Many diets fail for the simple reason of hunger. There are things you can do to help control the appetite boosting hormone that triggers your brain to encourage eating.
- One of the best things you can do is aerobic exercise. Research shows that aerobic exercise, such as a brisk walk, can curb your appetite for about two hours. Strength training helps too, just not quite as much as aerobic exercise.
- Eat foods that are low fat and rich in protein. They help to suppress that hunger hormone.
- Make sure you eat protein at breakfast. One study found eating protein in the morning controls hunger longer than eating it at any other time of day.
- Watch your stress level. The body makes more of the hunger hormone in response to stress. That's why you crave foods high in carbs and fat.