Yes, I've tried them all (or just about!
) They work...sure. But the side effects are less than desirable and for some can be outright dangerous! Made my heart race like I had just ran a marathon. Didn't like the "cracked out" feeling to be honest...and didn't lose any more weight than I would have with just straight calorie counting and moderate exercise.
That said, I have recently discovered the benefits of CINNAMON as a natural appetite suppressant. I came to know about it from my 76 yr old mother who is diabetic. Her doctor recommended it as it helps to stabilize sugar in the blood. After further research, I learned that with sugar stabilization, you no longer crave the starchy sugary laidened foods and are satisfied much longer without crashes.
Well...I started taking it a week ago and can attest....it REALLY WORKS! I also get an added benefit of increased ENERGY! I bought mine from Walmart and it also contains Chromium....but it's cheap $6/bottle.
Lastly..I'm on the side of the MINI-MEALS!
I would actually DIE if I had to only eat 3 meals a day. That would make me think about food way more than just eating every couple of hours. Cuz with my belly rumbling all day, my mind would obsess on the next meal!
Oh and I've lost 57 lbs in 8 months eating at least 9 times/day.
Anyhoot...as far as that goes...it's a "your mileage may vary" issue. There's no "magic bullet"...it still will come down to calories in vs. calories out. Vigorous exercise for at least 30 mins 3-4 times/week also help some to curb their appetite (not sure if it's just the mental thought of undoing all that hard work..lol).
Bottom line...test and see what works for you. All the best!