Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed the appetite suppressant hulled barley for weight loss and the three biggest health traps women experience on the May 30 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. (This episode first aired Feb. 14).
"If diet, sleep and stress issues are sabotaging your health, you're not alone," said Dr. Oz.
- Stress. Dr. Oz said many people turn to caffeine when they're stressed, but this is a huge mistake. Caffeine is a stimulant that makes you even more stressed and anxious. Dr. Oz suggested replacing coffee with green tea, which also curbs hunger.
- Diet. In a bid to lose weight, many women turn to frozen dinners, but Dr. Oz said most frozen meals have 20% more calories than they say they do on their labels. You don't have to give up frozen dinners, but limit them to no more than two or three times a week.
- Sleep. Many women are sleep-deprived, and try to make up for it by sleeping more on the weekends. This is a bad idea because our bodies have natural circadian rhythms, which work best when we go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Dr. Oz said pumpkin seed powder helps you fall and stay asleep by boosting serotonin levels, which induces relaxation. Add one to two teaspoons of pumpkin seed powder to warm milk and drink 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime.
Appetite Suppressant Hulled Barley Aids Weight Loss
Dr. Oz said hulled barley is a natural appetite suppressant whose high fiber content can curb hunger for up to 16 hours. Hulled barley (also called "hull-less barley" or "whole barley") also keeps your blood sugar stable and prevents blood-sugar spikes, he said.
Dr. Oz asked three women in his audience to try hulled barley as an appetite suppressant for a few days and report their results. The ladies substituted hulled barley for pasta or other carbs at their meals, and said they felt dramatically less hungry throughout the day. One woman even lost 3 pounds in 3 days without exercising or changing her diet.
Dr. Oz suggested replacing the starches in your diet with one-half cup of barley at lunch or dinner.