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10 Ways to Curb Your Appetite

The battle of the bulge comes down to one thing; Calories in versus calories out. The reason Americans are so overweight is because they eat too much. Instead of searching for a magic pill or exercise invention, we need to stop bringing the fork to our mouth and cut down on eating. This is obviously easier said than done. Most people love to eat. There are so many great food options out there that taste are appetizing. Fighting and winning the battle of the bulge can seem overwhelming. If you want some simple strategies to reduce the amount of food you eat, read on.

Here are 10 ways to Curb your Appetite.

Drink Water
A study done at a college in Utah showed that people who drank 8 ounces of water before every meal lost 50% more weight than those who did not. They ate the same meals and exercised the same amount of time. The reason they lost more was simple - they felt fuller sooner and did not eat as much. Try drinking 8 ounces of water before each meal. You’ll not only eat less, you’ll be hydrated, have better skin, and have more energy.

Eat Protein
Lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, eggs, pork, and lean red meat fill you up much better than foods like crackers and bread. Protein is the building block of muscle and 'sticks to the ribs' much better. Be sure to choose lean protein sources rather than high fat red meat, fried chicken, and cheese.

Graze Instead of Binge
Everything in society seems to be 'supersized'. Over the years, our portions have gotten so much bigger. We’re eating less frequently but consuming more. Not a good combination. Binging causes you to get in the cycle of stuffing your face because you’re hungry over and over again. Try feeding your body slowly throughout the day by eating 5-6 frequent small meals.

Increase Fiber
Fiber helps keep you feeling fuller. It’s also proven to decrease the risk factors associated with heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Take over the counter fiber supplements or eat foods high in fiber.

Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates provide the body with a sustained release of energy over the course of a few hours. This helps you to feel full longer, similar to eating protein.

Eat Veggies
Veggies are low in calories and high in vitamins and nutrients. Eating veggies will keep you feeling full without the expense of consuming a bunch of calories. So go ahead, if you want to snack then have at it. Eat away, as long as its carrot sticks, broccoli and other fresh veggies.

Get Rid of Temptation
You wouldn’t expect a drug addict to do well living in a house filled with their drug of choice right? So why do we think we can be successful at moderating our diets being surrounded by tempting food. Take a little time and do a clean sweep. Ditch the ho hos, chips, and donuts with some healthy alternatives.

Get a Hobby
We eat when we are bored. You don’t see people with a lot of hobbies sitting around stuffing their faces. Take up exercising, reading, crafts, bike riding…whatever it takes to help you spend more time being busy and not sitting around eating.

Combine Foods
When you combine foods by eating a balanced diet your body will feel full. Balanced meals are marked by a serving of protein, complex carbohydrate, veggies, and water.

Avoid Simple Carbohydrates
Simple carbohydrates like snack foods cause your body to feel full temporarily followed by a crash soon after. Avoid refined grains, like white bread, white rice, and the like.

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