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Many people mistake feelings of stress, sadness, or boredom for hunger, and end up consistently overeating. For this reason, it is a good idea to practice appetite control, and remember some tips for eating a healthy diet. Though of course there are many supplements that promise to control the appetite and eliminate hunger, these may not always be safe and effective, so it may be best to practice appetite control in a more natural way.
One of the best methods of appetite control is simply to eat regular meals, and to never skip a meal, especially breakfast. Beginning every day with a healthy breakfast that includes protein helps to boost the metabolism and make one feel fuller throughout the day. Some people find that eating a number of smaller meals throughout the day helps them to control their appetite better than eating three large meals; this is a matter of personal preference, however.
At each meal, try to get some sources of lean protein and fiber, all of which help with appetite control. Leafy green vegetables are especially beneficial, but any vegetables are a great choice. When choosing snacks, select filling snacks such as vegetables, nuts, or yogurt; avoid processed foods or foods that are high in sugar, fats, and simple carbohydrates such as sweets, white breads, and chips, to name a few.
In addition, it is important to stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day, which may help to control appetite. Avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks, which are full of empty calories. Some people find that green tea acts as a natural appetite suppressant as well. In addition to the the types of foods eaten, the way one eats is important as well. Experts often recommend trying to eat more slowly at meals, putting the fork down in between bites, and listening to the body's cues that it is getting full.
Some people find that they can practice appetite control by eating an apple and drinking a glass of water shortly before a meal. This helps one to feel full, therefore eating less food at the main meal. When eating in restaurants, some try to consciously leave a third of the food on their plates, to wrap up and save for another meal. Finally, keep in mind that getting enough sleep is one of the most important methods of appetite control and overall health; experts recommend six to eight hours every night.