When you’re trying to lose weight your body often rebels. If you constantly feel hungry you’ll probably eventually crack and go searching for something to eat. Most of the time it won’t be something healthy that you’re craving.
But there are healthy appetite suppressant tricks that will keep you on track with your weight loss plan without feeling hungry.
Don’t completely eliminate fat. The unsaturated fat found in avocadoes, olive oil and nuts will send signals to your brain that says you’re satisfied and full. Nutritionists suggest that 20% of your daily calories come from good fats. Good sources of this are avocadoes, nuts or natural peanut butter. Forget all the low-fat propaganda you heard a few years ago. If you cut healthy fats out of your diet you’ll have a hard time feeling satisfied.
Add a grapefruit to your meals. This fruit will help regulate your metabolism and glucose levels. This keeps your insulin levels from spiking and then crashing. But don’t let anyone convince you to go on any diet that requires you eat only one type of food – even grapefruit. Add it to a diet of healthy fresh veggies and lean protein.
Smell some peppermint. You heard me right. Just smelling some foods will help you feel full. This is true of mint, vanilla, banana and apples. Light a vanilla scented candle in the evening and see if it helps you fight the munchies. Vanilla is also an aphrodisiac so you may accomplish two things with one candle.
Chew a piece of sugarless gum. The chewing process helps your brain feel satisfied even though you’re not adding any calories to your diet. Plus, it’s hard to munch a cookie while your mouth is busy chewing gum.
Go to the gym or take a run. A high intensity work-out will increase production of appetite suppressing hormones in your body. A good work-out also burns calories and keeps your metabolism in high gear. Interval training is one of your best options for appetite suppression. Walk on the treadmill for ten minutes and then run at full speed for three to five minutes.
Eat lean protein for breakfast. A study by the Purdue University found that the protein you eat in the morning will help you feel full longer than the protein you eat later in the day. So eat at least an ounce of lean protein with your breakfast. It will help give you the ability to walk past that box of donuts in the break room at work. Even the ones with chocolate sprinkles.
Have a sweet potato with lunch. I know, you’re saying “but they are high in carbs!” But the starch in potatoes breaks down and digests slowly. This will leave you feeling full for a long time. The trick is not to cover it in margarine and bacon bits. Top it with homemade salsa or just a little butter. Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
These healthy appetite suppressant tricks will help you feel satisfied and make it easier to resist unhealthy snack options.