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6 Natural Appetite Suppressants That Work
The foods and drinks listed below are all natural appetite suppressants. What these foods do is that they make your stomach feel full but without adding hundreds or even thousands of calories like other fatty, sugary, or processed foods would.
Water is one of the best everyday appetite suppressants. Most dieters don’t know this but it’s true. Try drinking a BIG glass of water when you feel like you’re starting to get hungry. What you need to do to make sure this is effective is wait about 10 to 15 minutes after you drink the water for it to take effect. At first it may not feel like it’s going to suppress your appetite but if you wait then you’ll find your hunger will go away (or at least be drastically reduced). One reason why this is so effective is that oftentimes thirst can be confused with hunger.
Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Want some more flavor? Get yourself a quart of ORGANIC vegetable or chicken broth. I say organic because a lot of vegetable and chicken broths contain harmful chemicals that you want to avoid. What’s great about broth is that it’s got a good flavor and it’s VERY low in calories. You can heat up a whole quart of it and eat it with a spoon like a bowl of soup. Chances are you won’t be able to eat the whole bowl but even if you did you would have consumed LESS than 50 calories! That’s right, you can eat an entire quart of vegetable broth for under 100 calories.
Green And Leafy Vegetables
If you’re on a diet and you’re counting calories you can eat as much green and leafy vegetables as you want and you don’t even have to worry about counting the calories. Vegetables like lettuce and cabbage are perfect because it actually takes as many calories for your body to process these foods as the number of calories that you get from eating them. I don’t recommend eating them plain unless you really want to. I don’t like the taste of plain leafy greens but some people do. What you should do, if you’re like me, is to add about 100-200 calories of salad dressing to a big bowl of leafy green vegetables and then just eat until you’re full. Also, sauteing them with olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt tastes fabulous!
This is another diet food that you can eat “until you’re sick” and not feel the effects of. Pickles are extremely low in calories and are one of my favorite appetite suppressants. Just be careful which kind you purchase. A lot of the pickles you find at the store have chemical dyes and added sugar. You want to avoid those. Look for pickles that are made without sugar and artificial flavor and color. You can actually eat an ENTIRE jar of pickles and you’ll only pick up anywhere from 50 to 100 calories.
Apples do contain some calories and they do contain some carbs, but they also contain a TON of great nutrients like fiber AND they fill you up. If you’re really hungry (to the point where you feel like you could eat an entire pizza yourself) then grab a HUGE apple and eat it. If you still feel a little hungry, which you shouldn’t, then chug a big glass of water. Apples contain bulk fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial substances that do things like stop the production of hormones that make you feel hungry and help your digestive system. So the next time you feel like you could eat an entire bag of potato chips grab a big apple instead.
Herbal Appetite Suppressants
There are not too many herbal suppressants that actually work, I’m sad to say. The only one that I found to provide any relief at all was Hoodia Gordonii. But, when I did try it the effects were only short lived. I’ve found that the best way to suppress your appetite is with low-calorie foods and not pills. Fiber supplements are okay but just like Hoodia they don’t satisfy. Eating to a lot of people is more than just being full. They are actually in love with the whole process of eating. I for one, am one of those people. That’s why I like to chow down on the aforementioned natural suppressants because you can still eat, and eat a lot, without gaining lots of calories.