Do you feel your stomach wants something more after a regular intervel of time?Are you confused what to feed your hungry stomach when it rings again for food?
Well there exist natural appetite suppressants that keep those insidious hunger pangs in check.
1. Oats: A bowl of oats in the morning and you are good to go. Research suggests counting on oatmeal to keep you full longer. According to a study published in Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, people who started their day with a bowl of oatmeal were found to less hungry at lunch time as opposed to those who munched on cold cereal. Oats are high in carbs, take time to digest and are known to suppress the hunger hormone ghrelin. Oats are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibers. Eating food with lots of fiber will help you feel full for longer, so you’re more likely to stick to your calorie limit.
2.Almonds: The high composition of healthy unsaturated fat, proteins and fiber explains the appetite-suppressing properties of nuts especially almonds.Almonds,when consumed as a snack, reduce hunger during meal times. Antioxidants, healthy fats, proteins, minerals – they have it all. This is also the reason nuts and seeds help address our hunger pangs and keep us satiated in a healthy way.Stick to 1 ounce/28gms a day.
3.Apple: An apple a day not just keeps the doctor away, but also your hunger at bay. Researchers from University of Iowa credit this to the presence of ursolic acid in the apple peel. Besides, the presence of soluble fiber and pectin in apple makes you feel full for long.All fruits are low in calories and contain a number of vital nutrients like vitamins, antioxidants minerals. Fruits are an excellent snack option while counting calories. By providing fiber and electrolytes, they help keep us not tired and full. Eat it with the skin.
4.Mint: Mint has been touted as an appetite suppressant for many years. Mint tea, minty mouthwash and even burning a mint candle is supposed to calm you and help control your hunger pangs, just make sure you not to set off the fire alarm with the candle.
5.Dark Chocolate: The high cocoa levels and bitter taste will stop any chocolate craving in its tracks while the steric acid contained in dark chocolate will help you to feel fuller for longer. Enjoy with coffee to diffuse the bitter taste.
6.Chia seeds: These tiny seeds are big on Omega 3, protein and fibre which promote satiety. Tip: They are also moisture-absorbing, meaning that once you have eaten them, they will expand, keeping you feeling nice and full.
7.Tofu: Not just for vegetarians, tofu is high in filling protein, low in calories and contains genistein, a natural appetite suppressant. Tip: Try adding some to Japanese miso soup or a stir-fry.