6 Easy Ways to Control Your Appetite
It can be tough losing weight when you have an uncontrollable appetite. Nobody likes to feel hungry or deprived of their favorite snacks. But, you don’t have to let hunger rule your day if you know the tricks to managing your eating habits.
To regain control of your appetite, here are six simple tips to try today. The bonus? You’ll pick up some healthy habits that will benefit you for life.
1. Drink enough water
Are you hungry, or are you just thirsty? If you’re not sure, drink up. Drinking water before each meal tricks your tummy into feeling full, which helps stop you from overeating. A 2010 Virginia Tech study also found drinking two cups of water on an empty stomach boosts your metabolism by up to 30%. And even minor dehydration was linked to a notable drop in metabolic rate.
2. Don’t skip meals
We’re sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but lunch and dinner count, too! Skipping just one meal can make your blood sugar levels plummet, derailing your best weight loss efforts. Not only that, you’ll face crazy hunger pangs that are hard to resist! If you don’t like to eat big meals at set times, try eating smaller, healthier meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism going.
3. Drink tea
SkinnyMint’s Morning Boost tea provides long-lasting energy and has a delicious fruity taste that will help you start your day on a refreshing note. Sipping tea throughout your day also keeps hydration levels up, and help maintain high energy levels. And because it’s naturally sweet, Morning Boost also helps you outwit those pesky sugar cravings!
4. Fill up on protein
Studies have shown that high-protein diets can reduce obsessive thoughts about food by up to 60%, and prevent late-night hunger pangs. Protein-rich foods keep you fuller longer, so you’re less likely to reach for the cookie jar. And it’s not just about meat: try snacking on protein-packed foods like eggs, cottage cheese, nut butters or steamed edamame.
5. Play food detective
Learn to decode your hunger in order to manage your appetite. Sometimes hunger reflects a physical need to eat, and sometimes it just reflects a desire to eat. Real hunger involves feeling shaky or having a growling tummy. ‘Fake’ hunger is the result of being tired, emotional or just plain bored. Try rating your hunger on a scale of 1-10. If it’s above a 7, reach for something nutritious. If it’s below a 7, chances are it’s not real hunger you’re feeling. Try going for a walk instead.
6. Eat low GI foods
The glycemic index – or GI for short – ranks foods by how they affect your blood sugar levels. This is important because a sudden change in blood sugar levels can make you more vulnerable to mood swings, tiredness and cravings. By choosing foods with a low GI rating, you avoid the blood sugar swings that leave you searching for your next snack.
If you have some other natural ways to manage your appetite, we’d love you to share them in the comments below!
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