There's a fairly recent study getting alot of press lately.
A joint research effort out of Louisiana State University and the University of Florida found that supplementing with 1,000 mcg of Chromium Picolinate (CP) daily reduced hunger levels by 24%, food intake by 25%, and also reduced cravings for high-fat foods.
Study participants consisted of 42 overweight, but otherwise healthy women who had self-reported carbohydrate cravings. The duration of the study was 8-weeks with study participants randomly assigned to receive daily CP supplements or a placebo.
As mentioned, the study participants reduced overall food consumption by 25%, while those taking a placebo only reduced their food intake by 8%.
It's important to note that while the study participants receiving the CP supplementation did lose weight, it was relatively nominal at an average of 1.1 lb over the 8-week study. This suggests that perhaps participants did not maintain a consistent reduction in energy intake throughtout the study period.
My Two Cents:
First, I'm sure sales of Chromium Picolinate are going through the roof! Ok, maybe not, but there are certainly those folks who, after reading this study, are adding CP to their daily supplementation.
I'm not one of them.
Chromium naturally exists in foods and good sources include
Whole grain products
Conversely, foods high in simple sugars, such as sucrose and fructose, are not only low in Chromium, but have been found to promote Chromium loss.
If CP does indeed help fight hunger cravings I think the argument worth making is that eating unprocessed, real food is the key to a sustainable weight loss program.