Alright -- how can I curb my appetite?
September 12, 2006 10:21 PM Subscribe
Diets -- what foods have you eaten that worked surprisingly well to curb your appetite and helped you lose weight? Anecdote is fine! Let me explain a few things...
posted by hodyoaten to Health & Fitness (29 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
It seems there's tons of weight loss advice all over the Internet, and because it's polluted with all kinds of vested interests and "party line" approaches, I want to turn to the hive mind. For starters, here's some of the conventional wisdom I have a beef with:
1) Low fat foods. The Atkins camp has already made it pretty clear that low-fat foods increase hunger, and I believe it based on my own experience and the fact that it's a huge basis for their diet.
2) Fruit. We're told to grab fruit when we're hungry, but these are basically packages of complex sugars. How can this possibly help with appetite?
3) 3 Meals A Day (TM). I find that eating breakfast, even stuff without tons of sugar, supercharges my appetite! On the days that I skip breakfast, my eating habits stay in check. Go figure.
I don't mind hearing crazy ideas like tacos or gin & tonics! Hell, if it's worked for you I'm interested in hearing about it.
So far I'm suspecting that low glycemic index foods might be the holy grail. Also introducing coffee into the diet might help due to the appetite suppressant effect (and as a programmer I can hardly argue with a mental boost). Also I'm ramping up my meat consumption... I do not know why but I've had a growing suspicion that high protein intake might be an effective appetite suppressant.
Right now I'm basically avoiding foods that are specifically low-fat, and avoiding high-fructose corn syrup products, the bane of America, which I understand has some basis for boosting appetite and is of course extremely sugar-dense. To help curb appetite I've experimented a tiny bit with psyllium husk capsules... the effect seems to be doubtful and I'm thinking I may have to go with actual psyllium of some sort to get the same effect.
The exercise angle is all taken care of -- and while indeed exercise is an important part of any weight loss plan, it's double-difficult for me because exercise [i]boosts[/i] my appetite! One time back in 1999 my wife and I started doing 10-mile cycling every couple of nights, but we got so hungry that the trips to Wendy's right afterward basically negated the benefits we got.