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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 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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