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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Drinking More Water Can Curb Your Appetite

There is a big difference between hunger and appetite. Hunger is actual discomfort caused by the body's need for food. Appetite is an intense desire or craving for a particular food. Hunger needs to be addressed by eating; a body cannot go without food. But appetite is a matter of discipline. Most cravings are for foods or snacks that are not good for us. Appetite is what usually gets us in trouble with maintaining a healthy weight. So, how does one manage the cravings?

One way is by eating healthy and regularly; this will help avoid cravings from occurring. In most cases, filling your stomach with good, healthy food will decrease the cravings. Another way to manage cravings is to eat foods that will restrain the appetite. This will result in a decreased desire to eat and help control weight gain.

Water is the most effective way to suppress the appetite. It's a fact that people who drink water before a meal will consume fewer calories when eating.

Apples are not only healthy but also contain fiber that gives you that full feeling. Eating an apple in between meals will help suppress the appetite. Apples are also a good source of energy.

Almonds are rich in vitamin E and magnesium as well as antioxidants. They also provide a feeling of fullness which is a great appetite suppressant.

Avocados are full of fiber and monounsaturated fat (the good fat) and will also produce a feeling of fullness

Dark chocolate (not milk chocolate), eaten slowly, lowers cravings by the bitterness of the dark chocolate that actually sends signals to the body to decrease your appetite.

Other foods that can be eaten at meals which satisfies and curbs the appetite include beans, cayenne pepper, eggs, celery and a cup of low-calorie soup with dinner.
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