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Controlling Your Appetite

Updated on March 16, 2011

Following balanced diet is the most common way to loosing weight but it is often difficult to stay away from certain foods completely. Those foods are our favourite and we can't simply do away with them, but there are ways to help you control intense appetite for these foods.

Below are tips that can help you control your appetite.

  • Stick to regular sleep pattern. Studies show that depriving yourself sleep causes inbalance of the hormones Leptin and Grehlin. Low levels of leptin increases hunger while Grehlin stimulates appetite thus an inbalance of these hormones can make you over eat.
  • Eat 30 minutes after work out. Studies have shown that exercise increases appetite therefore people are tempted to eat large portions of food after work out. Allowing 20 to 30 minutes after work out before meals reduces appetite.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables before meals. There are many benefits of eating fruits and vegetables before meals, one of them is it provides enough fibre that fills up your tummy and prevents you from over eating the bulk of the main meal.
  • Go in for smaller portions of food. Having larger portions increases the temptation to eat all the food served.
  • Take your time to eat. Take meals slowly rather than rushing, this way your brain can tell when you are getting full. Eating slowly and enjoying it is better than rushing with a larger portion to satisfy your appetite.
  • Try as much as possible not to starve yourself.
  • Drink plenty of water as this fills up your tummy and restrains you from over eating.
  • You can also go in for appetite suppressant supplements, but you do not want to use drugs so stick to the natural ways to suppress appetite and it will work for you.

Remember slimming takes a lot of effort, there will be days when you will feel intense hunger and intense appetite for food but learning to control your appetite can be very helpful.

Nice day!


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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Small portions are always a good tip. Also, you can opt for vegetables that take the place of those junk food cravings. For instance, pour some ranch dip in a bowl to dip carrot sticks in. You can even use low calorie/low fat ranch dip for this.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      These are important tips to help control your weight! Fruits and vegetables are a great substitute for junk food.

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      youmeget 7 years ago

      You are always welcome fossillady and brightforyou. Thank you for your remarks.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Voted up and Useful - good advice here, thank you!

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      Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Very good and practical advise that works, some good tips!

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      youmeget 7 years ago

      Good to see you here kuuki, you are always welcome. It's hard though but slimming requires a lot of effort and determination. It can be fun too.

      Nice day!

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      youmeget 7 years ago

      Thank you Dexter for taking time to read my hub and commenting. There are more than 20 benefits you derive from taking fruits and vegetables before meals. It's a good thing.

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      youmeget 7 years ago

      Thank you Donna for visiting. Sleep, exercise and diet all help in slimming.

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      kuuki 7 years ago

      youmeget- you appetite control tips are practical and worth following but the tongue is always slippery it slips into anything Eyes likes and nostrils approve ... yummy

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      Dexter Yarbrough 7 years ago from United States

      Great information. I need to work on eating fruits and vegetables before meals and eating slower. Thanks!

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      Donna Suthard 7 years ago

      That is true, I agree with what you said, about lack of sleeping..It helps to get enough sleep! Diets don't generally work for me, but exercise does!