Have you ever tried to lose weight only to find yourself too hungry before your next planned meal? It’s a disaster; you end up overeating and possibly making poor decisions. While it’s a good idea to practice being a little hungry before your next meal, letting yourself go from hungry to “Hangry” is usually a recipe for weight gain and yo-yo dieting. Instead aim to consume these 6 natural appetite suppressants that will leave you feeling fuller for longer so you don’t become the next person on the Snickers Commercial.
- Green Leafy Veggies
Veggies provide vital nutrients and fibre which help signal your brains satiety levels that it got what it needs.
- Lean Protein
Protein like poultry, fish, pork and beef provide weight in your stomach and it takes longer to digest than any other macronutrient making this a powerhouse for making you feel fuller for longer. Aim to have a palm sized serving in 3 meals a day. Even vegetarian dishes can get in on the action with protein rich legumes like beans.
- Green Tea or Coffee
The caffeine and antioxidants in these hot beverages when consumed in moderation can help suppress appetite. Just go easy on the sugar and cream.
- Cayenne or Hot Sauce
Spicy, has been an age old battle tested way to eat fewer calories. It can give you a slight boost in your metabolism temporarily as well. One evening snack that can help curb cravings is cauliflower in hot sauce with cucumbers to cool it down. It won’t take much before you feel full and your late night cravings are non-existent.
There is an old rule that works fairly well as a marker for being aware of your hungry. “If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, you probably aren’t actually hungry”. Of course when you are hungry enough to eat an apple, then by all means have one. Apples are filled with soluble fibre and pectin, which can fill you up for hours.
It happens too often in line of work. Seeing people overeat snacks throughout the day because they are hungry when in fact they are confusing thirst for hunger. Make it a rule to drink a glass of water between meals to keep yourself hydrated and never confuse thirst for hunger again.