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