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Ways to suppress your appetite naturally

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Many people wonder what can be the best way to decrease their appetite, and have no doubt true a lot of diet pills and potions. However, besides the side effects caused by them, most of these pills only work for a few days before they stop producing the desired results.

Personally I love food, but I also have a strong control over my appetite. I have tried over the years a few successful means of suppressing my appetite, without the aid of any diet pill. It worked for me and it should work for you as well.

Below are some of the ways that have helped me suppress my appetite, naturally and effectively:

Tea and Camomile: Those are the best appetite suppressants that worked for me. Usually I try not to eat anything after my dinner which is usually between 8 and 9pm. So a better alternative to foods is camomile at night.

I keep tea (mainly green) for the afternoon because of the caffeine content which will not help me to sleep at night. I sweeten it with a pack of Splenda

The best thing about hot tea is that it works well with almost every diet, and has no calories.

Water: Water is a great natural appetite suppressant. My all time advice for everyone is to drink two glasses before each meal, especially in the morning before having breakfast.

Well this is usually what I do everyday. It decreases my appetite before each meal. Your body does not ask for water unless you are completely dehydrated. So it always mixes up between being thirsty or hungry. Try that tip, it works.

Working out: For some people exercise is just a way to burn calories and eventually lose weight. But when you workout, your body releases natural endorphins that suppress your appetite while exercising.

Proteins: Proteins take a long time to be digested and do not affect your blood sugar in the way that carbohydrates do. I am not telling you to shift to a protein diet, you can have a pure protein breakfast for example if you have a long day and you will feel full.

Personally, whenever I have a long day, I try to take for breakfast some cheese and lettuce, boiled eggs with vegetables, with a cup of skim milk. The protein will keep me satisfied longer.

Vegetables: I always tell my clients to eat their salads before their main meals, not within or after. Why? If you eat a salad with a low fat dressing at the start of every meal you will become full faster. It keeps you from eating a lot of calories at a meal as you normally would. It is low in fat, high in fiber (which gives you the satiety feeling). Chew your food well. Sometimes the simple motion of chewing can trick your brain into feeling full.

Coffee: Coffee is a natural appetite suppressant as well as a diuretic. Hot or cold, coffee is a great way to curb your appetite in the morning or afternoon. But be careful not to add cream to it. Just have it black.

Popcorn: Unlike most people I think, popcorn is a very healthy snack. It is very rich in fiber which keeps you feeling full longer. It might make you feel bloated but that is just due to its high fiber content. So whenever you feel a bit hungry, a cup of popped popcorn can be the solution.

Increase your metabolism and curb your appetite naturally.

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