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Appetite Suppressant Strategies

By Carole Anne Tomlinson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Suppressing the appetite is never easy. The holiday dinners come too many times throughout the year. The excuse is that the person will quit after the holidays are over. Then the next holiday occurs. Suppressing the appetite can be done in healthy ways other than buying diet pills over the counter, which may cause problems with protein imbalances and heart arrhythmias. Many people emotionally eat and need to find ways to stop the behavior healthily, MayoClinic.com suggests.

Water and Meal Time

Drinking two glasses of water five minutes before mealtime will fill the stomach and slow the urge to eat. The person will eat less at mealtime because her stomach already is feeling full from drinking water. The human body is composed of more than 60 percent of water and thirsts for water many times during the day. The body needs water to function at its highest metabolic rate.

Exercising Before Mealtime

Taking a brisk walk in the afternoon can curb the appetite when dinner time arrives. This is especially important at the end of the day when the body slows down its metabolic rate for sleep. Working up a good sweat followed by a liquid beverage will curb the appetite, causing the person to eat less at his meal.

Smaller Meals

Eating smaller but more meals will help the body to curb its appetite for increased food. Eating less and at more intervals allows the body to digest food properly and easily. Eating a large meal causes the body to have difficulty secreting insulin and bile to break down the food and sugar that has been consumed, Johns Hopkins University indicates. Smaller low-fat meals will help the digestive process to occur in the body more easily. The heart will benefit from a smaller meal because a larger quantity is more difficult for the person’s body. It can tax the heart and can cause shortness of breath in some people.

Lemon Water

Lemons actually curb the appetite as well as boost the body’s metabolism. Pineapple is also good for digestion and the metabolic rate. A snack of pineapple followed by some lemons squeezed in ice water will help the person to avoid binge eating between meals. Many people emotionally eat and find it difficult to change their lifestyles, MayoClinic.com indicates. By having lemon-water and some pineapple available, the person will be able to sustain herself until the next small meal is due.

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