If you have a tough time saying no to yummy desserts or tempting entrees, join the club. A large number of Americans are in the same boat as you. This is why there is an obesity epidemic currently raging in the United States. The outlook looks grim-high obesity rates can lead to higher rates of certain forms of cancer, high incidences of heart attacks and other cardiovascular incidents, and, most troubling, diabetes. In short, obesity is bad news. If you are looking to shed a few pounds by laying off grub, keep the following tips in mind to help you learn how to control your appetite.
Practice portion control
Thanks to our parents telling us to ‘finish your plate,’ many adults are hard-wired to knock out whatever is put on their plate. This is an almost automatic reaction. To combat this tendency to gorge yourself and finish whatever is on your plate, order smaller portions. This is easiest to put into practice at home. However, there are many restaurant chains and eateries that allow you to order smaller portions. Alternatively, you can split your portions with people you’re going out to lunch with. Regardless of how you do it, you must keep your portions under control.
Eat healthier snacks
One of the most common ways to control an overactive appetite is to eat more frequently during the day but eat snacks with lower calories. By spacing out your calories throughout your whole day, you increase the chances of your body burning most of those calories. Also, by preventing yourself from getting hungry, you can also get away with eating fewer calories overall. Once your body reaches a stage where you are eating less calories than your body is burning, your body will start burning your stored energy. In other words, your body will start burning fat, and you will start getting lighter. Eating light throughout the day helps keep your appetite and hunger pangs under control. Also, switching to high bulk foods like fiber-rich fruit and vegetables helps keep you feeling fuller longer. Fiber-rich foods fill you up more completely and your brain sends out less hunger signals
Instead of buying potato chips, snack on baked potatoes instead. Don’t top them off with butter or sour cream. That would defeat the purpose. Instead, sprinkle some vinegar and a little bit of salt and pepper and you’re good to go