There is not a lot you can do to control when you get hungry, everyone gets hungry at different times during the day. But sometimes we just want something to suppress the cravings. We want something that will satisfy our hunger without eating too much. Those who are trying to lose weight often starve themselves rather than eat and that’s not always a good thing. But there are a lot of healthy and tasty foods that will help get the hunger under control and make losing those extra pounds a little easier.
One of the best foods to eat when those hunger pangs come on strong are apples. Apples have a high fiber content and can be very filling. There are other advantages to eating apples besides just being high in fiber. An apple takes longer to digest so they should be chewed longer. As the brain takes 20 minutes to understand that the stomach is full, chewing longer will make one feel full while still eating the apple.
Oranges, tangerines and other citrus fruits are also a good source of fiber which can help suppress that hunger. They also have a high water content, so they don’t promote weight gain. The same doesn’t apply to citrus fruit juices however. Citrus fruit juices have less nutrients and fiber which reduces the appetite suppressing quality.
A known fat burner is green tea but that’s not it’s only benefit, it is also as an excellent appetite suppressant. When one drinks a cup of green tea, hormones are released which are responsible for curbing food cravings.
A great snack for those trying to lose weight is almonds. Almonds contain pinolenic acid which the body uses to manufacture hunger suppressing hormones. To get the most out of the almonds they should be chewed well.
Dietitians often recommend oatmeal for breakfast because it is rich in fiber and leaves you with a satisfied feeling for a longer period. Oatmeal is one known to be one of the best appetite suppressing foods.
Next time you get those hunger pangs, don’t go hungry, snack on one of these healthy foods instead.