Stuffed from eating too many holiday goodies? Dial down your appetite with these foods and eating habits known to suppress your appetite, according to YouBeauty.com.
1. An Apple A Day
Apples and citrus fruits such as grapefruits, oranges and lemons are rich in fiber, which helps your stomach feel full. Try apple slices with peanut butter for a snack that will tide you over until dinner.
2. The Right Carbs
Foods like beans, lentils, green bananas and cold potatoes (yes, cold) are rich in resistant starch, a carbohydrate that goes undigested and is stored in the large intestine. The process releases an acid that makes the body use stored fat for energy. They also keep you full for about an hour after eating.
3. Splash On Some Vinegar
Add a couple tablespoons of vinegar to a meal high in carbohydrates to thwart hunger between meals. The acetic acid in vinegar lowers the glycemic index of carbs, which will keep them from spiking your blood sugar and cut down on snacking and cravings.
4. Get Your Dark Chocolate Fix
Dark chocolate and cocoa puts a kibosh on emotional food cravings with the feel-good endorphins it releases in your brain. In one study, women who ate or even smelled chocolate reported feeling less hungry.
5. Spice Up Your Diet
The burn of red hot chili peppers can dampen your appetite, but won't help if you regularly eat spicy food and are now immune to their fiery properties. Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, may boost your metabolism slightly but won't magically melt fat away either.
6. Bulk Up
The trick to feeling full while eating less is to make your brain think you ate a big meal. Eat foods that take up a lot of room on your plate and are high in water content like broth-based soups, salads, fruits and vegetables. Eat them first, before your main meal.
7. Get (Pine) Nutty
Pinolenic acid, the heart-healthy oil in pine nuts, stimulates the release of a hormone that suppresses the appetite and slows down how quickly food leaves your stomach. But only eat a handful a day. They're also high in fat and calories.
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