6 Surprising Ways To Control Your Appetite & Lose Weight

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It’s hard not to eat too much — believe me, I know! You spend all day passing up sodas, donuts, pizza and chips … but after a while, you get hungry and everything you’ve worked so hard to avoid just looks so tempting and you give in and have something you know you shouldn’t be eating.

Other times, you sit down to a nice, healthy meal, but five minutes later, you’ve wolfed it all down and you’re getting seconds. And an hour later, you’re hungry again and that ice cream in your freezer is calling your name.

Just like you, I’ve been there before, but I’ve gotten over it. By following these six simple rules, I’m able to eat healthy food in the right quantities every day without overeating or feeling hungry, and honestly? With these guidelines, I enjoy my meals more than I used to!

1. Slow down your meals.

When you swallow food, there’s a 10-30 minutes delay before you feel any satiation from it. Because of this delay, people tend to eat more food than they really need to, faster, because they feel hungry at the start of a meal and don’t realize they are in fact filling up, because they don’t feel it immediately.

An easy solution? Chew every bite ten times. Following this simple rule will cause you to eat more slowly, allowing your mind to catch up to your stomach. Not only that, but you enjoy your food more when you take the time to savor it!

2. Eat before you get hungry.

When you get really hungry, you overeat. I know … groundbreaking stuff. When you overeat, you feel full but then your insulin levels spike. And when your insulin spikes, you feel tired, then hungry, so you overeat .. .again.

Instead of trying to resist hunger, beat it to the punch. If you eat when you’re either not hungry or only slightly hungry, you’ll eat less and you’ll eat more slowly. Eating less throughout the day is great, but having more energy is certainly a nice bonus too!

3. Drink more water than you think you need.

A little-known fact about the body is that mild dehydration can produce a sensation that’s easily mistaken for hunger. Most people live in a state of chronic, mild dehydration and as a result, they suffer from brain fog and low energy, often overeating as well. Drinking at least a gallon of water a day will keep your body fueled, your mind clear and will prevent thirst from tricking your body into feeling hungry.

4. Say no to liquid calories.

Your body digests liquids way faster than it does solids. As a result, consuming liquid calories will produce a rapid spike in blood sugar, followed by renewed feelings of hunger. This is obviously not helpful if you’re trying to limit calories, so don’t consume any caloric beverages. That means no sugared soda, milk, juice, Gatorade, etc. Swap them for water or herbal tea.

5. Enhance your food with healthy flavors.

Looking to spice up your food with some extra flavor? Forget the sugar. You have several options that not only taste great, but also help you stay full longer and avoid a post-meal food coma. Both lemons and limes have been shown to lower the glycemic index of your food, meaning you metabolize it more slowly. This equals a feeling of satiety for much longer. Vinegar has similar effects to citrus, and it goes great on a salad. Cinnamon is also a powerful flavor-enhancer and it slows the rate at which food transits from your stomach to your intestine, keeping you full longer and helping to prevent a post-meal slump.

6. Use the “front door snack” technique.

This last item is a body hack of my own devising: eat healthy foods before you get hungry in order to preempt unhealthy eating. You may eat healthy at home, but as soon as you go outside you’re surrounded by temptations and it’s hard to resist them when you’re hungry. The solution? Eat something healthy and whole at home before you go out. And the easiest way to do this is to keep a healthy snack near the front door so you can grab it on you way out!

By: John Fawkes
Source: www.mindbodygreen.com

2015-11-13T15:22:27+00:00

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    Q: if you're not hungry can you skip the meal and eat fruit and nuts as a snack... can a meal be skipped?

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    Although your appetite may disappear it's still important to consume your daily meals. Fruits and nuts are okay to snack on, but increasing the amount would be an ideal meal plan while on the cleanse. Sometimes it comes down to portion sizes that make up the meal.

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    Q: How should I eat? Should I eat when hungry or eat every 2 to 3 hours like the bodybuilding community.

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    Only eat when you are hungry!!!!!

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    Q: I saw your website and I'm very interested in buying the pills from your website, but I'd like to know if it's similar to the Martha's Vineyard diet. I tried to do it, but I felt very weak and hungry. I didn't do it for more than 1 day. I would like to know if in your diet, I would be allowed to eat anything or if is just liquid also. If you could, please send me a basic manual for a regular day besides the pills. I'm really interested in buying it, but I don't want to spend this money and not be able to finish the diet. I need lots of energy for my regular days. I'm a very active person. I can't feel sick, weak or dizzy during the day! Please help me!!! I hope to hear from you guys soon.

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    No, our Full Body Detox is not similar to the Martha's Vineyard diet as you can eat RAW FOODS during our detox. Our kit and regimen comes with everything you need including the diet plan and regimen. It's very complete! Very unique! THE BEST!

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    Q: Do you believe that one should eat 3 meals a day or 6 small meals a day? Sometimes I don't feel like eating 3 meals. Back in the day people would fast longer than 15 days and were healthy.

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    I BELIEVE PEOPLE SHOULD EAT ACCORDING TO THEIR SPECIFIC LIFE STYLES ... THE LESS THE BETTER. FOOD IS KILLING US TODAY!

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    Q: I have been experiencing some discomfort in my mid to lower stomach region. I feel an itching burning sort of sensation, sort of hard to explain, just below my navel. I completed the FULL BODY DETOX about 2 weeks ago, which was great! Can you please advise on what herbal formula I can take to help??

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    I RECOMMEND DIGEST AID AND BOWEL MOVER. ALSO, THE PROBLEM COULD BE EMOTIONAL. THERE COULD BE SOMETHING GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU CAN'T STOMACH. AS ABOVE, SO BELOW!!!

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    Q: I am on day 17 of the Full Body Detox. It has been wonderful, although I have slipped up and made some bad food choices I have been able to stick to eating salads and Fruit and nuts. I have lost 5 pounds overall. I have Cogan's Syndrome. I stopped taking my azathioprine, Iron pill, and fish oils while on the Detox. I feel great aside from my Tinnitus in my left ear is ringing tremendously loud. Other than that I feel great. My skin looks so much better. My prednisone steroid hump in my back has gone away. My teeth look whiter. My eyes are whiter. Blemishes are gone. I just don't know what to do after I am done with this detox. I know that I need to continue with this particular diet because it is good to & for me. I can do that, however I just don't want to have low iron, tinnitus, or vertigo spells. What would you recommend I take after the full body cleanse. My mother has seen a difference in me and so has my husband. I love this, I can't wait to see my rheumatologist so he can tell me that my Cogan's Syndrome is in remmission. What should I do next?

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    Thank you for sharing this with us. We're so happy to hear that the cleanse is going well for you. We suggest trying the Ear Oil to help bring relief from tinnitus. You can also try the Joint Aid and the MSM Sulfur to help specifically help address arthritis. If you're experiencing eye issues from Cogan's Syndrome we suggest using the Eye Formula. Continuing with a balanced diet is best as it is responsible for some of the success you were able to achieve with the cleanse. We suggest consuming two raw meals a day and one of your choice to help continue the healing process.

    Please take the time to read the article:

    Arthritis-http://www.dherbs.com/articles/causes-arthritis-34.html

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    MSM Sulfur -http://www.dherbs.com/store/msm-sulfur-p-49.html

    Joint Formula - http://www.dherbs.com/store/f-formula-p-42.html

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    Q: Hi, I'm a 36 year old African/American woman with 4 children whose been trying to lose weight off and on for the past 16 years. I lose the weight but then I gain it right back after I go off of my diet. I know that I need a good body/colon cleanse, but what I need to learn how to do is to eat the right food's to keep my body healthy. I've been conditioned to eat the foods that I do eat, I need to know how do I go about "de-programming" myself from the bad food's and program myself to want and crave the healthy one's? I'm open to any suggestion's you have, even using crystals and meditation. Thank you.

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    Time is limited here in "Ask the Herbalist" so I humbly request you consider a full length health consultation. However, I can tell you that you'd greatly benefit from a FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse.

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    Q: My son eats, and 30 minutes or sooner he has to go to the bathroom. He is thin, and doesn't hold food. If he eats he goes. What can he take to try to hold his food a little longer so that we can gain a few pounds. Is this behavior healthy? The doctors say he is fine, but going to the bathroom everytime you eat something, is a bit much.

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    You're supposed to defecate 30 minutes after you eat. That's natural! You are going against nature to have the son to be like everybody else who are constipated, and don't know it. Don't follow societal norm!

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    Q: Hello I am currently on the full body detox and I have a question for you. How do you feel about organic chicken from a credited organic food store? I was wondering if eating organic steamed chicken was ok and whats your take on almond milk.

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    Thanks for the question.

    Animal products are not part of the detox program. The detox protocol is a raw food detox as well. Most if not all food should be consumed raw. Organic meat is a double edged sword. On one hand you have an animal pumped full of anti biotics and on the other hand you have an animal refused antibiotics if they are sick. Which they routinely are being that they are crammed in sheds. The amount of land required by the USDA to be considered free range is the size of a sheet of printer paper. Birds kept in such close quarters communicate diseases fast. I do not recommend any animal products when on a detox. 

    The main issue with detoxing is lessening the workload of the livers and kidneys so they can clean house. Animal protien is acidic to the body and forces the body to work overtime digesting the excess protein. 

    Almond milk is fine if you make it yourself. Its really not that hard to do if you have a good blender. If you can't blend it yourself you can buy it from the store but remember that it's pasteurized and probably has added sugars which you want to avoid.

    Here is a quick web resource but I am sure you could find others

    http://ohsheglows.com/2013/01/24/my-favourite-homemade-almond-milk-step-by-step-photos/

     

    Hope that answers your questions,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I've been taking the Full Body Cleanse for almost 2 weeks. In general, I feel much better. My question is if I can eat spirulina. and/or Ultimate Meal (mainly is Quinoa, millet, brown rice, yellow pea protein, spirulina and another natural ingredients) as breakfast or lunch. In case you do not know Ultimate Meal you can see it at www.ultimatelife.com Thank you. Ricardo. Your customer service rep told me after full body detox is good to take cholesterol formula. Is enough or Do I need to take lose weight tabs? after the full body cleanse? I am taking care of my diet and exercise 3 -4 times a week 2 hours each with stationary bike or tread mill and exercises with weights.

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    Spirulina and Ultimate Meal are excellent supplementary products to take in order for your body to receive an adequate amount of protein while on the cleanse.

    Yes, take Cholesterol Formula (and Intestinal Cleanser) after you complete the cleanse. These products will serve as a transitionary period as your body slowly accustoms to returning back to normal routines.

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    Q: I feel I'm not in the best of healthy at the age of 34 but what is a good way to get myself and family healthy. My husband and I need to lose weight and get healthy this is the heaviest we both have been in our lives. We need your help and we want to start a family. What do you recommend please help!

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    I run a vegan health coaching program over Skype that you may be interested in. please check out the website at www.theveganeffect.com

    It is my philosophy that we shouldn't be losing weight to get healthy we should be getting healthy to lose weight. If losing weight is your focus it will be temporary but if you get healthy it will be permanent. 

    The best way to lose weight in a healthy way is to change nutrient density of your foods (eat more raw vegan low fat foods) and to do a full body detox or cleanse. You can see detoxing options at www.dherbs.com 

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I just finished the Full Body Detox. I loved it and felt great the whole time. Ever since I stopped the herbs a few days ago I have been very gassy in my stomach. I eat very healthy and have continued to eat very basic and natural foods the past few days. Is there any reason why I would be feeling this way?

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    The body is attempting to naturally regulate itself absent the herbs. Take CARBON and take 3 capsules of ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD daily. The situation will soon pass. Your body is regulating itself. That's all! Drink plenty of water daily too!

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    Q: I've been a vegan for 2 years now. I've done the FBD 3 times in these two years, but my urine is still yellow. The only time it is clear is immediately after I drink water (reverse osmosis water). If I miss a day of drinking water, my urine goes back to being dark yellow. Does this mean that my body is still very toxic? Also, is it normal to release urine 5 to 15 minutes after drinking liquids? I would think that water would need to stay in the body for awhile for proper hydration and cleansing.

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    From what you wrote I would suggest you start drinking alkaline water (purchase an alkaline water machine, you can find various brands in our e-book "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual"). If you are urinating within 10-15 minutes of drinking water you are not absorbing the water, and thus you require micro-clustered water which an alkaline (and ionizing) water machine does. I also highly recommend consumption of our Kidneys-Bladder formula (3 capsules per day).

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    Q: I was online searching for some natural treatments for hair growth in Black Men when I came across your article. I must say that I believe it was so on point that I decided not to look any further. I'm 44 years of age and started noticing my hair thinning when about 12 years ago. I was one of those that you wrote about in your article chasing a lifestyle that is no longer an interest to me. I did fall into some bad habits that were not good for my health off and on over the past 15 years or so more off than on. My body type I would describe as athletic. I'm tone, and strong when I exercise regularly. I'm about 150lbs @ 5'11". My diet is mostly vegetables but from time to time I feel I have to eat fish or chicken. Not necessarily prepared in the healthiest way I'm sure. I just got out of one of my "on" spells so to speak. Meaning the drinking of beer and cigarettes. I've been smoking and drinking beer now since September 2006 after not having done anything but live healthy for six years before that. As soon as my wife and I came back to the states and started working and runnign again these old destructive habits appeared again in my life. I only blame myself though. Right now my hair and skin suffer from the chemical poisoning from the habits that I just mentioned. I am prepared to take your advice about righteous living to heart and start fresh again. Is there a mild remedy that can work with me to stimulate the re-growth of my hair in the spots where it is balding in that classic balding pattern? I am generally very healthy when I doing right and even now rarely get sick. But my sickness manifest in stress and bad habits to num the pain of having to live this way when don't really want to. I quit the job that I've been working for the past 4 years for that reason and have been blessed to have some time not to grind everyday chasing after money. Now is a crucial time of healing for me, and I must take full advantage of the time. Moderation is in order for whatever you can suggest for me in the way of herbal remedies. I am sure that you can prescribe a simple overall regiment for my overall health based on what I have shared with you with an emphasis on the hair and skin. Again, thank you for writing the article. Call or write. The sooner the better.......Thank You!!

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    Q: My wife and I started your Full Body Detox 9 days ago. Things are going well but in reference to the "raw food" diet we have gone a few times to some raw food restaurants such as Leaf & Raw. Are they O.K.? Secondly, are there some nuts to stay away from and is there a limit to how much you should consume?

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    Raw food restaurants sell RAW FOODS. That's recommended during the Full Body Detox. No problem here! Read our article WHAT IS RAW FOODS. The only nuts you might want to stay away from are peanuts. Glad to hear the detox I going swell!

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    Q: I did the full body cleanse and now I'm almost done with the maintenance regimen. I've maintained my weight lost of 20 lbs and I love the way my body feel. I've implemented the healthy eating into my lifestyle. What do you recommend I take to continue my journey. Please advise.

    A: We're so happy to hear about your success and maintaining those results. We can better suggest what your next step is if you provide us with more insight on what you're looking to achieve next.

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    Q: Why do people enjoy drinking beer, wine, and hard liquor? If it's because of the feeling they derive from it, is there a natural alternative for internal (extract, etc.) or external(lighting, scent, etc.) use that can give people the same feeling?

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    People enjoy spirits (alcohol) for many reasons. Most people are just simply brainwashed; that's all!

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    Q: My food gets trapped in the holes, made by damage to the lining of my stomach by acid reflux . Within minutes, I smell like rancid food, unless I drink milk, which fills me full of gas. What is your recommendaton?

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    By all means perform the Full Body Detox, and perhaps after the FBD, perform the 10-Day Electric Greens Cleanse. Consider changing your diet as well. To include more fruits, and vegetables. Consider consuming raw and vegan foods. The milk you're drinking is part of the problem!

    Please take time to to read the following article:

    Acid Reflux: Heartburn

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    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Cleanse and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you

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    1. Instead of splenda, use agave, stevia, or grade b maple syrup as a sweetener.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, an organic and natural one is great. You can also check our website for salad dressing recipes.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the cleanse, so we wouldn't advise those. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Female Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!