8 Foods to Naturally Suppress Your Appetite Slideshow
August 17, 2016
Dieting is difficult, but it doesn’t need to be; what if you could eat foods that convinced your mind that you weren’t hungry?
Almond milk and almond butter have exploded in popularity, but it’s the unprocessed nut that can help you stave off those feelings of hunger. Almonds are useful tools for weight loss because the high fiber content makes you feel full, but make sure to not overdo it on the nuts, 1 ounce of almonds is 168 calories
You already probably love them, but here’s another way to justify your obsession with avocados: These little green-fleshed fruits are packed with oleic acid, which has been found to quell cravings by triggering an area in the brain that signals fullness to the body.
Speaking of calories, a cup of coffee — without cream or sugar — contains almost none. Energy boost aside, the caffeine in coffee helps manage our appetite and negate that urge to eat. Caffeine has also been found to briefly boost metabolism.
Although the health benefits of dark chocolate have been well documented, a study published in the 2010 issue of Regulatory Peptides found that women who consumed, or even smelled, dark chocolate had less of an appetite than the control group that didn't. This physiological change is the result of a decrease in levels of ghrelin, a hormone that regulates the feeling of satiation.
If you fear the pre-lunch stomach grumbles, try adding some eggs to your breakfast routine. A study from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating eggs in the morning can lead to a lower overall daily calorie consumption. Protein-rich egg whites also nullify the hormone ghrelin, which has been linked to increased food cravings.
Along with being one of the most popular drinks in the world, it’s also one of the healthiest. Green tea possesses two hormones, norepinephrine and dopamine, that target the sympathetic nervous system and quell the desire to eat.
This one is pretty straightforward: Eating spicy foods will suppress your appetite. Try putting a nice glob of wasabi on your next tuna roll and see how anxious you are to take the next bite. If wasabi is not the right fit for your taste buds try a couple shakes of Tabasco sauce to slow down your eating pace
Sometimes the simplest solutions work best: A 2010 study published in the academic journal Obesity found that adults who drank two cups of water before a meal consumed fewer calories. Unfortunately, this trick wasn’t as effective for the people under the age of 30. The reason: an adult’s stomach empties slower meaning they retain water, and the feeling of fullness, for longer.