7 Ways to Suppress Hunger

Ways to Suppress Hunger

Ways to Suppress Hunger

One of the hardest parts of dieting is dealing with the cravings to eat more food. Succumbing to cravings is the number one reason people quit a diet, but there are ways to combat those cravings. You don’t need expensive diet pills, just a few natural tips from yours truly.

1. Protein is Important

A breakfast filled with lean protein, such as Canadian bacon or egg whites, can help slow cravings all day long. Protein keeps you fuller than other nutrients and takes the body longer to digest, thus less cravings. But eating it during breakfast is also important. Many dieters skip breakfast, thinking it’s not important. That is a huge mistake. A good breakfast gives you energy, energy you need to exercise and get on with your daily activities. Plus a good breakfast fights cravings. When you add lean protein to a good breakfast, you get a good, wholesome meal that keeps you full for a good while.

2. Exercise Cuts Cravings

When you exercise, your body releases more hunger suppressing hormones in your body, which naturally make you not hungry. In addition, you’re burning calories, another vital step in losing or maintaining weight.

Trainers recommend you work out intensely for an hour. The harder the workout, the less hungry you will be.

3. Not All Fat Is Bad

Yet another common mistake dieters make when picking what to eat, dieticians recommended 20% of you calorie intake come from unsaturated fats. Some believe a healthy diet can include 50% or more fat calories. The healthy fats found in nuts, olive oil, avocados and more converts into a compound that tells your brain to stop eating. Of course, when dealing with fats, you still must watch your portions because every gram of fat carries more calories than a gram of protein or carbohydrate.

4. Smart Starch

Potatoes are often considered fattening do to the carbs in them, but in actuality, potatoes contain starches that resist digestive enzymes, so it is digested slower, thus keeping you full longer. They are also low on calories, a single spud being only 100 or so. Having one with dinner it a great way to stop hunger.

5. Fiber

Along with protein, fiber keeps you full better than most other foods. It fills your stomach more and kills the desire for sugar. Plus, fiber is in many different kinds of foods, such as fruits and veggies, whole grains, and nuts. Fiber has many other health benefits, in fact too many to name here. In short, fiber is good for you.

6. Water

Drinking water also can help fight hunger cravings. When you’re dehydrated, your brain starts asking for food. Simply staying hydrated will cut your appetite. A good tip is to drink a glass of water before a meal, which will fill your stomach and help you eat less.

7. Get enough Sleep

At least 7 hours of sleep every night can help the body lose weight and suppress hunger. When you lack sleep, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite.

Bonus Tip: Colors Can Matter

There’s a reason that McDonalds and Burger King are red, yellow and orange. These colors promote appetite. You can help negate that effect at home by using blue tableware, or at least avoiding using fast food colors.

There are many other natural ways to stop cravings out there, all natural and inexpensive. Don’t get caught up in some drug company’s marketing. Find the facts yourself, and try them all to see what works for you.

I find that a high-fiber breakfast that includes some fat keeps me full longest. A whole grain english muffin with a tablespoon of butter is one of the few breakfasts that staves off hunger until lunch. What works for you?