I get questions from you guys and one question has been consistent over the last few months. The number one question I have been getting as of late is, “How do I curb my appetite?” I am so pleased that you guys are exercising and making mindful changes in your diet. You are fighting the good fight, but sometimes it gets tough and boy do I know it. So, I figured I would answer it in an article. I get it, when you are watching what you’re eating, making sure you are eating the right portions and you are hungry an hour later, it’s frustrating. Here are a few things you can do to suppress your appetite long enough to make it to your next planned meal time.
- Drink – When you are done with your meal and still feel a little rumble in your tummy, grab your cup. You can have water or even green tea. Make sure you drink at least 2 glasses (which is a water bottle). Many times, when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty. You can also switch it up and have something hot. Coffee or tea is good, be mindful of what you put in it. Sip it slow and savor it.
- Brush Your Teeth – It sounds weird but pack that toothbrush in your purse or briefcase. When you are trying to focus on your work but your stomach is grumbling and is focusing on food, it’s hard not to keep checking your watch to see if it’s lunch time. Step away for a moment, grab your toothbrush, head to the restroom and brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. By brushing your teeth, you disrupt your thoughts of eating and most people don’t want to eat right after they brush. It could hold you over until meal time. Trust me it works and not only have you held off the munchies, your teeth will be pearly white.
- Chew Gum – When your stomach is talking to you, it is hard to ignore it. However, you can distract it a bit by chewing gum. Chewing gum sends signals to your brain that you are full and it chases away those cravings and hunger pangs.
Stay strong and make sure you are eating enough protein, fiber rich foods and eat your calories instead drinking them. Implement the tricks as needed, they will help you get through those 3-4 hours until your next meal and you will hit your target.
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