One of the most difficult challenges when dieting is controlling the sudden hunger pangs that always seem to hit when your will-power is at its weakest. In order to achieve your dieting goals, curbing your appetite in between eating sensible meals can mean the difference between weight loss failure and success. Luckily, there foods you can eat (or snack on) that will help you to get past or avoid hunger pangs completely.
Foods that are high in fiber, such as apples, pears, leafy green vegetables, nuts, grains, potatoes, and beans are just some of the high fiber choices that help to suppress appetite. Fiber helps kill sugar cravings and usually foods high in fiber are also filling, so you will feel more full, too.
Skipping breakfast is a dieting cardinal sin as it only lowers your already low morning blood sugar levels and puts your body on track to have hunger pangs for the rest of the day. You don’t need a big breakfast, though – try having one or two eggs with a glass of juice. Studies have proven that people who ate an egg for breakfast rather than a bagel felt full for longer. Eggs are also high in protein and only raise HDL (the good cholesterol).
Salads, as long as you don’t drench them in high fat dressings, are great for filling you up with minimal calories and fat. A leafy green salad is also high in fiber, the praises of which have already been sung. Grind up some flaxseeds (also high in fiber as well as rich in Omega-3 and antioxidants) and sprinkle on top for an extra healthy, nutrient rich snack.
Another easy way to promote weight loss is to eat spicy foods. Spicy foods such as hot peppers, Tabasco sauce, garlic, curry powder, and cumin increase metabolism and raise the body’s norepinephrine and epinephrine levels which in turn suppress the appetite.
Although this article focuses on foods that help suppress the appetite, any discussion on dieting would be lacking without mentioning weight-loss benefits of drinking water. When your body is dehydrated, your appetite increases, so keeping hydrated helps curb hunger pangs. Of course, drinking water also makes you feel fuller, as well, which also sates the appetite.
In addition to choosing the right appetite suppressing foods and drinking enough water, dieters should make an effort to eat several small meals a day rather than just two or three larger ones. Studies show by parceling food out, the body can better regulate digestion and maintain a healthy metabolism.
In conclusion, a successful diet hinges largely on the ability to suppress sudden cravings and eat foods that aid in maintaining weight loss goals. By making well-informed eating choices anyone can be successful at losing pounds and improving their overall health.
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