Q Help! I’ve lost 17 pounds on my new diet, but I’m so hun­gry. What can help me stay on track?

First For Women - - Nutrition -

ACon­grat­u­la­tions on your weight loss! To keep ap­petite in check, we rec­om­mend sup­ple­ment­ing with glu­co­man­nan, a highly ab­sorbent sol­u­ble fiber that comes from the kon­jac root. Taken be­fore a meal, this fiber soaks up liq­uid and swells to more than 10 times its vol­ume. This ex­erts a stretch­ing ef­fect on the stom­ach that trig­gers sati­ety sig­nals in the brain, help­ing to curb hunger by 30% for two hours. The pay­off: In a study at the Uni­ver­sity of Tromso in Nor­way, women who took glu­co­man­nan lost twice as much weight on a low-calo­rie diet as those given a placebo—and they did so with­out feel­ing de­prived.

To get the ben­e­fits, stir 1⁄2 tsp. of glu­co­man­nan pow­der (like Best Nat­u­rals Kon­jac Root Pow­der, Wal­mart.com) into 8 oz. of wa­ter and drink at least 30 min­utes be­fore each meal.

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