Saturday, October 23, 2010

How To Control Your Hunger Hormone

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.

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