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Best thing for battling urges for anything sugary!
on February 11, 2014
Quick background. I had lapband surgery a few years ago. The beginning was great and I lost almost 100 lbs. In fact, to get enough calories to keep my energy up, I ended up developing some bad food habits, like drinking Mt. Dew instead of diet soda. I then ended up developing bad heart burn and had to have my band loosened, leading to half my weight lost coming back, a lot because of those bad food choices I had been used to. Then I quit smoking. About three months later, my sugar receptors went in to overdrive and all I wanted was sugar. I couldn't function without it, plus the caffeine to handle the crashes. I was really miserable but didn't know how to battle those intense cravings. Just thinking of giving up those sweets made me binge. So I went online and googled "ways to stop sugar cravings" and found Gymnema.
It definitely sounded way too good to be true, especially since it's not all over the pharmacy or on TV commercials as the newest, greatest thing to help you lose weight. I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I ended up ordering a larger bottle from a different company and added this to my order as sort of a travel-size one to carry with me since the other one's price qualified for me to do "add on"s. I followed the instructions and added a dropper full in to a small glass of water to drink. The flavor is definitely something that takes getting used to. But then I drank some cherry 7-Up, which tasted like it was only carbonated water. I then took a bite of a chocolate cookie. I could only taste the other ingredients, and they were distinct: flour, shortening, and salt. It was HORRIBLE!! That was the most liberating moment in such a long time!!
Needless to say, if you are staring at a piece of cake and drooling, put a dropper full of this in your mouth (I don't even dilute mine anymore), I can guarantee you won't want to eat cake again if you do end up taking a bite. It's like having your best friend with you to slap you at the first sign of temptation. It's not going to be a cure all, but it really does prevent you from being able to taste sugar. Last note, this brand far exceeds the other bottle I bought. The liquid is dark and potent, while the other brand, which says it has alcohol mixed in it, is very diluted and does not stop the sugar from being tasted. I have also started taking capsules for a more long term effect. It seems to help stop the cravings from starting, while the liquid is always with me if I still feel tempted.