Appetite is both a psychological and physical phenomenon. Sometimes we eat for reasons like when we’re bored, stressed, tired, thirsty, or just because you “have to eat” other than our body needing nourishment. There are many weight loss programs and diet pills marketed as appetite suppressants; one such is the HCG diet available in many nutrition or health food stores online (should you consider this, make sure to purchase only from those with trusted HCG merchant account), but this should only be used under medical supervision because this could be dangerous for people with medical conditions.
This article however, is about how to curb appetite naturally.
1. Drink water; the body often confuses thirst with hunger. Or give your after-meal snacking habit a healthy fix. A tasty cup of (unsweetened) herbal tea will help satisfy your perceived hunger and keep you feeling full.
2. Brush your teeth or use mouthwash. The flavor change helps you resist eating more.
3. Eat on a smaller plate. Research says it leads to eating less; the less you see, the less you eat. What better way to lose more pounds than slash calorie intake.
4. Eat every three to four hours to keep your metabolism going and stave off hunger. Your blood sugar won’t have a chance to drop so low that you get famished and then binge. If you want to eat more often, you can, as long as you keep your calories in check.
5. Here’s an interesting one: Put a blue light bulb in your fridge or use a blue plate and watch your munchies disappear. Of all the colors in the spectrum, blue is an appetite suppressant, whereas, the colors yellow or red increase appetite.
6. Eat slowly. Wait 20 minutes before having seconds or another course. That’s how long it takes for your brain to receive the “full” signal.
7. Eat right. Foods high in fiber and water keep you full at a low-calorie cost. Also, load up on a combination of protein, fiber-rich carbs and fat. These three building blocks can buy an extra hour of satiety.
8. Chew on sugar free gum. Studies show that gum chewing helps limit cravings for both sweet and salty snacks and makes you feel less hungry.
9. Get enough sleep. A shortage of sleep lowers the level of leptin in your body, resulting in an increase in appetite and a desire to consume calories in excess of your normal daily needs.
10. Sweat out! Forget the notion that exercise makes you feel hungrier. It actually decreases your appetite, but only if the workout is intense. Just be sure to fuel up properly afterwards.
Addressing other body needs might also help you to figure out other issues beyond food. This would hold you down in consuming unnecessary amount of calories especially when you’re unsure whether you’re truly hungry. Since eating can be a way to cope with boredom, try to address other issues before you nosh. You can find something else to do for 20-30 minutes. Most hunger pangs will pass during that amount of time. Get away from the kitchen and step outside for a walk to relieve the stress, or drink a glass of water to quench what probably is just a lingering thirst. If after doing all these, you feel even much hungrier, you can now be confident that your hunger needs to be taken cared of. Go ahead nosh on the hearty goodies, but stay away from the high-calorie no-no foodstuff!
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