The hunger associated with losing weight can seem overwhelming, and may even discourage many people from maintaining their weight loss plan. There are many foods, however, that can suppress appetite, and by that make dieting much easier, and increases the probability of weight loss success by keeping you on track.
Here are the 6 healthy solutions for curbing your appetite and keeping you on the right track for weight loss:
Apples: Apples are not only low in calories and fat, but they are also great appetite suppressing foods because of the high fiber content. Apples also contain natural sugars that can maintain a healthy blood sugar level. This prevents your body from developing the urge to gobble up more carbs.
Oatmeal: Half a cup of rolled oats contains five grams of fiber, which can keep you full longer. Besides that, oatmeal can help increase your body’s levels of the appetite-regulating hormone cholecystokinin, which may help control hunger in some people.
Flaxseed: Apart from being an excellent source of omega-3 fats, flaxseeds are also rich in fiber with 30 grams of flaxseeds providing 8 grams of fiber. A Danish study published last year in Appetite found that when subjects were given 2.5 grams of flaxseed fiber supplements — about the same as a heaping tablespoon of ground flax — they reported feeling fuller when compared to placebo, and also ate less when they were served lunch a few hours later.
Green tea: Especially green tae extract works by promoting thermogenesis, which increases the metabolic rate, inhibiting fat digestion, and boosting your energy. It also increases fat oxidation, which helps the body use fat as an energy source.
Dark chocolate: It can lower the levels of ghrelin, in your body, which stimulates hunger. Just smelling dark chocolate can reduce appetite. It was found that smelling it and not eating the chocolate had a better effect on curbing hunger. Some studies indicate that dark chocolate antioxidants can act as an appetite suppressant helping you lose weight and control blood sugar.
Water: A common mistake people often make is confusing being hungry for being thirsty. If you’re craving food, but you just ate or know that your body shouldn’t be hungry yet, grab a tall glass of water. If you’re still hungry once you’re done with the water, get a snack.