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8 Ways to Suppress Your Appetite and Eat Less

Top Tips January 13, 2015 By Lifehacklane

These tricks will not only quieten your stomach but they'll also go a long way to flattening it out.

Eat Smaller Portions, More Often 

Eat Smaller Portions, More Often

Instead of the traditional three meals per day, try eating smaller portions every 3 – 4 hours. This will keep your body satisfied, and keep your mind off snacks.

Eat Slowly

Eat Slowly

Eating your food slowly allows your brain to register whether your stomach is full or not. Some ways to help you slow down your eating include watching a movie, counting the number of times you chew, or engaging in conversation.

Get Enough Sleep

Get Enough Sleep

Believe it or not, sleep affects your appetite! Two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, work together to control feelings of hunger and fullness. They require you getting seven hours of sleep every night to operate effectively.

Eat More Fat

Eat More Fat

Oleic acid is a “good” fat found in avocado, nuts and extra virgin olive oil that helps cause the small intestine to produce a compound (oleoylethanolamide) that sends a message to your brain to curb hunger. An added bonus is that fat delays the stomach emptying, keeping you satisfied for longer.

Exercise!

Exercise!

Contrary to popular belief, a good workout actually decreases your appetite. A 60 minute intensive cardio session has been shown to reduce appetite for up to two hours afterwards. Get your buns moving and get a two-for-one benefit!

Love those Spuds

Love those Spuds

It may surprise you to learn that the humble potato, far from being a carbohydrate villain, is actually a hunger busting superhero. Containing digestive resistant starch, it takes longer to break down, thus staying in your intestine longer and delaying the onset of hunger pangs.

Massage Your Neck

Massage Your Neck

Many people are stress eaters. If that’s you, chances are you’re carrying a lot of your stress in your neck and upper shoulders. Doing some neck rolls and taking time to massage your neck will help relieve some of this tension. It may be beneficial to have a professional massage from time to time too. You will find that the amount you eat will decrease in direct proportion to the stress you release.

Find a Distraction 

Find a Distraction

If you find yourself constantly thinking about food then, stop! Whether it’s a crossword puzzle or a good book, a movie or a phone call to a friend, find something that will take your mind off your craving and focus it on something else. You can revisit thoughts of eating at an appropriate time but don’t allow your cravings to control you. You’re in charge!







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