You may be tempted to eat, but that is probably the worst thing that you can do if you are trying to diet to lose weight. It’s hard to go without eating, especially when your stomach is growling and your appetite is saying, “Gimme, gimme, gimme!” Half the time you’re not really hungry, but you’re just bored, tired, depressed, or in the mood for something tasty.
Want to shut down your appetite the easy way? Try this sneaky tricks and see if they don’t work nicely:
Chia seeds are more than just loaded in fiber, but they actually absorb a lot of water and expand. If you want to suppress your hunger, have a small midday snack of a cup of watered-down juice (half juice, half water) with a couple of teaspoons of chia seeds floating inside. Let the seeds sit for 10 minutes, and drink them down. They’ll expand, fill your stomach, and stop you from being hungry.
Sniff a Fruit
Did you know that you can trick your senses into believing that you’ve just eaten – even if you don’t put food in your mouth? Smelling a green apple or a banana will be just as good as eating one, and you’ll find that your body will be content with just a few good sniffs of these two fruits. Your brain will tell your stomach that you have eaten, and the temptation to snack will be gone!
If you want to stop yourself from being hungry, go work up a good sweat. You can sweep the floor, play basketball, lift weights, or run – but go get sweaty. Sweat means that you’ve burned calories, and it lowers the levels of ghrelin – the hunger-causing hormone – in your body. The more exercise you do, the less tempted you’ll be to eat.
Snack on a Grapefruit
Grapefruit is a fantastic diet food, as it will stimulate your metabolism and help your body to burn more calories than you’ve eaten. What makes it perfect for you is the fact that it will suppress your appetite, as they’ll control your insulin levels. Insulin lowers your blood sugar, and blood sugar that gets too low causes your body to feel hunger. Keep insulin low, and your blood sugar won’t yo-yo as much.
Flip the Switch
This is a psychological trick that may just work if you’re tempted to snack late at night. When the house is dark and you’re creeping towards the fridge, turn on the lights. It is believed that this makes you feel like you’re in the spotlight, so you will be more self-conscious about your actions. Rather than sneaking towards the fridge in the dark, get a small snack in the bright kitchen light – or just drink a glass of water before heading back to bed.
Pinch Your Jaws
Acupressure can be useful to treat all sorts of things, possibly even your appetite. If you feel hungry, pinch the spot below your ears – where your jaw is jointed. Pressing on this bit of cartilage for 30 minutes can help to prevent your appetite from getting out of control, as this is supposed to be an appetite control point used by acupressurists.
No, this doesn’t mean to light a cigarette, but a candle. The scent of a candle can actually reduce your cravings or hunger pangs, especially if the scent is peppermint, apple, and banana. If you can buy a few candles with these scents, you can light up every time you feel the pangs coming on.
Feel the urge to eat? Have a cup of green tea, oolong tea, or peppermint tea. You’ll find your appetite disappears immediately!