Do you struggle with constant hunger? An insatiable appetite is quite a setback when you’re trying to lose weight. Here are 8 easy and effective steps to curb your appetite minus the weight gain.
Appetite, in and of itself is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s an essential signal of your body’s need for refueling. Most often, your appetite is not the problem; but your reaction to it.
8 Easy and Effective Steps to Curb Your Appetite
(1) Eat More Often
If you want to control your hunger, don’t let yourself get too hungry. If you wait too long to eat in between meals, you’ll be famished causing you to gorge on your next meal. Never skip meals. Eat at least every 4 hours. Take regular meals and 2 snacks a day to keep your metabolism up so you won’t feel too hungry. Don’t be afraid to eat.
(2) Ask Yourself Why
“Why do I want to eat?” Is it because you’re bored? Stressed? Mad? Learn how to differentiate true hunger from “emotional hunger”. If hunger is not the first reason, then stop. Distract yourself by doing a fun activity – a walk in the park, organizing your closet, calling a relative or friend.
(3) Drink Up
We often don’t drink enough water and sometimes, what your body identifies as hunger is actually thirst. If you’re hungry, try drinking a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. Your hunger might pass. If it doesn’t, at least you wouldn’t feel as hungry as you used to before taking agua.
(4) Get Enough Shut-eye
Lack of sleep can have adverse effects on your hunger and appetite hormones. Notice how you often feel hungry when you are tired? That’s because your body sends signals that it needs more energy in the form of food. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every day.
(5) Eat Appetite Pleasers
Choose foods that will satiate your appetite. Practice healthy eating. Avoid reaching for biscuits, lollipops and foods high in sugar and artificial sweeteners. Eat more fibre and protein-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, brown pasta, lean meat, fish and whole-grains. They stay in your tummy longer so you’re feeling full.
(6) Take A Fibre Supplement
Adding more fibre to your diet can really curb your appetite as it creates a feeling of fullness. We recommend Herbalife’s Fibrebond - a fibre supplement with soluble and insoluble fibre which not only helps you feel fuller longer but also speeds up the passage of food through the digestive system so your body absorbs less fat, helping you lose the extra weight.
(7) Eat Slowly
Take smaller forkfuls. Chew your food thoroughly. Enjoy your meal. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to receive the “full” signal.
(8) When You Eat, Eat
Don’t eat while talking on the phone, watching TV or reading e-mails. You won’t get to really savour the food, hence the reason why you’re feeling hungry even though you’ve just eaten.
As you can see, it’s easy to curb your appetite. Go ahead and give these tips a try. Before you know it, you’ve successfully tamed the beast!
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Rooting for you,
~ The HSO Team ~
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