Appetite is both a psychological and physical phenomenon. Sometimes we eat when we're bored, stressed, or just because it's "time" to eat, even though we're not feeling hungry. Making simple alterations to our diet and lifestyle can greatly impact our body and long term health.
1) Don’t skip Breakfast: Skipping breakfast or having an unhealthy breakfast will make you lethargic through the day. Your body needs food to run efficiently and depriving it of breakfast will eventually lead to health problems. Always start your day with a healthy breakfast.
2) Keep yourself hydrated: Drinking water is good for general health. Water is also known to fill you up and keep you from overeating. Dehydration or not drinking enough water can be responsible for slowing down your metabolism. Drink
at least 8-10 glasses of water to help remove toxins from your body and boost your metabolism naturally.
3) Exercise is important: Exercise helps curb your cravings and lose weight in a healthy way. It increases energy expenditure, burns calories, adjusts the signals of satiety and reduces food intake.
4) Balanced meals: A healthy and balanced diet will control your appetite and provide you with all the essential nutrients. When our body receives all the essential nutrients, it will functionally optimally and will keep us from over eating.
5) Snack healthy: Having snacks in between your 3 big meals also help curb your appetite. Select healthy snacks with complex carbohydrates or healthy fats. For eg., you can choose between roasted channa, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, etc. These keep you full for a longer time.
6) Eat slowly with controlled portion: Controlling your portion size is a key to weight control. Always be a smart selector when filling up your plate. Eat in small plates, chew slowly and stop eating once you feel full.
7) Get enough sleep: A shortage of sleep lowers levels of leptin in the body, leading to poor control over diet and unnecessary cravings. A minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep is necessary every day. It can keep a control on your appetite.