The question was:
What are good ways to lose weight for people being mentally active? Are there any good diets for people being mentally active which won't affect the everyday brain activities?
My answer was:
You may try 5-HTP which is precursor of serotonin and melatonin. It may be used as appetite suppressant. It is naturally occurring amino acids synthesized from another amino acid (L-tryptophan), so you can't get it from the food, however supplements are made from extracts of the seeds of the African tree Griffonia simplicifolia.
Therefore studies suggest that 5-HTP may reduce eating behaviors, lessen caloric intake, and promote weight loss in obese individuals.
For example few small studies showed that 5-HTP can help people lose weightUMM. Some researchers believe that 5-HTP led people to feel more full after eating, so they ate less. A follow-up study found that those who took 5-HTP they've lost about 2% of body weight (non-diet period) and another 3% (dieted period) in comparison to those taking placebo who did not lose any weight.
Another study from 2009 claim that one subject who started on 5-HTP/carbidopa alone lost 24.4% of initial body weight over 6 months.
It may work in similar way to SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which acts on the serotonin pathway, so it may affect your mood (in a good way, since it's also anti-depressant, so for side effects of SSRIs, please check on NHS, NLM).
5-HTP has not been extensively studied for long-term use, however it's considered safe (in comparison with other antiobesity agents), but it is known to have interaction with other medications (e.g. MAOIs, SSRIs, etc.), so:
be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
It is also not advised to not take it for a longer period, e.g. for a month every few months, and it may lower your sexual activity.
In general the majority of people will only experience a few mild side effects when taking it.
If interested to try, check some brands on Amazon.
For sugar substitute, you can consider eating natural fruits, use natural honey or Stevia as a noncaloric natural sweetener for teas and weight-loss blends (it's extracted from the leaves of the plant species).
My question was accepted by OP, therefore it meet the criteria and the answer was correct according by the questioner. However it was removed by mod. The answer was accepted with two up-votes, and 3 down-votes.
There were some comments which was asking mods to delete the answer:
This answer should be deleted.
without giving any support for their claim.
Then next concern was (same person):
You are prescribing appetite suppressant where the first line of therapy is dietary modification and exercise. Also they are not indicated in this BMI range. I can just list another 100 reasons why this answer is completely wrong.
However the site is worldwide and first line of therapy can be vary per country and there is nothing wrong in proposing alternative supplement which is backed up by studies and it's used worldwide as effective anti-obesity agent, secondly questioner mentioned that he already talked with a specialist, so he was already aware of available therapies. And at last, all my claims were supported by reliable sources.
The next concerns (by same person) were unclear:
Dude 5-HT the thing that you linked is just an amino acid precursor I really don't know what are you talking about here. It has nothing to do with appetite.
Google SSRIs and weight gain and see how many of them have weight gain as a side effect
Ok don't google, use "up to date" or read a paper about SSRIs and weight gain. Good luck
I'm just waiting for an admin to delete your answer because your last edit just added another 100 false points. And I can't list them here I only have 500 characters
Above concerns were no way supported by any reliable claim or link, but it sounds like a simple trolling (by the user with no single Q/A on the site or rep). How my answer could consist 100 false points?
Please clarify the exact reason of removal (which site rule was broken) or how I can improve my answer.