If you’re trying to cut back on calories, you’ve probably experienced that persistent rumbling in your stomach throughout the day. Just because you’re trying to control your caloric intake doesn’t mean that you should go hungry all the time. In fact, if you eat the right kinds of foods, your appetite can be controlled naturally. Here are some of the best natural appetite suppressants that will keep you feeling full without all the calories!
An Apple a Day
If you’re feeling hungry between meals, keep an apple handy. Apples are low in calories and fat, but chock full of fiber, which will keep your stomach happy. Because apples contain natural sugar, they don’t spike blood sugar levels the way that added sugars do, causing even more sugar cravings.
A Glass of Water
Drinking a full 8 ounce glass of water is one of the easiest ways to suppress your appetite. As soon as you feel the first pangs of hunger come on, drink an entire glass of water and wait 10 minutes. Most of the time, you’ll find your hunger has been satiated without consuming additional calories.
Soup can be a dieter’s best friend, that is, if you avoid the cream-based family of soups. Pick soups that have a vegetable or chicken broth base and feature plenty of beans and vegetables. The high water content and typically low calorie content of soups makes them great weight loss aids.
While nuts in moderation have been found to have positive effects on your health, pine nuts are best at suppressing appetite. Why? Because this little seed has the highest amount of protein over any other nut or seed. Pine nuts also contain a polyunsaturated fat, pinolenic acid, which releases two appetite-suppressing hormones that send signals of satiation to the brain helping you to eat less.
Flax seeds are usually consumed because of their high amounts of the important omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds are packed with fiber. One ounce of flaxseeds delivers 8 grams of fiber! And foods high in fiber help keep your blood sugar levels and hunger hormones in check. Add flax seed to just about anything – salads, smoothies, cereals and even baked goods.