The Calorie Conqueror: Herbal Pill 'Can Cut Your Appetite By a Fifth ... and Even Cure a Sweet Tooth'

     

It could be the answer to your weight loss prayers – and there is no punishing exercise regime required.

Women can cut their daily calorie intake by almost a fifth if they simply take a herbal diet pill, research reveals today.

The supplement has also been shown to help those with a sweet tooth – reducing the temptation to indulge in sugary snacks.

Zotrim, which is based on three South American plants and is freely available from supermarkets and chemists, was tested by scientists at the University of Liverpool.

They found that women who took the pill with their breakfast had a much lower appetite at lunch time – cutting their calorie intake by 17.6 per cent.

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Of 58 volunteers who were given either Zotrim or a dummy pill in the morning, those on the herbal supplement only picked at their afternoon meal.

The subjects, some of whom were overweight, were observed at a test lunch buffet where they were told to eat as much they wanted.

Those on Zotrim ate on average 132 fewer calories – the equivalent of a Milky Way or can of cola.

If the effects were replicated throughout the day, the pill would cut a dieter’s daily count by 400 or 500 calories, equivalent to two bars of chocolate or a kebab.

Zotrim is designed to make the user feel fuller for longer. But it also appears to take the edge off a sweet tooth, cutting the women’s selection of biscuits and chocolate mousse from the buffet by 27 per cent.

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March 29, 2010

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