How To Control Your Appetite
Do you have friends or family members that have been able to keep a strong and Slim shape their entire life? This might have you wondering what they really doing differently than you.
Well, in some cases they could have a more effective metabolism, but I would be willing to bet that most of these friends have a much better control over their appetite.
When it comes to weight loss there really is no better avenue for success than having a complete control over your appetite.
Dieting is, after all, your best ability to control the number of calories you can consume on a daily basis. Having the ability to listen to your body and provide it with the perfect amount – just enough that it can function is very essential in losing weight, and more importantly – keeping it off.
In this easy-to-follow guide, we are going to break down the most effective ways you can ensure that you are losing weight and controlling your appetite.
1. Eat Whole Foods
Far too many people look past the very obvious benefits of eating real food. By real food, we mean foods that are not processed and cannot be purchased at your local fast-food joint. In most cases, this means eating foods like fruit, vegetables, lean meats, legumes – etc.
Maintaining a diet that is rich in whole foods has some pretty clear benefits. To start, you will have a might higher level of fibre in your diet which is useful in limiting carbohydrate digestion and is a very effective tool for weight management and inflammation reduction.
Eating whole foods will also provide your body with a much more comprehensive touch on micronutrient spectrums. By this, we mean whole foods contain much more vitamins and minerals than processed foods. These vitamins and minerals will help to balance hormones and allow for the best possible metabolism – both essential in weight loss and general health.
2. Practice SOME Fasting
The idea of fasting for better body composition isn’t a new idea. Various populations all across the world have been fasting for many reasons to achieve different states of being, including for weight loss.
You see, fasting helps you to better control your hunger hormones.
If you are constantly feeding your body everytime you feel the slightest urge of hunger, or if you just eat a normal time each day without considering your hunger – you could be messing around with your bodies hunger hormones – ghrelin and leptin.
These two hormones work together to assist you in feeling hungry and satisfied. Fasting can help you to better handle hunger and train these hormones to only active when it is truly needed – not just when you have a sugar craving.
For those that are struggling with a fasting style of diet and find that they are constantly hungry and agitated could find much resolve in a method known as Fasting Mimicking Diet.
This style of diet was popularized by Doctor Valter Longo – who is a long-standing advocate of the Mediterranean and plant-based diet.
This diet fasting will only take place for around 4-5 days a month and has shown great promise in control of appetite, and reduction of chronic disease.
Conversely, If you want to try fasting I would also personally suggest trying more of a Ramadan-style fast where you eat very early in the day and very late in the evening.
This is a type of fasting that people have been doing for a very long time but has been overshadowed by modern styles in the past couple of years.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of any weight loss plan. Way too many people focus on the food they eat (which is important) but forget about the amount of water and other liquids they should be drinking on a daily basis.
Drinking plenty of water will not only help to ensure you have strong and healthy muscles, but it can also help to make you feel full.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the most effective methods that dieticians will utilize in order to ensure you are feeling full before you actually eat.
In fact, if you are looking for the best way to manage your calories, drinking water prior to a meal is one of the best methods. Many athletes who are engaging in cardio activities or weight training should understand that they will lose lots of water while they are exercising. Fortunately, the solution is pretty simple – all the lost water you have as a result of exercise should be taken back in after a workout.
4. Exercise When You Are Hungry
Fasted training is a very simple way to help teach your body to better deal with nutrient needs. For example – if you ate a couple slices of bread prior to a workout you would have much more energy than someone who didn’t – simply because the carbohydrates in the bread would go to work as muscle glycogen to fuel muscle.
Unfortunately, this method does not take into account the number of excess calories you are consuming, and that you are virtually teaching your body to only use the fuel it is given – and none that have been stored (unless completely necessary).
This is one of the main reasons why many people will look to use a type of fasting before they workout.
Engaging in exercise while in a fast will teach your body to draw on stored nutrients as fuel and can better help you to control your hunger levels.
With that said, fasted workouts should only be completed 3-4x/month depending on your goals.
If you are completely focussed on achieving a stronger frame than there is no need to fast – but those who are looking for the most effective way to ensure they can control their appetite – look to a fasted workout for optimal results.
How to Control Your Appetite
It really doesn’t matter how many new diets you try or how much you think you are consuming the right foods. When it comes to controlling your appetite there will be some methods – like the ones above that work very well, and some methods like using a supplement that provide a highly specific touch.
Using a supplement like PhenQ can help to naturally reduce your appetite. This supplement works to limit the production of your hunger hormones – to help you feel more full and satisfied for longer – even if you didn’t eat as much as you normally would.
This, in turn, can help you to limit excessive caloric consumption and can greatly assist you in weight loss, fat loss and the overall control of your appetite.
Be sure to keep all of these concepts in mind and understand that no two people are the same. You might need to try a combination of methods, workout styles and even specific supplements to find what works best for you.
At the end of the day, just remember – controlling your calories is an important step in your overall success in weight loss, fat loss and even muscle gain.
Gabriello is a writer and strength expert best known for his science-based and practical approach to Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Strength. After serving in a directors position for The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Gabriello moved towards writing to help more people understand the importance of living a healthy life. Gabriello’s writings have been published in several languages on some of the largest health and fitness websites helping people learn, grow and understand the complex components of optimizing human performance in a simplistic way.
Gabriello also takes on specialized, high-performance athletes who are in need of strength, mobility and conditioning programming to optimize their fitness through his Earned Fitness program.
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