If you don’t want to eat more to reduce hunger, this article will show you how to suppress hunger without food.
Hunger is one of the biggest obstacles for people trying to lose weight. And unless you learn how to control it, it can stop you from losing weight.
You probably know that eating high fiber foods can reduce hunger. But did you know that you can suppress hunger without food?
That’s right! You can make yourself not feel hungry without eating. Simple things like taking a 15-minute walk or drinking green tea can suppress hunger and appetite.
If increased appetite and hunger has stopped you from losing weight in the past, use the tips below to convince your body it’s not hungry.
How to Suppress Hunger without Food
1. Exercise when hungry
Research shows that exercise can reduce your appetite. People have less desire to eat after workout because exercise reduces response in the food-reward brain regions.
According to this study, exercise can make you not feel hungry since it lowers ghrelin (hunger hormone) levels and increases levels of peptide hormones which suppress appetite.
Exercising while hungry might sound like a crazy idea but it’ll make the hunger disappear in minutes. Strength training and cardio can suppress hunger without food.
2. Sleep for 7-8 hours every night
Lack of quality sleep can make you eat more. This study found that people’s appetite and hunger increased by 24 percent when they didn’t get adequate sleep.
In another study, folks who slept less than 7 hours a night reported to be 26 percent less full after breakfast.
If you struggle with insomnia, these tips can help you sleep deeply every night.
3. Remove all the foods you crave from your home
Throwing away all the cookies, chocolate, sodas, and doughnuts in the house can reduce your appetite. Seeing the foods you crave increases appetite, even when you’re exposed to them through advertisements.
The best thing is to replace these unhealthy foods with healthy ones.
4. Drink water throughout the day
Water can make you not feel hungry and also help you eat less.
This study found that, people who drank 500ml of water, 30 minutes before meals, ate 22 percent less food than those who didn’t drink water.
I may also note that most people confuse thirst for hunger. So drink water whenever you’re hungry.
If you don’t like water, try these fruit infused water recipes or eat foods with high water content.
5. Brush your teeth and tongue
Brushing your teeth and tongue can suppress appetite without food. The minty taste of toothpaste discourages most people from eating.
Chances are you won’t eat chocolate after brushing your teeth since it won’t taste good. Try this trick the next time you’re hungry.
6. Lose belly fat
Losing belly fat will reduce production of the hormone, Neuropeptide Y. High levels of this hormone increases appetite.
7. Take a nap
Diverting your attention from food is one of the easiest ways to suppress appetite. And what better way to divert your attention than to take a nap.
A nap will take your mind off food and reduce your appetite.
As I mentioned earlier, sleep reduces production of ghrelin. Taking a nap can literally make you feel fuller when you wake up.
8. Keep your house warm
Research shows that people eat less when it’s hot. So keeping your house warm can actually reduce your appetite.
But realize that heat also increases thirst so drink more healthy drinks to avoid dehydration.
9. Complete a task
Did you know that most people binge eat in the evening and weekends when they’re idle? And did you further know that most people don’t eat when they’re busy? This goes to show that staying busy can suppress hunger.
Don’t sit idle when you feel hungry, complete a task like washing a car, folding laundry, or doing jumping jacks.
Completing a task will shift your thoughts from food and also make you feel good.
10. Chew gum
I used to think that chewing gum increases hunger, may be you do too. But it turns out that the opposite is actually true – chewing gum suppresses hunger.
A study by University of Rhode Island found that people who chew gum eat 68 percent fewer calories.
It’s worth noting that some experts argue that people who chew gum eat more junk food.
Realize that there’s no one-size-fits-all, try chewing gum to see if it’ll help suppress your appetite and hunger.
11. Use grapefruit essential oil aromatherapy
Research shows that the scent of grapefruit essential oil can suppress your appetite. And the best part is you only need to smell this scent for 15 minutes a week.
Peppermint and vanilla scents have also been proven to suppress appetite.
12. Drink green tea before meals
Green tea has weight loss benefits and it can also help suppress hunger. This study found that taking 857 mg of green tea extract every day reduces ghrelin levels. This makes you not feel hungry and enhances weight loss.
Drink a maximum of 6 cups of green tea a day. Anything more than that can have negative side effects.
Yerba mate tea can also suppress hunger without food.
13. Serve your meals on blue plates
Did you know that colors affect your appetite? Orange, red, and yellow increase appetite while blue reduces appetite.
Using blue plates and bowls may help you eat less. I may also note that using smaller plates prevents overeating.
14. Manage your stress
Stress increases cortisol levels. And research shows that high cortisol levels increase appetite and food cravings.
Stress has also been found to lower peptide (fullness hormone) levels.
Once you reduce stress, your hunger and appetite will reduce. Meditation, exercise, adequate sleep, and walking have been proven to reduce stress.
15. Play the waiting game
If you crave for a food, wait for 20-30 minutes before eating it. Chances are the cravings will be gone in 30 minutes.
While waiting, keep yourself busy with other activities like listening to music or talking to a friend.
Waiting will also give you time to think and make better food choices.
16. Walk for 15 minutes
I mentioned earlier that strength training and cardio can make you less hungry. Well, it turns out that walking can also suppress appetite without food.
Here’s how to walk 8,000 steps a day.
17. Picture yourself eating the food you crave
You can suppress appetite by simply visualizing eating the food you crave.
In this study, participants were asked to visualize eating 3 or 33 M&Ms before they were given candies. The results showed that those who visualized eating more M&Ms ate less candy.
This goes that vividly imagining eating food can reduce appetite.
18. Pinch your earlobes for 60 seconds
You can use acupressure to control your appetite. This is a technique of applying pressure on different body parts using your hands.
Experts say that pinching your earlobes for 60 seconds to 3 minutes can suppress hunger and appetite.
19. Reduce alcohol intake
Alcohol is not good for weight loss. It’s high in calories and also increases appetite.
According to some studies, drinking alcohol can increase your appetite and make you eat more.
In this animal study, scientists explain that alcohol activates neurons which increase appetite, slow metabolism, and lower energy levels.
20. Take apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has definitely been overhyped but some people say that it makes them feel less hungry.
Note that there are no scientific studies to back these claims. Don’t take more than a teaspoon of ACV if you’ve never taken it before.
Here are diet tips that will help suppress your appetite and hunger:
- Reduce sugar intake
- Eat more fiber
- Eat nutrient dense foods – nutrient deficiency increases cravings
- Serve food in smaller plates
- Eat more protein
- Don’t skip breakfast
Learning to control hunger can bring you one step close to your weight goal. So use the tips above to suppress hunger and appetite.
Sometimes you may feel hungry due to low food intake. Make sure you get enough energy from food to support all bodily functions.
Which tricks do you use to suppress hunger without food?