Most people that want to eat healthy have only the best of intentions at heart. Going shopping for healthy foods, learning about portion control and finding smart snack alternatives can help you to avoid overeating and prevent you from going backwards.
On the other hand, modern society makes it incredibly difficult for us to resist eating massive quantities of unhealthy, heavily processed foods. Our bodies and minds are instinctively trained to crave the fattiest foods, so instead of filling up on fiber and the right foods, we look for appetite suppressants and diet pills to stand your ground. The problem with this is there is no regulation on the pills you are taking and many of them are filled with toxic fillers and none of them provide a true benefit quite like the change in diet.
Eating healthier by eliminating processed foods, refined sugars, etc. will help to speed up your metabolism, but in the interim, you should get all the help that you can by stocking up on these appetite suppressing foods.
Fresh Cucumbers, Watermelon, Apples, and other fresh fruit.
Cucumbers might not seem all that enticing especially when you’re craving a piece of fried chicken, but that’s only because you don’t know all that cucumbers are capable of. Fresh, firm cucumbers are comprised of more than 90 percent water, so you can snack on them all day long and stave off the pounds. Don’t think that you just have to eat them plain. Add some lemon juice or water to a bowl of sliced cucumbers for a flavor that’s reminiscent of pickles, add some cayenne pepper to make a spicy dish, or bake them with a thin coating of olive oil for a more savory flavor.
One of my favorite snacks is a HoneyCrisp Apple with natural nut butter and chia seeds. This combo is loaded with fiber to help keep you regular but also to keep you full longer. Much like the cucumber, Watermelon is another fruit that is water based and can be eaten during the day to keep sweet cravings at bay.
Soups, Broths, and Stews
As the saying goes, soup really is good for the soul – and suppressing your appetite. The main ingredient in stew and soup is usually water, so you can eat a larger portion by going heavy on the broth and vegetables, and sparingly on meats and starches. Adding in bone broth or collagen is a great way to get immune boosting powers and protein to keep you full longer.
Hot soup is comforting, and it requires you to slow down and cool off each spoonful before you eat. On the other hand, cold soups are both hearty and refreshing, and they can be made by blending fresh, healthy vegetables. A reasonable amount of soup or stew can really hold you over when you’re feeling hungry. For those with chronic inflammation or struggle with immunity, blending raw veggies in a luke warm soup can tame inflammation and leave you feeling much better.
Popcorn, Rice Cakes, and Other Whole Grain Snacks
Another trick for appetite suppression is eating a limited amount of whole grains and rice that are prepared in a smart way. Nibbling on healthy popcorn will make your hunger pains melt away, and if you pair this healthy snack with some water, you stomach will be instantly satiated. Rice cakes are also a good appetite suppressant that can be amplified with unsweetened tea. Although you may prefer to avoid carbohydrates, some foods can be eaten in moderation and provide appetite suppressing qualities that are just incomparable. And we have seen through numerous research projects that carbs are the essential energy the body needs. Cutting it out doesn’t have the “incredible fat blasting” powers we once though it did.
It’s normal to feel hungry more often right around the time that you begin changing your eating habits for the better. Coming up with a list of healthier alternative food choices that work to suppress the appetite is critical if you’re in it for the long run. Accept the fact that setbacks sometimes occur and don’t be hard on yourself if you slip, and keep a cache of appetite suppressing foods readily accessible so that you won’t be tempted again.