Eight Great Ways to Battle Hunger
When trying to lose weight, hunger pangs can seem an ever-present nemesis, threatening to torpedo your efforts to shed pounds. Metabolic Research Center offers these eight great tips for keeping hunger at bay.
- Eat eggs for breakfast: A recent study shows that eating a healthy, egg-based breakfast can help you reduce your daily caloric intake by more than 400 calories.
- Stay hydrated: What's mistaken for hunger often actually is thirst. Down 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: Spicy aromas like cayenne pepper, chili powder, turmeric, curry or ginger send "I'm full" signals to the brain and boost metabolism.
- Pack on the protein: A study by the University of Wollongon in Australia showed that eating two to three ounces of protein triggered a 25-percent spike in energy, increasing fat metabolism 32 percent and lasting 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 treat that provides fewer than 100 calories. Top options are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lowfat dairy products.
- Slow it down: A 2009 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that eating slowly helps you to feel fuller faster, reducing the chances you'll binge.
- Chew gum: Research from the University of Rhode Island showed that people who chewed gum consumed 68 fewer calories at lunch and did not compensate by eating more later in the day.
For more tips on effectively managing hunger, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss specialist.
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