Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of products that say they will help control your appetite, speed weight loss, or whatever other outrageous claims they make that make them so attractive to people that want to lose weight.  I just don’t think these things are healthy or approach a healthy diet in the right way.  A balanced approach of healthy portion sizes of real foods along with regular movement throughout the day is the big secret to weight loss or maintenance.  But even with that outlook, I have realized that I have certain triggers and temptations that could sabotage my efforts.

My temptation comes after a meal.  After almost every meal, I feel like eating something sweet.  Sometimes the urge is overwhelming.  That’s why I avoid having sweets in my house for the most part.  Having junk food around makes it too easy to grab without even thinking to satisfy the urge.  But what about in other situations where I can’t control what is offered?  You know…..like the box of cookies someone brings into the office or the cake celebrating a coworkers birthday.  I want to be a part of the celebration but staring down a huge slice of chocolate cake is too tempting some days.

When I was given the opportunity to try MealEnders, I was eager to try them.  They claim to be the antidote to overeating.  I’ll admit, I was curious about how this would possibly work.  I’m really interested in the psychological and behavioral aspect of eating so I was very intrigued by how these work.  I was very pleasantly surprised to see how well these worked and helped with my temptations.

First of all, let me tell you that these are not going to help you lose weight by skipping meals.  They aren’t meant to either.  They are to help signal your brain when you are done eating.  For me (and many others), that means the temptation to have dessert after every meal.  I was really skeptical about how effective these would be but they really do work!  Having one immediately after my meal eliminated my craving for dessert.  The signaling lozenge’s outer coating gave me the sensation of a sweet treat and by the time the inner core was gone, so was my craving.

What MealEnders are: a low calorie, drug and stimulant-free signaling lozenge that helps clear the desire to consume more food than needed from your mouth and mind.  It is not an appetite-suppressant or supplement.  It works with the body’s natural hunger rhythms using a unique combination of behavioral psychology and sensory science.  Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

Here’s how it works:  Each lozenge has 2 components: a sweet, outer layer that’s like a creamy candy and an inner cooling/tingling core like a piece of hard candy.  The sweet outer layer is the dessert that I think I want at the end of every meal.  The inner core uses the cooling/tingling sensations to cue the end of eating and clear the palate.  Since the mind and mouth are being occupied by the lozenge during the critical overeating zone when you are full but your brain hasn’t realized it yet.  By the time the lozenge is gone, your mouth and mind no longer want to continue eating.  You’ve ended your meal with a healthy, appropriate portion size!

The science of MealEnders really makes sense to me.  They don’t claim to be a magic elixir but instead work on behavioral, sensory and psychological levels.  According to their website, here are the ways it addresses these levels:

BEHAVIORAL

  • Establish a chronological marker for meal- and snack-end
  • Fill the 20-minute gap until normal satiety signals reach the brain
  • Create a pause in eating patterns so healthier behaviors may be established
  • Break the cycle of eating and chewing

SENSORY

  • Provide a measured sweet cue for dessert replacement, followed by a palate cleansing to reduce cravings
  • Engage the trigeminal nerve to cue the cessation of eating
  • Engage taste receptors to transition you away from foods being consumed
  • Alter anticipated taste of additional food
  • Temporarily modify olfactory perception – often a cause of overeating

PSYCHOLOGICAL

  • Heighten mindfulness of natural digestive rhythms
  • Create habitual cueing of meal completion
  • Train the mind to recognize healthy portion sizes
  • Empower a sense of control

That’s a lot for a little lozenge, wouldn’t you agree?  All you have to do is identify your moment of temptation and enjoy a signaling lozenge just like a piece of candy.  Whether you are tempted to finish a large plate of food that you know is far too big, want dessert, want a second helping or want to snack on junk food between meals, MealEnders can get you through it and you won’t feel deprived or end up feeling guilty for overeating.  Since MealEnders come in 4 flavors – Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon, Mocha, and Citrus – you’re sure to find one you love!  I love them all – especially mocha and chocolate mint.

What is your biggest challenge eating healthy foods and portion sizes?  What flavor would you most like to try?  Tell us in the comments below!

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