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Tips to suppress appetite?

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  • akf2000
    akf2000 Posts: 278 Member
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    I agree with @diannethegeek on everything she said. One of the biggest things for me has been making sure that I "spend" my calories wisely. Eat foods that give you more "filling" (protein, fat, fiber, simple mass) for your calorie buck. I was having yogurt and a banana for breakfast (210 calories), and I switched to having 2 slices of bacon, 1 fried egg, and a half serving of grits (255 calories). Still a sensible breakfast, but FAR more filling. That and cutting out this really rich cheese I was having at lunch, in favor of a larger piece of chicken, has made huge differences. I'm no longer starving by dinner time, and when I am a little hungry mid-day, it's easily satiated by a 100 calorie bag of popcorn.

    The other thing is that I had to learn to listen to my body's cues. I used to often ignore the "full" feeling, and keep eating just because my food tasted good. Doing that stretches your stomach out, and it takes more to feel full. When you start eating reasonable amounts of food, there's an adjustment period while your body gets used to it, but after that it really helps to listen when your stomach says it's full and STOP EATING.

    There was a BBC documentary last week called 'The truth about healthy eating', and they found that a cooked breakfast kept you feeling fuller for longer and was you'd be less likely to snack. Very interesting docu:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGBGnLfAnzY
  • abatonfan
    abatonfan Posts: 1,120 Member
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    Appetite or cravings? For appetite, I always found that a hard exercise session (personally, running), stress, and working with disgusting things (vomit, urine, feces, necrotic tissue, intense and foul smells... I'm a nursing student) to be huge appetite killers. For cravings (or when I am hungry but am holding off until my next scheduled meal/snack because I know that having a snack now will kill my appetite later), I like warm drinks (coffee, tea), carbonated drinks, sugar free jello, and distractions (I will often walk around the kitchen island while reading a book to kill time and get some extra calories).
  • protoplasmica
    protoplasmica Posts: 12 Member
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    I find eating a whole avocado for breakfast with a tsp spoon of olive oil at 5am sets me up nicely until lunch at approx 2pm. Lunch is whole/real sources of protein ie chicken breast, smoked salmon, tofu, or a big raw salad with nuts and absolutely no grains (I get tired if I eat them for lunch). I then eat a bit of whatever I fancy for dinner.

    I also drink a lot during the day.
  • kommodevaran
    kommodevaran Posts: 17,890 Member
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    Noel_57 wrote: »
    I also drink a lot during the day.
    Have you tried AA? :o

    I thought I was the only one that got that thought :open_mouth:
  • protoplasmica
    protoplasmica Posts: 12 Member
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    Haha I meant water!