It isn’t rocket science. To lose weight, we need to ingest fewer calories. This means no more overeating. The more we eat, the more our body craves, and it is easy to become locked into an overeating spiral. Especially over 40, once your metabolism significantly slows, dropping sizes around the waistline is difficult without cutting down your food intake.
Trying to stick to low calorie diets often makes you irritable and short-tempered and sucks all the pleasure out of daily life. But there are some natural ways of tricking our body into suppressing its appetite hormones.
TRY THESE NATURAL APPETITE SUPPRESSING WAYS TO TRICK YOUR GUT
EAT HIGH FIBRE, LOW-CALORIE FOODS
This is the best way to trick your body into thinking you have ingested more calories than you have. This is perfect for a snack in between meals to help get you through the day. Each day, before work, you could prepare some Tupperware boxes of celery, steamed broccoli and carrots. You could graze on them throughout the morning and afternoon, and they should take away your raging hunger.
Green Tea is a super-drink. Not only is it great for keeping a healthy mind and lower cholesterol, but it also has properties which regulate appetite hormones effectively. There are two main hormones released which tell your brain you are hungry, ghrelin and leptin. People who regularly drink green tea were found to have significantly lower levels of ghrelin.
Green tea has also been found to stimulate thermogenic activity in the body. This means that it will stimulate the burning of fat cells during exercise. If you are serious about trimming your waistline, green tea should be the first thing on your shopping list.
Coffee is another good, natural appetite suppressant. The hormone, peptide YY, is produced in the gut when we eat, which signals to our brain that we are full. This same hormone is produced when we drink coffee, simulating the feeling of being full. This can last for up to three hours, ensuring you don’t feel the need to binge between meals.
This is one of the stranger ones on the list, but it really works. If you add cider vinegar to carbohydrates, it lowers blood sugar levels, so you feel fuller for longer. If you find that having a salad for lunch leaves you staring longingly at a takeaway menu just 30 minutes after, try using a vinegar based dressing to combat the feeling of hunger.
Grapefruits have been linked to raising energy levels and reducing appetite levels. It manages ghrelin levels and excites nerves in the adrenal gland and brown adipose tissue. This means that if you eat grapefruit then do exercise, you are more likely to burn more fat and calories.
To get all the benefits, use the rind in a recipe. Grapefruit rind contains an enzyme which helps maintain balanced blood sugar levels, so it should stop you craving something sweet after your meal too.
Natural appetite suppression is an excellent way to complement a balanced diet and regular exercise.