If you find yourself hungry after you’ve just finished a sumptuous meal or a satisfying snack, you’re not alone. Lots of us are hit with these puzzling cravings.
Most likely you’re experiencing the effects of food ingredients that can actually cause you not to recognize that you’re full. These ingredients create a “rebound hunger” that can increase the inches at your waistline and become a challenge to your good health if you don’t resist.
7 easy ways to slash food cravings
Following are a 7 simple tips that can help you avoid rebound hunger…
1. Don’t Overdo On The Sodas:
About two-thirds of America’s yearly consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is through sodas, iced teas and other sweetened drinks. University of California at San Francisco researchers show that HFCS can trick your mind into craving food by impairing your body’s ability to use leptin, the “satiation hormone” that lets you know when you’ve had enough to eat.
2. Don’t Eat Out Of A Can:
According to Harvard University researchers, bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in large amounts in many canned foods, can cause leptin levels to surge which can lead to obesity and food cravings.
3. Don’t Overlook A Hearty Breakfast:
Researchers found that healthy people who ate 500 calories or more for breakfast gained only half as much weight as those who ate 300 calories.
Eating a LARGER breakfast causes smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin during the day which translates into a fewer number of sudden food cravings. Try some good health protein such as eggs.
4. Don’t Leave Off The Salad:
Eating leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, spinach, collard greens and radicchio provides your body with B-vitamin folate that helps protect against depression, fatigue and weight gain, as well as vitamin K which helps regulate insulin and suppress cravings.
5. Don’t Skip Tea Time:
In a study reported in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, drinking one cup of black tea after eating foods high in carbs can cut your blood sugar level by 10 percent for 2 ½ hours after a meal.
Most likely the polyphenolic compounds in black tea can be given credit for subduing your rebound hunger.
6. Don’t Become Dehydrated:
Sometimes dehydration feels like hunger so if you’ve just finished eating but are still hungry, drink a glass of water before eating more and see if your hunger goes away.
7. Don’t Eat Out Of Boredom:
At Flinders University in Australia a research study has shown that you can successfully curb cravings by using visual distractions. For example, picture in your mind a tempting food and if you’re really hungry, that food will be quite appealing. But if it’s not, you probably need a distraction from boredom instead of more food.
Support good digestion with supplements
While it’s true that watching for these pitfalls can help keep you from eating too much and packing on those extra pounds and unwanted inches, you must also keep in mind that your stomach needs plenty of hydrochloric acid (HCl)—the good stomach acid, good digestive enzymes such as amylase, protease and lipase and a quality probiotic to properly digest the foods you do eat and ensure that you’re getting the maximum amount of nutrients from those foods.
By following these tips, you can achieve digestive comfort… satisfaction…and ultimately better health.
Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.
Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America's #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal.
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