Hello divas and happy Friday! I hope that you have had a great week so far. I have been loving the fall weather so far here in Tennessee and have been working on getting back on track with my health and fitness goals. One thing that I continue to struggle with, however, is food. Namely I am just so hungry and don’t always make the best choices on what I eat. So today I am sharing my 5 Ways to Naturally Control Your Appetite.
So what what are some ways to control your appetite and enjoy a healthier diet? I am not a supplement person in general and I like to try to naturally fix problems before I resort to taking a supplement (see my 5 Ways to Detox Naturally). This includes finding ways to control my appetite so that I am not always hungry and needlessly snacking.
Evaluate eating patterns. The first step to figuring out how to control how much you eat is to figure out WHY you eat. Do you skip meals then pig out at night? Do you snack when your are stressed? Can you not watch the game on tv without a bowl of ice cream or some chips? Once you find out what your patterns are, you can decide how to combat any negative patterns.
Eat regularly. In order to keep yourself from becoming ravenous, you need to eat regularly to maintain your blood sugar and metabolism. This means not skipping breakfast as it is super important to get everything up and running in the morning. It is also helpful to eat regularly so that you don’t get hungry. I typically eat three meals a day and 2-3 snacks so that I am eating something (as healthy as possible) every 2-3 hours or so. For others it may be 3 big meals a day. Either way, you need to make sure you are eating enough of the good stuff (lean protein, fruits and veggies). You will be surprised how little appetite is left for the not so good stuff.
Eat Protein. Speaking of eating the good stuff, protein is a very important nutrient to have in your diet. It helps in recovery after your workout. It helps maintain your blood sugar and takes longer to digest. This means that it doesn’t take as much to fill you up and you will feel fuller longer. I always try to eat a bit of protein at every meal and snack. It is not just meat either. Some of my favorite protein snacks include smoothies with protein powder, greek yogurt (try my dark chocolate cookie dough greek yogurt recipe), a protein nutrition bar and cheese sticks.
Hydrate. One thing that I am passionate about is staying hydrated (see how to drink more water). Many times, you can feel like you are starving when all you really are is dehydrated. Make sure you are drinking enough water. Also, tea and coffee are good options to both keep you hydrated and help suppress your appetite.
Exercise. It seems a bit counter-intuitive, but exercise actually helps you control your appetite. While it is important to recover from a workout (see how to fuel before and after a workout), it can also be noted that many times exercising will decrease your appetite. It usually takes me a couple of hours after a race or long run before my appetite returns to the point that I can have a meal. Don’t enjoy getting sweaty? Try my tips to help you learn to love fitness. Don’t feel like you have time to exercise? Check out my tips to find time to workout.
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How do you control your appetite?
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