Posted by Dr. Sania Siddiqui on March 29, 2010
Not heavy gyming or strenuous exercises, instead look into your kitchen shelf to curb appetite in a healthy way and lose weight.

Some regular food items, found in every kitchen can help you fight hunger pangs, suppress your sweet addiction, and boost metabolism, ultimately shedding several pounds.

Dig into your kitchen and get the following 10 food items ready to curb hunger pangs and feel fuller without eating much.

1. Salad
Salads have always been a great substitute for heavy, oily meals. Having salad before meals helps in filling up the empty stomach with its sheer volume.

Apart from the filling effect and having a low calorie content, green salads are loaded with vitamins C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and carotenoids.

But make sure to avoid creamy dressings, else you will end up having more calories rather than cutting down on them.

2. Green Tea
The slimming property of green tea is in an antioxidant (catechins) found in it. This antioxidant speeds up the metabolism and burns fat.

Some studies have shown that people who drank green tea regularly have lowered their LDL (bad) cholesterol.

3. Eggs
Eggs come handy for consuming quick and easy protein and are considered one of the most powerful appetite suppressing foods.

According to several studies, eating eggs at breakfast time diminishes the feeling of hunger during the day. This is because the protein in eggs prevents spikes in blood sugar, which leads to food cravings.

4. Beans
Eating beans is an easy way of shedding pounds. Beans contain a natural digestive hormone called cholecystokinin. This hormone is also a natural appetite suppressant.

Hence, a meal containing beans stays in stomach for a much longer time than other food items.

5. Vinegar
Acetic acid in the vinegar slows down the passage of food from the stomach into the small intestine. This makes the tummy feel fuller for a longer duration.

Vinegar also lowers the blood-sugar rise that occurs after a meal of refined carbs such as white bread, cookies, and crackers. So, next time you eat bread, don’t forget to dip it in vinegar for a lasting effect.

6. Hot Red Pepper
It might sound “too hot to handle”, but eating spicy chili regularly can help you lose weight.

When you eat hot pepper, it increases the amount of heat that the body produces during the process of digestion. Because of this body's oxygen consumption also rises. This leads to the burning of extra calories by the body.

7. Cinnamon
It is a “wonder spice”. A little cinnamon can help control post-meal insulin spikes, making us feel less hungry.

A study at United States Department of Agriculture showed that a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day lowered the blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

8. Grapefruit
According to a study at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic, eating half a grapefruit before each meal or drinking the juice three times a day helped people lose more than three pounds over 12 weeks.

The fruit's phytochemicals reduce insulin levels, which result in converting calories into energy rather than flab.

9. Pears
Pears are a very healthy fruit to eat as they help in decreasing blood-sugar levels and help in avoiding between-meal snacking.

The fiber content in pears is much more than in any other fruit.

10. Soup
Soups are a great way to suppress appetite. Because of their high water content, they fool the brain to perceive that the stomach is full.

Clear soups are preferred over thick and cream-based ones as comparatively they have lesser calories.

In conjunction with light exercise, eat the above food items in order to suppress your appetite naturally and make weight loss easier on yourself.

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