Friday, July 16, 2010

Tricks to Suppress Your Appetite

Came across a recent MSNBC article featuring appetite-suppressing tricks. Oh, if only it were that simple! For some reason, my tummy doesn't want to listen to my head when hungry - or is it the other way around? Anyhoo, I'm willing to give a few of these a shot, so I'm including a few (but not all) of the highlights:

Rise and shine with protein. Nutritionists are always raving about lean protein, and for good reason: It keeps you fuller than other nutrients and takes your body more time to digest and absorb. But what you may not realize is that when you eat it also matters. A Purdue University study found that eating lean protein (such as Canadian bacon, egg whites, or low-fat yogurt) at breakfast keeps you satisfied longer than if you were to consume it at other times of the day.

Chow on potatoes. The no-carb craze made spuds out to be dietary villains, but these starches actually have appetite-slaying superpowers. They contain a special type of starch that resists digestive enzymes. Because potatoes take a while to break down, they stay in your intestine longer, delaying the onset of hunger pangs. Have a baked potato with dinner (a medium spud is only about 100 calories) or better yet, try potato salad made with vinegar instead of fattening mayo; chilling cooked potatoes increases their hunger-busting abilities.

Gobble up grapefruit. In a study at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, people who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost an average of 3.6 pounds in three months. According to Ken Fujioka, M.D., the study's principal researcher, these yellow-orange orbs lower your postmeal levels of insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar and fat metabolism.

Chew on this. A University of Rhode Island study found that people who chewed gum for one hour in the morning consumed 67 fewer calories at lunch and didn't compensate by eating more later in the day.

Take a whiff. Smelling food can trick your brain into thinking you've eaten. One study found that people who inhaled a peppermint scent every two hours ate 2,700 fewer calories per week than they normally did — that's nearly a one-pound loss! Banana, green apple, and vanilla had similar effects in other studies. And the more often you sniff these aromas, the more weight you'll lose, say experts.

Well, color me interested. Guess I'll give it a trial run and stick a vanilla candle next to my computer (and bed at home), keep a pack of gum in my bag at all times and carry around grapefruit for a few weeks. What say you? Think these will prove effective? Here's hoping!

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