How To: Curb your appetite naturally

Curb your appetite naturally

It's hard to lose weight if you're always hungry. Reduce food cravings naturally with these tips. Watch this video to learn how to curb your appetite naturally.

You Will Need

* Peppermint oil
* Eight hours sleep per night
* A high-fiber diet
* Aerobic exercise
* Foods that fill you up
* Chewing gum
* 15-minute walks
* Crunchy foods

Step 1. Sniff peppermint

Take a whiff of peppermint before mealtime. Study participants who did ate nearly 3,000 fewer total calories from fat and sugar each week, reporting that their hunger level decreased dramatically after inhaling the scent.

Step 2. Get more sleep

Aim for eight hours sleep nightly. People who get that many ZZZZs have higher levels of the hormone leptin, an appetite suppressant. Conversely, people who are sleep-deprived have higher levels of the hormone ghrelin, which tells the brain that you're hungry.

Step 3. Think while you eat

Try "mindful eating," which means that eating slowly and considering after every bite whether or not you're still hungry.

Step 4. Eat more fiber

Eat more fiber; it keeps you full longer. In one study, participants who ate an extra 14 grams of fiber per day consumed 10 percent fewer daily calories than those on the lower-fiber plan.

Step 5. Work out

Do some aerobic exercise. People who do develop higher levels of a blood protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is believed to suppress appetite.

Taking a 15-minute walk helps reduce chocolate cravings, according to one study.

Step 6. Eat filling foods

Eat foods that fill you up faster and keep you full longer.

Step 7. Chew gum after lunch

Have a stick of gum after meals. In one study, people who chewed gum after lunch ate fewer afternoon snacks and had fewer cravings for sweets than people who didn't.

FACT: Food cravings and the craving for drugs that an addict feels come from the same part of the brain.

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