Since last Spring a lot of interest has been generated about saffron extract after a piece aired about it on Dr Oz. Saffron is a natural spice that’s derived from the saffron crocus flower, and the saffron extract is just a concentrated form of the spice.
So what’s the big deal? Saffron works as an appetite suppressant, which (as you’d expect) simply means that you’ll feel less desire to eat after you’ve taken it. If you’re serious about losing weight then you already know that’s the ‘magic weight loss cure’ doesn’t exist and the goal is really just to create a calorie deficit – which works every time. Saffron is so popular because it’s a natural alternative to other stimulant appetite suppressants and doesn’t come with all the side effects. Also, because saffron has become so popular lately there’s been an explosion of deals that offer months of extract free so it’s a lot less expensive than other options.
So is it legit?
Saffron extract really will help you lose weight, but it’s no miracle cure. Unfortunately, some marketers claim that saffron extract is a ‘fat burner’ or ‘weight loss drug’ and neither are true – it just helps you not eat as much. As I mentioned before, the “secret” to weight loss is just to burn more calories than you take in every day.
Why saffron extract really works
Remember that saffron extract is just your appetite suppressor – there’s nothing magical about it that causes your body not to absorb fat or burn extra calories. The reason that this natural method works isn’t because it’s filling: saffron actually stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain that are associated with eating. Essentially this just means that you won’t feel the need to eat as often during the day, which makes creating a calorie deficit that much easier.
Things to Look For
The main thing to remember is that although saffron really works well at reducing your cravings for food, you’ll need to find it in it’s concentrated form to get the most benefit and keep yourself from consuming pounds of saffron each day. Look for extract instead of plain saffron, and look for deals that allow you to buy in bulk as you’ll need to take several (2-3) pills per day to really get the benefit you’re looking for.