Eight Great Tips for Battling Hunger
Losing weight can be tough, especially when you're hounded by hunger pangs. Metabolic Research Center offers these eight great tips for effectively battling your urge to overeat.
- Enjoy eggs for breakfast: A recent study by Michigan's Rochester Center for Obesity Research showed that eating a healthy, egg-based breakfast can help you reduce your daily caloric intake by more than 400 calories.
- Hydrate: What's mistaken for hunger often turns out to be thirst. Drink a glass of water before giving into a snack and before each meal and you'll likely find your urge to eat lessens or goes away altogether.
- Spice it up: Foods with spicy aromas like cayenne pepper, chili powder, turmeric, curry or ginger send "I'm full" signals to the brain and boost metabolism.
- Boost your protein intake: Research by the University of Wollongon in Australia showed that eating two to three ounces of protein triggered a 25-percent spike in energy and a 32-percent boost in fat metabolism that kept going up to four hours.
- Get moving: According to a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, any form of aerobic exercise helps to better regulate appetite. A brisk walk before each meal should do the trick.
- Snack strategically: If your snack craving is just too much, opt for a healthy, filling treat with fewer than 100 calories. Top options are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lowfat dairy products.
- Take it slow: A 2009 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that eating slowly helps you to feel fuller, reducing the chances you'll binge.
- Chew on it: Research from the University of Rhode Island showed that people who chewed gum consumed 68 fewer calories at lunchtime and didn't compensate by eating more later in the day.
For more guidance in effectively managing hunger, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss specialist.
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