Whether we choose to admit it or not, many of us want to lose weight desperately. We all have our reasons. Some of us might wish to look better in pictures. Other than the obvious positives losing weight would have had on my health, I also secretly wanted to look good whenever I accidentally bump into old acquaintances during a grocery run. Sadly, weight loss rarely comes easy.
The Natural Battle of the Bulge
One of the worse things we can do while trying to lose weight is to cause harm to our bodies in the process. Sadly, some of us do so by resorting to pharmaceutical appetite suppressant pills. Generally unhealthy, these products can also have some serious and lasting side effects. These can include organ damage and in some, grant it very rare, cases that involve prolonged use, even death (and this one is definitely a lasting side effect).
I am a firm believer in appetite control and think it should be at or near the top of the list for anyone trying to lose weight. It only makes sense that the first thing to curb should be our incessant desire to constantly consume and to overindulge. This is especially true for anyone leading a mostly sedentary lifestyle (like me). Thankfully, as luck would have it, there are better and healthier ways to suppress appetite than pharmaceuticals.
So, in no particular order, here is the list of my favorites.
What Are the Best Natural Appetite Suppressants
Coffee is a potent antioxidant. It also has diuretic side effects, making it the perfect drink for someone who is trying to lose excess water weight. Some of us also rely on coffee for its laxative properties. If you’re having those kinds of issues, be sure to have a nice hot cup as soon as you wake up each day.
Coffee is a natural appetite suppressant. A cup in the morning will go a long way towards curbing excessive food cravings. Of course know your limits and don’t go overboard either. I’m probably a lightweight, but about three cups a day is all that I can handle. As a side note, if you usually take sugar in your cup of jo, try to phase it out. Consuming sugar it is quite counterproductive to losing weight.
Drink Lots of Water
Water purifies and hydrates the system. Avoid dehydration with at least eight glasses of water daily. Water has been used for many, many years as a safe way to curb excessive food binges and also has many other weight loss benefits.
Drinking a glass or two before a meal will make you feel full faster. If you prefer juice, you could try making detox water for a healthy alternative that will also satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s super easy to do. Basically just add some cut up fruit to a mason jar full of water and store it in the fridge overnight.
Eat a Handful of Almonds
Are you looking for a healthy snack to munch on? A handful of almonds will do the trick. Almonds are a rich source of antioxidants, magnesium, and all important skin-firming Vitamin E. According to a study I read recently, this delicious treat can go a long way towards satisfying food cravings. This makes it an excellent snacks for those of us who are struggling with our weight.
You can eat almonds as they are or add them to a wide array of meals. Top your salad with almonds, and you’ll be surprised how much less of the main course you will eat.
Add More Fiber to Your Diet
Research shows that a diet rich in fiber makes us feel full faster. This is a trick that many celebrities and fitness buffs include in their daily regimen. Fiber will not only help with feeling full, but it also sweeps out waste and eases constipation. To get the most fiber our of your food, be sure to eat plenty of cereals, oatmeal, fiber-rich fruits (raspberries, bananas and mango are great) and fiber-rich vegetables (peas, patatoes, legumes, spinach, brussel sprouts if you can stomach them).
Use Garcinia Cambogia
I may be a little bias considering the success I have had with this dietary supplement, but one of Garcinia Cambogia’s many benefits is appetite control. So, when using it, you don’t feel hungry and you’re killing a few other birds with the same stone. Taking Garcinia extract is also very easy to work into your daily routine, and if you know how to buy the right product (this is super important), you can be assured that it will be entirely natural.
Sometimes the best natural appetite suppressant is not something one can ingest. I have been known to take out my nervous energies on food, and I’m sure others do too. Spending just 15 minutes a day communicating with your subconscious and focusing on your breathing can be huge. Meditation is simple too. This will likely seem like a waste of time at first, but trust me, you will be singing a different tune once you notice how much less likely you are to indulge in spur of the moment binges.
Meditating helps clear the mind of stress as well. It battles the main cause of food craving, which is restlessness.
I hope this post gave you some ideas on how to keep your appetite in check. All these methods can also be safely combined. Do you have any other favorite ways to suppress appetite? Please leave a comment below and let me know!