing your diet.
The research comes from the latest issue of Metabolism journal. The authors observed a group of overweight women, half of whom were given a placebo while the others took an inulin-propionate ester supplement over a span of four weeks. Those who took the actual supplement were shown to have “significantly enhanced” their body’s ability to burn fat. The ones taking a placebo showed little to no change. Both groups also participated in moderate intensity exercise programs, but didn’t change anything about their eating habits.
So, what even is inulin-propionate ester? According to Medical News Daily, it’s a short-chain fatty acid that acts as a “natural and effective” appetite suppressor. You can find it as a supplement in capsules like NOW Supplements, Inulin Prebiotic Pure Powder ($5.40, Amazon) or loose powder like Micro Ingredients Organic Daily Prebiotic Dietary Fiber Supplement Powder ($14.95, Amazon).
Usually when people start working out more in order to lose weight, they also find themselves hungrier more often. This can lead to giving into cravings and counteracting all of the hard work they’ve put in at the gym. This supplement seems to combat that by not only helping you feel fuller, even after working out, but by curbing the temptation to give into less healthy treats.
While all of that sounds amazing, it’s important to note that this study was small with just 40 women participating. That doesn’t mean you can’t achieve similarly promising results, but it’s always good to manage your expectations. Researchers will continue studying the effect of inulin for weight loss and hopefully further prove how beneficial this supplement can be for those looking to drop pounds.
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