Steps You Can Take To Reduce Appetite
There often comes a time when we feel a need to reduce appetite, usually with weight loss in mind. Before stating on any particular program, it's very important to know just why you're planning to reduce appetite and to what degree you feel you need to do so.
Having an appetite is simply our body's way of reminding us to provide it with the fuel and nutrition it requires, although if we allow it, the body can become somewhat spoiled, get in the habit of asking for too much, or too much of the wrong things.
One can of course take pill or supplements which are designed to reduce appetite to some degree, but it seems safer to go about it in a more natural way, and not be held hostage to pills, tablets, capsules, or advertising hype. Some methods used to reduce appetite can of course be downright dangerous.
Fiber - The best way to reduce appetite is choosing foods which make that happen, but at the same time provide the nutrition your body requires. This approach just seems to make more sense than relying on pills. As a first step, you can load up on high-fiber foods. Loading up doesn't mean sticking to a diet of high fiber foods only, but making certain that with every meal you are eating at least one food item rich in fiber. In addition to being very healthy as far as the digestive process is concerned, fiber tends to make us feel satiated or full more quickly, such that we become satisfied even when eating smaller portions.
Lots Of Low Calorie Food - Salads - Another approach is to eat more low calorie foods in greater quantities. While three meals a day consisting of lettuce may not sound all that appealing, and quickly would become boring, the idea is there. A steady diet of lettuce isn't necessary, but one or two meals a day which include a rather large salad, or a single meal consisting only of a low calorie salad, can cause pounds to drop off much more quickly than just cutting back a bit on the meat and potatoes.
Small Portions - Smaller portions help reduce appetite as well, though the first impulse might be to think smaller portions would simply make you want to eat more. If you chose what goes into a meal carefully, not forgetting the fiber, you'll soon discover that a smaller portion seems to be enough. While smaller portions contain fewer calories, what you're really doing is playing mind games with yourself, mind games which can be very effective in conditioning yourself to fall into the habit of eating smaller portions.
Water - Did we mention water? Water can fill you up and contains zero calories. The effect won't last as long as that caused by ingesting fiber, but drinking a glass or two of water both before and during a meal can make you feel full more quickly, so you'll eat less. When it comes to reducing appetite, water is much cheaper than any pill you can find on the market, and often just as effective.
Soup - Soup is a good choice as well. Most soups tend to be filling, and usually don't contain a whole lot of calories. There's something about a soup and salad lunch that appeals to almost all of us, and getting into the habit of serving soups as well as salads on a regular basis can is good with any appetite reduction plan, while giving you the all nutrition you need.
When you think about it, designing your meals to help reduce appetite is in almost every way better for you than relying on artificial means, which is to say pills. You might as well enjoy life by eating food that tastes good, drinking plenty of water in the process, and experience the pleasure of feeling full and content following what otherwise might be considered a fairly small meal. The “secret”: Soup, salad, fiber, and water.