Here are 10 ways that you can suppress your appetite and keep yourself from overeating.
Often when you think you are hungry it’s your body calling for more water. Before you reach for food drink a glass of water and see how you feel. Often it’s just the water that is needed and not a snack or meal.
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Eat Main Meals and Snacks
Make sure you’re eating three main meals per day as this will keep you from overeating and you will keep your appetite down because you’re full for longer periods of time. Try adding in some healthy snacks during the day so you have no junk food cravings.
Many people overeat during the day because they are starving. You should eat a healthy breakfast as this will reduce your appetite during the day. You won’t be running around looking for something to eat if you’re still full at 11a.m.
Healthy fat in your diet can reduce your appetite. Fish is a very good source of healthy fats as well as olive oil and flaxseeds. Make healthy fat a part of your diet and you’ reduce the appetite along with it.
Doing exercise can actually reduce your hunger. You’ll feel good after the workout and the endorphins released form exercise will make you less likely to reach for a snack later on in the day.
Wait Before Eating Again
If you are eating and think you might want to have dessert be sure to wait at least twenty minute. You may find that you are actually full and that you crave no more food.
Stay Away From Food When Not Eating
If you aren’t eating you should stay away from food. For example, if you’re at the store you’ll want to avoid the food court or at the office stay out of the break room with the cakes and pastries there. If you can avoid food you will reduce your cravings and eat less of it. Ask that treats brought into the office be placed away from your work area so you won’t be tempted.
Drinking coffee or tea can help to suppress your appetite. It stimulates the central nervous system and can decrease your need for food. If you have a big appetite, try just a cup of coffee or some tea when you have the urge to eat.
Add more fiber to your diet as this helps keep you full for long periods. Fiber foods are dense but contain fewer calories so it takes less fiber food to keep you full.
Try these suggestions when you want to reduce your appetite. It’s not as hard as it seems to reduce food cravings and drop pounds.