Do you feel the constant urge to snack? Do you overeat on a regular basis without really thinking about it? Are you considering buying appetite suppressants to help you lose weight?
If this sounds familiar, stop right now. The truth is that appetite suppressant pills can cause several health problems. Many of the methods they use to suppress your appetite are highly suspect and if they’re too strong you can end up eating so little that you have a whole new batch of health problems.
Often food cravings are really about a need for nutrients. This is why you might still feel hungry after eating a McDouble and fries (or start feeling hungry again 20 minutes later).
Your stomach is full, but your body still doesn’t have what it needs. Which means that eating nutrient rich foods is the best way to suppress your appetite.
Foods high in both vitamins and healthy fats will fill you up with everything you need to strengthen your muscles and avoid unhealthy snacks.
Try eating these foods to suppress your appetite:
All nuts have a high concentration of protein and healthy fats but almonds have the highest concentration of nutrients. Throw a handful of almonds on top of your morning meal and you’ll find yourself with less urge to snack throughout the day.
The sweet taste might have you thinking that watermelon is full of sugar but it actually has a relatively low sugar content compared to other fruit and even has a diet completely based on consuming watermelon.
Watermelon is, in fact, 90% water, so eating a couple slices with your meal will help fill you up and make you less tempted to snack throughout the day. It’s also a great thing to snack on if you really must eat something between meals.
3. Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt contains a higher percentage of protein per 100 calories than regular yogurt and is also a great source of calcium, vitamin D and healthy bacteria.
Avoid flavored Greek yogurt as it tends to be filled with corn syrup or sugar for flavor. If you must add flavor throw in a handful of dried fruit.
Mint is not only a delicious flavor for tea, it’s also a great appetite suppressant. Try drinking a cup of peppermint tea or chewing on some mint leaves before you eat a meal to avoid overeating. If you have a garden, mint is actually quite easy to grow—if anything you’ll have to worry about it taking over the entire place.
You can get eight grams of protein out of half a cup of Edamame, but it will only cost you 95 calories. Steam half a cup with your dinner vegetables and you’ll curb the urge for late night snacking.
6. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and several other essential nutrients which help suppress your appetite. They’re also tiny and almost tasteless, meaning you can throw a handful or two on top of pretty much any meal.
It might sound crazy but eating something sour can actually help you curb cravings for sugary food.
Add some lemon to your vinaigrette dressing or sprinkle a little bit of lemon juice on your meat at dinner to reduce the urge for midnight snacks. Some people also swear by a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice in the morning to help them avoid overeating at breakfast.
The whole anti-cholesterol fad gave eggs a bad rep but they are actually one of the best sources of protein out there. Studies have shown that the protein power of eggs can help you control your appetite for as long as 36 hours.
9. Vegetable Soup
Eating a broth-based vegetable soup before your main course can help you avoid eating too much at dinner. Just remember to avoid high-fat, cream based soups at all costs—the power of the broth is that it doesn’t have many more calories than water.
10. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens such as spinach actually have a large amount of protein as well as a high water content, allowing them to fill you up quickly. Stick with spinach, mustard greens or arugula instead of regular lettuce to get the highest nutrient count possible.
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