More important than eating a Superman Diet is knowing what not to eat and eventually limiting your food intake and optimizing the amount of food you eat to maximize your energy, and avoiding overeating. That’s when we’re most likely are going to run into problems with cravings and appetite, pangs. Thisis where an herb like caralluma can be immensely helpful.
Caralluma fimbriata is an edible cactus, used by tribal Indians to suppress hunger and enhance endurance. It’s a legitimate appetite suppressant with no side effects, as opposed to all the bs supplements that are on the market. It has been proven scientifically in two different studies to aid in appetite suppression and weight loss. Caralluma fimbriata is an appetite suppressant. Controlled clinical trials on Caralluma have demonstrated that it suppresses appetite. According to the researchers, “At the end of 30 and 60 days of intervention, blood glucose and lipids, anthropometric measurements, dietary intake and assessment of appetite was performed. Waist circumference and hunger levels over the observation period showed a significant decline in the experimental group when compared to the placebo group.” And go to on to conclude that “Caralluma extract appears to suppress appetite, and reduce waist circumference when compared to placebo over a 2 month period.“
It can be eaten indefinitely regardless of whether you want to lose weight or suppress your appetite. Wealth of India, the Indian Health Ministry’s comprehensive compilation on herbs, lists Caralluma fimbriata as a vegetable and as a “famine food” – in other words, a wild plant that may be consumed for sustenance during a crop failure and general food shortage.
How Caralluma Works
When we eat, the nerves from the stomach send a signal to the hypothalamus in the brain. This is the part of the brain that controls appetite. When a person is hungry, the hypothalamus sends a signal to the brain that food is needed. When the stomach is full, the hypothalamus signals the brain to stop eating.
Caralluma inhibits this hunger sensory mechanism of the hypothalamus. The active constituent in caralluma, which are called pregnane glycosides, interfere with the signaling mechanism and create a signal on its own, apparently fooling the brain into thinking that the stomach is full, even when the person has not eaten.
An herb like caralluma is very important in the beginning if we’re transitioning from another diet and are trying to cut away many foods that aren’t the best for us, and that is because in most cases like these what we’re really dealing with is an addiction, and having something like caralluma on our side will help us overcome our addiction to certain foods more easily.
Imagine the extra energy and will power that would be available to you if you didn’t have to ever think about food, what to eat, when to eat and where to eat unless you were truly, legitimately hungry? Having to battle with hunger pangs and then use your will power to make a decision about what to eat and when to eat and whether you should interrupt what you’re doing to go eat or not are all things that distract you and rob you from your energy, and you want to eliminate as many of them as possible.
I’ve had a profound experience with caralluma when I first decided to dramatically limit my food intake for the sake of having more energy to write this book. I would completely forget about eating after taking caralluma and sometimes go for up to 24 hours without even thinking of food (albeit working on something that was meaningful to me also played a role,) and only start to think about food when I would start to get really hungry. But it was a puzzling thing to experience, how we could really be without food for such long periods of time without even noticing and how we’re literally conditioned to think that we need to eat regularly multiple times a day when we really don’t — it is a much more sophisticated process.
Proven scientifically to aid in appetite suppression and weight loss: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17097761
Caralluma has also been shown to promote fat loss and weight loss.
It has been shown in controlled clinical trials to help participants to feel more energetic and gain lean muscle mass while losing fat.
Native populations of India consume locally growing plants and herbs as part of their diets. Edible succulents grow wild all over India and are part of the daily diets of several native populations. The Caralluma genus is one such genus of edible succulents, which includes several species that are widely consumed and known to be both safe and nutritious. Caralluma fimbriata has been studied for its effects on humans. This succulent vegetable is used in South India to enhance endurance and suppress appetite, especially by those performing labor. Indian tribesmen are known to chew chunks of Caralluma for energy and to suppress hunger when on a day’s hunt. Often, tribesmen would pack only a bag of Caralluma fimbriata to sustain themselves during long journeys.
It has been shown in controlled clinical trials to help participants to feel more energetic and gain lean muscle mass while losing fat. (study below)
- Truth Calkins interview on Caralluma