How to Actually Find the Best Hunger Suppressant for You

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Look. Losing weight is freakin’ hard.

You find the perfect-for-you diet. And pigs must be flying because you’re actually sticking to it.

You’re eating your veggies. Hitting your calorie goals. Doing whatever it is you do to reach that push goal you’ve set.

But your stomach just won’t let you be.

It’s the toddler tugging on your pants all day, shouting,

“Mommy, I’m hungry. Mommy? Mommmyyyyy???? MOMMMMY, I’M HUUUNGRYYY!”

I’ve heard people say, just dig deep and you’ll find the will power to push through.

Clearly they’ve never dealt with a hungry toddler or met a stomach as all-powerful as mine.

Am I right?

I mean, what is the point of hitting your goal weight if you’re miserably hungry all the time?

Hunger v. Appetite

Did you know that hunger and appetite are actually two very different things?

Yeah, me either.

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Before you can find the best hunger suppressant for you, you’ve got to ask yourself, “Am I trying to suppress a legitimate, physiological hunger or a rip-roarin’ appetite?”

This question is awesome and totally sucks.

It sucks because it’s going to require some trial and error on your part, aka time and energy.

But.

That journey is what also makes the question awesome.

Learning why you feel the way you feel, being honest with yourself, will make you stronger.

Will make you more present.

May actually just change your life {we dream big around here…}

Appetite Suppressants That Work

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This is me giddy over new lipstick. It’s the small things…

You’ve accomplished something huge and awesome.

Like rolling out of bed and making your kids breakfast {I’m not even kidding just a little bit about that being huge and awesome.}

Don’t unwrap that chocolate just yet.

Reward yourself with something that makes you feel beautiful, confident, like you deserve to be well-taken care of.

My reward vice is make-up. So I was pumped when I got to try out YSL’s new Rouge Pur Couture lipstick line.

It looks awesome on. It feels awesome on. With less than five minutes to put on my face in the morning thanks to our sweet six-week-old babe, these are perfect for the yes-I-did-put-some-effort-into-my-appearance-today look.

Onward.

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Place two fingers between the bone and tendon on your radial artery located on your wrist.

Do you have a pulse?

Then you are probably stressed.

And stress makes you fat.

How?

It says “Hey Body, Make Me Some Cortisol.”

And cortisol, like a house guest, is fantastic. But only in small doses. When cortisol outstays it’s welcome, it makes you hungry and crave sugar.

Imagine this:

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You are human. You are stressed. Stress makes you fat. So what in the ever-lovin’ are we supposed to do….

Massages are great. But scheduling one for next week is going to do nada for the anxiety you feel swallowing you up at this very moment. The little voice in you hear in your head, “Eat. More. Chip.” does not care about next week.

So. Schedule the massage. But…

Get a foam roller. Lay on top of it on your back. Give yourself a hug and slowly roll out the knots in your back and shoulders.

It will hurt like heck. You may hear popping noises. Do not be alarmed. Think of it as stress leaving your body and making space for sanity.

You will literally feel the tension exit your body.

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We all know the feeling.

You know you’re not hungry.

But your mouth is compelling you to put something in it.

Do your mouth a solid, and give it what it wants. Put something in it. I’m serious.

Just make sure that something falls into one of the following:

  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Sugar-free hard candy

My personal favorites:

  • Ice Breakers
  • Altoids

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Some times we’re just a little…off.

And that is OK. So OK, in fact.

What’s not OK? Trying to fix that off with calories.

A Chick-fil-A milkshake will not fix your depression. Chips and queso won’t take away your anxiety. And Sour Patch kids will not make you any less lonely.

But.

Getting some Vitamin D. That may do the trick.

Receptors in your brain need D to keep hunger and cravings in check, as well as to pump up levels of the mood-elevating chemical serotonin {source: Women’s Health}.

And since you’re sitting in the sun and unable to look at a screen, why not practice gratitude. Because gratitude works!

My favorite technique is to make a reminder band {fancy word for a silicone bracelet} that I wear on my wrist at all times with a phrase that brings me back to what I have to be grateful for. The one on my wrist right now says “Dream Big, Pray Big.” It reminds me of all the dreams I’ve gotten to see come to fruition and all the dreams I have for the future.

What’s the Best Hunger Suppressant for You?

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What do non-caloric liquids have to do with suppressing hunger?

Good question.

  • Peppermint Tea: It’s actually the scent of peppermint tea that helps curb hunger. The scent travels from the nose to the brain and affects the part of the hypothalamus that registers satiety {source: LiveStrong}.
  • Fruit infused water: You get to enjoy unlimited flavor combinations without the calories. Think lemon water with mint, apple cinnamon water, mango ginger water, tangerine and strawberry infused water. Water that makes your mouth water. Who knew!
  • Lemon water with cayenne pepper: Lemon juice helps balance blood sugar and cayenne pepper is a thermogenic that helps boost metabolism {it also helps with a sore throat, fyi}. I love this secret detox drink!
  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar: PubMed says vinegar suppresses appetite and increases feelings of satiety. Which is great. But this stuff isn’t exactly delicious. So how are you supposed to ingest it? Drink 1-2 teaspoons before meals 3 times a day. You can shoot it straight or mix it with water.

Best Hunger SuppressantDrink more water, blah, blah, blah, blah.

It’s been beaten into our heads.

But executing it?

Here’s a method that works for me.

Find a 1L water bottle that MUST fit the following 2 criteria:

  • You must be able to take it with you everywhere
  • It must have a straw.

Why?

If you can’t carry it everywhere, you won’t. And zee water will not be drank out of it.

And why a straw?

Drinking out of a straw takes significantly less effort than unscrewing a water bottle. And let’s be honest, if it’s not convenient, you probably won’t do it. Set yourself up for success.

Every time you empty that 1L, fill it back up. Rinse and repeat 3 more times per day. That will get you to about a gallon a day.

Best Hunger SuppressantTypically foods high in fiber make you feel full.

But it doesn’t matter if a food is supposed to make you feel full. What matters is if that food actually makes you feel full.

For example.

Peas, beans, avocados, and flaxseed. All foods high in fiber. Also foods that do nothing for my hunger levels personally.

Apples, oatmeals, and rice cakes. Also foods high in fiber that make me full. And personally I love to feel full. These are awesome as well.

If feeling full is your jam, you may want to check out Barbara Rolls’ “The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet.”

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Coffee can really give hunger the one-two punch.

It can mask hunger and fatigue.

But buyer beware.

As with any drug, it has a dark side.

If you try to break up with it, it may leave you with more headaches than a tiny human who has just discovered how to respond to every request made of them with the ever-annoying, “Why?”

I Can’t Tell You Hunger Suppressants Will Solve All Your Hunger Problems

If you’re eating at a calorie deficit, you will be hungry on occasion.

But hunger suppressants may help take the edge off.

May help you make peace with your mind and body.

May help you accomplish that new, exciting, scary goal you’ve set for yourself.

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