9 Ways to Control Your Appetite and Kick Those Cravings to the Kerb
Are you struggling with constant hunger pangs? There are very few people who can resist the temptation of giving into their cravings. Unfortunately, there are very few processed foods that do not contain sugar. If you’ve had enough of making New Year’s Resolutions that you know you can’t keep, then you might be ready to declare freedom from food dependency. With that said, here are 10 sure-fire ways to control your appetite.
#1 Admit Your Dependency
If you constantly snack when you’re stressed and anxious, or while watching Netflix, then it’s time to admit that you’re a comfort eater. Many people like to snack while watching their favourite shows, but if you’re snacking on junk, you’re only doing yourself an injustice. Here’s a thought, when you’re stressed, anxious, or watching your favourite show, use your hands to knit, do arm weights, or chew gum.
#2 Avoid Pinterest
Many women love looking at Pinterest for delicious and authentic dinner and dessert ideas. If that’s you, then stop immediately. The mere sight of a delicious lasagne baked with a mouth-watering white source or a double baked cheesecake dripping in caramel can set off a craving that is only going to make you fall off the wagon. We’ve all been there, so if you must, give Pinterest a rest until you feel ready.
#3 Kick-Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
They say you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper, and they couldn’t be more right. When you sleep at night, your body uses up all your energy to repair and renew cells. By the time you wake up in the morning, your body desperately needs the energy to kick-start your metabolism, so when you don’t feed your body the right fuel in the morning, your metabolism slows down throughout the day, giving you a cocktail of unhealthy cravings.
#4 Don’t Confuse Dehydration with Hunger
Your body warns you when you have no energy, it lets you know when you are unwell, and it tells you when you are dehydrated. Interestingly, most people confuse dehydration with hunger, so whenever you get a craving for something sweet or savoury, drink at least half a litre of water and wait 10 minutes. Not only does water reduce hunger pangs, but it also speeds up the metabolism.
#5 Get Your Body Moving for at least 30 minutes a Day
If you want to avoid a hungry tummy screaming for junk food, then you need to exercise. By the time you’ve finished exercising, you won’t be hungry, but you ’ll be thirsty. Also, you will experience a “feel good” hormone called serotonin, which is released by your brain when you exercise, so expect to feel happy.
#6 Juice, Juice, and Juice Some More
Everyone’s talking about the power of juicing greens and alkaline fruits. If you have not started juicing, then start immediately. Juicing is incredible. Not only does it feed your body with all the right minerals and nutrients, but it also controls your appetite, and makes you thinner too.
#7 Power up with Protein
It’s a known fact that protein keeps you fuller for longer than carbohydrates. Making protein about 40% of your total daily intake will not only help you sustain high energy levels all day long, but it will also control your appetite. If you’re a vegetarian, turn to quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, and toasted seeds. If you’re a meat eater, keep biltong at home and at work – it always fills the gap.
#8 Set Goals and Reward Yourself
You must give yourself time to adapt, and when you meet your goals, reward yourself with new shoes, a massage, or a pedicure. Reward yourself with anything but food.
#9 Try the Herbex Attack the Fat Range
At Herbex, we’re no strangers to issues with appetite control, which is why we’ve gone and designed a wide range of Attack the Fat products that are packed with an elite class of adaptogen herbs that not only act as a gentle laxative, but also boost the metabolism, help break down fat cells, and control the appetite. Used in conjunction with a low-carb and high-protein diet regimen, as well as a realistic daily exercise plan, you will kick those cravings to the kerb in no time.