There is an ongoing joke between my husband and I that when there is food I am eating it. I’m definitely not pregnant (sorry mum), but I somehow always feel the need to eat.

If you’re like me at all, then this makes trying to lose or maintain weight that much harder. But the good news is that it is possible.

It all comes down to learning how to curb your appetite. Now, before we go any further it’s important to know that this should be done responsibly. If you’re a person who struggles or has struggled with eating disorders, or has an unhealthy body image, this is something you need to either skip entirely or do under strict and careful supervision.

If you feel like learning how to suppress your appetite naturally is something that could benefit you in the long run, or help to restore a more healthy way of eating, read on.

Here is a list of five great natural appetite suppressants

1. Salmon

Fillet of salmon with asparagus

Leptin, a hormone released by the body when there is a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids, helps to suppress hunger. It helps that salmon is delicious too, so you can lose weight while eating food you actually enjoy!

2. Eggs

Here’s a fun fact: a study compared two different sets of people; one group eating a bagel for breakfast and another eating eggs for breakfast, and found that the group that ate the eggs ended up consuming around 330 fewer calories than the group that ate the bagels.

Bonus: add hot sauce

Capsaicin, the plant compound in red chili peppers, is thought to help with reducing your appetite so that you eat less in later meals. Add hot sauce to your eggs for some extra appetite reducing power.

3. Sweet Potatoes

More reasons to love sweet potatoes. They contain a starch which works to resist the digestive enzymes in your body, so that they remain in your stomach for longer, and you get lasting fullness.

4. Coffee

The caffeine in coffee and the antioxidants in the beans work together to make you less hungry. The trick is to drink it in moderate amounts (think one or two cups, max) and to limit sugar, which actually makes you more hungry, and milk or cream, which add calories.

5. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate Chunks

70 is the number to remember. Eating dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa is a great way to reduce your appetite. The bitter taste of the dark chocolate is an indicator to your body to reduce your appetite, while stearic acid in the chocolate slows down digestion.

Which of these are you going to try?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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