Most of us think of hard to swallow pills when it comes to appetite suppressants. We are in such a rush today that we overlook the simplest of solutions. Jumping back onto the diet wagon again recently, I wanted to research natural ways to suppress my appetite.
Yes, water. Drinking 2 glasses of water before a meal, can reduce your calorie intake by 80 calories. It fills the stomach and reduces the urge to overeat. Try to drink two 8 ounce glasses of water, 5 minutes before every meal. Add lemon or berries for extra vitamins.
2. Dark chocolate
Yes, finally, some great news. Dark chocolate has stearic acid. This assists with digestion. The bitterness of dark chocolate sends signals to the body, which naturally decrease your appetite. I personally like the bitterness, but if you do not, try a cup of coffee with it, to reduce the bitter taste. Opt for 70% and above pure cocoa when you chose your dark chocolate.
This healthy suppressant, depending on the brand, contains up to 5 grams of fiber. Oatmeal will help you stay fuller longer. I love mine with blueberries and almonds and yogurt (protein) mixed in. This has become a solid morning routine for me, especially after my morning workout, and almost never feel hungry before lunch.
4. Green tea
I believe we all have heard about this one on and off over the years. If you are not a coffee drinker, green tea is a great alternative. Powerful antioxidants in green tea help to suppress glucose and slow its movement into fat cells. This helps prevent insulin, which is good for overall health and appetite.
Apples are fantastic little snacks that are high in fiber and water. Apples keep you feeling full and they also contain pectin. Pectin can assist you in keeping your blood sugar low. Apples are really portable and healthy snacks. I keep a couple of them with me at work for when I get the early morning or late afternoon munchies.
Avocado is slightly underrated appetite suppressants, but I love it in my salads. Avocados are loaded with fiber and monounsaturated fat (heart healthy fats). They send signals to the brain indicating you are full. The good news is, you do not have to eat too many of them to beat your hunger.
7. Sweet potatoes
They are loaded with vitamins A, B6, C and E. The starch in sweet potatoes resists digestion and they stay in your stomach longer helping you feel full. Sweet potatoes taste a lot better than regular potatoes so I frequently use them as a substitute. However, moderation is a must.
Salmon contains healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids), and is high in protein. It does not take much salmon to help you keep the snack cravings away. If you do not like salmon, tuna is a good substitute.
Salmon is a great salad or light dinner idea, when you add it dark leafy vegetables such as spinach or kale and a light vinaigrette. The added bonus is that dark leafy vegetables are also natural appetite suppressants.
Nuts, especially almonds, are a rich source of vitamin E, magnesium and antioxidants. Almonds are also a great source of protein. I keep a baggy of these with me at work (next to the apples). This is another healthy middle of the day snack. Nuts are also a great additions to any salad or your morning breakfast cereal.
There are many natural appetite suppressants, including skim milk and flax seed among a few. The list might be much longer but I chose these ones, because I use them in my own healthy diet routine. Mix and match these natural appetite suppressants and ditch your costly diet pills.