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How To Lose Weight Without Controlling Your Appetite

How To Lose Weight Without Controlling Your Appetite

Looking for a sure-fire way to shed a few pounds? Eat less.

Okay, while this strategy might be effective, putting it into practice is admittedly harder than it sounds. There are many physiological, psychological, and social cues that can spark feelings of hunger. Trying to suppress your appetite and overcome the urge to grab a snack can quickly become exhausting and lead to disappointment.

Instead of relying on your willpower to keep your appetite under control, here is a 5-step process that will help you lose weight without focusing on how much you’re eating.

1. Boost your metabolism with a few minutes of exercise

One obvious way to counter-balance the number of calories you eat in a given day is to exercise. Research has shown that exercise can boost your metabolism by up to 37%, meaning that your body will continue burning up calories long after your exercise session has ended.

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Even better, you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to reap the benefits. Short bursts of intense activity can stimulate your metabolism even more than a full-blown workout.

Here’s one example of a 5-minute workout that will turn your body into a calorie-burning machine.

2. Start with the right appetizer before each meal

Not all appetizers are created equal, so it’s important to be clear: filling up on pre-meal garlic bread isn’t your ticket to losing weight! Instead, choose a lower-calorie appetizer, such as soup or salad, before every meal.

Eating a healthy appetizer will help you feel more full when it comes time to chow down on the main course. Main dishes often consist of higher-calorie foods, which is why starting with a lighter soup or salad has been shown to reduce the total calories consumed at a meal by 12% or more.

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3. Include at least one super-filling food

Some foods are very satiating, meaning that they fill you up faster and keep you feeling full for longer than other foods you might choose. The most satiating foods are generally those that are high in water content, high in fibre, or are loaded with protein.

In order to keep your hunger in check, it’s important to make sure your meals include at least one satiating food. See the infographic below to find foods that will satisfy your hunger without leading to a subsequent sugar crash.

Satiating Foods

    4. Slow down by chewing more

    Many people overeat simply because they eat too quickly. It is important to give your brain time to recognize how much and what type of food you’ve just eaten so that it can regulate the hunger you feel.

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    One very simple way to slow down your meals is by chewing more. Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow:

    “Drink your food and chew your drinks.” — Lorene Sauro, Holistic Nutritionist

    This is suggesting that you should chew your food so much that it is liquified in your mouth. This will require more chewing for certain foods (e.g. meat) and less for others (e.g. pasta). As for the suggestion to “chew your drinks”…

    5. Avoid consuming liquid calories

    Drinking sugary drinks like soda, alcohol, or even fruit juice is a guaranteed way to rack up calories without ever feeling very satisfied. That’s why these high-sugar calorie sources are sometimes called “stealth calories” — they add up quickly without you even realizing it.

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    To effortlessly keep your appetite in check, refer back to our rule of thumb: “Drink your food and chew your drinks.”

    Drinks that have substance, such as smoothies or pulpy vegetable juices, are excellent for weight management because they are often high in fibre. Unlike fruit juices, which are processed to have the most fibrous part of the fruit removed, a “chewable” drink includes whole fruits and vegetables. Here’s one to try today:

    Featured photo credit: Yummy/Alessandro Valli via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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