(If you don’t know where that quote is from it’s this and it’s hilarious. If you don’t know what this post will be about it’s appetite suppressants and it attempts to be hilarious.)
I’m not sure if it is the comfort of family bonding or just the comfort of an elastic waistband being incorporated into the daily ensemble of a bulky Christmas sweater and leggings, but there is something about the holidays that just makes you eat. And eat. Oh, and sit on the couch. Then eat some more.
“These are my Thanksgiving pants!”
But let’s be real, throughout December that sort of rocks. The real problem comes in January, when you find that your typical spinach salad for lunch just doesn’t do the trick without the added bonus of a loaf of bread. And cookies. And hot chocolate. And…I’ll stop myself. This is because your waistband wasn’t the only thing with elasticity over the holidays, your stomach stretched out too. I know, right? Damnit.
So let’s fix this and get you back on track to your normal eating habits. First, put down the cupcake. Now, replace each of your daily guilty snacks with a food from this list of natural appetite suppressants, because you’re not helping anyone when you tell yourself you’re stuffed after that cup of lettuce. (We both know you’re only going to inhale your body weight in M&Ms when you get home.) These foods will keep you actually full all day, and even decrease your cravings for unhealthy foods when you’re not even hungry.
The result of a light lunch?
- Almonds. These are my personal favorite, even just a handful of them keeps me full through an entire day of class, not to mention all the antioxidants, vitamin E, and magnesium they’ve got.
- Salmon. Fishes that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon) increase the amount of a hormone called leptin in your body, which suppresses hunger signals to the brain. Tuna and herring are also really high in Omega-3, if salmon isn’t your thing.
- Coffee. As long as you don’t load it up with cream and sugars, the caffeine in moderate amounts of coffee suppresses your appetite (but if you are just jittery, you drank too much).
- Avocado. ‘Cados are tricky business. They can actually send false signals to your brain that your body is full when it isn’t. Careful though, they are high in monosaturated fat (the good kind), but fat is still fat, and should only be eaten in moderation.
- Apples. Apples are full of fiber and pectin, which help you feel full. Also, they take a while to chew and restrict you to one bite at a time, so it gives your body time to feel full while still eating.
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal may be high in carbs, but they are slow-digesting carbs and contain a special hormone called ghrelin that keeps your body feeling full.
- Eggs. People that eat eggs for breakfast eat 330 less calories on average than those who eat bagels and feel more full throughout an entire day.
- Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes contain a special type of starch that resists your body’s digestive enzymes, allowing them to stay in your stomach longer, keeping you full.
- Dark Chocolate. This one is great for when you have sweet cravings. Steric acid in over 70% cocoa chocolate slows digestion and the bitter taste sends signals to your brain to think you’re full (like avocados do).
- Water. No, it is not food, I’m aware. But, drinking glasses of water throughout the day in between meals lowers your appetite when it comes time to eat.