[By Fiona Li]
Snack on these healthy alternatives to help you stave off hunger pangs and shed pounds!
For centuries, many cultures have used ginger root for its amazing digestive powers. Whether it’s in a smoothie or in a nutritious soup, ginger works as a stimulant that energizes the body and improves digestion, thereby making you less hungry.
While drinking more than one to two cups of Joe a day can leave you feeling jittery and nervous, a moderate amount of coffee can help boost metabolism and suppress your appetite. Coffee’s secret? Caffeine, along with antioxidants from the coffee beans. Just don’t cancel out those good effects with too much sugar or cream, so say ‘no’ to a calorie-laden Mocha Latte but go for plain old black coffee instead.
Apples of all varieties and types help suppress hunger for a number of reasons. First, apples are filled with soluble fiber and pectin, which help you feel full. Apples also regulate your glucose and boost your energy level. Finally, apples require lots of chewing time, which helps slow you down and gives your body more time to realize that you’re no longer hungry. Plus, they just taste good!
Get spicy! According to recent research published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, just half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper can boost metabolism and cause the body to burn an extra 10 calories on its own. Not to mention that for those who don’t regularly eat spicy meals, adding cayenne pepper cuts an average of 60 calories from their next meal. Do that at two meals a day for a month and you’ll lose 4 pounds without even trying!
Studies have shown that eating an egg or two for breakfast can help dieters feel more full over 24 hours than if they eat a bagel with the same amount of calories. In the same study, those who ate eggs ingested an average of 330 fewer calories over the course of a day than the bagel-eaters. Food for thought, no?