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What is Appetite Control?
Appetite control is the ability to control how much you eat whether you are hungry or not. Sometimes the body gives you the signal to eat even though you are not physically hungry.
Hunger, cravings, stress eating and binge eating can all lead to weight gain, obesity, sluggishness and poor body image. The desire to overeat is not caused by weak self discipline, but by chemical imbalances within the body.
Problems with Appetite Control
Several factors cause people to overeat or eat foods that are not healthy. The most important factors include the physical make up that a person is born with combined with biochemical imbalances.
Some people are born with more fat cells than others. If a person has more fat cells when they are born or develop additional fat cells early in life, it can be more difficult to lose weight. Other people have an increase in the size of fat cells. This type of fat distribution is common with people at risk for diabetes and heart disease. Many people have a combination of the two kinds of risk factors.
Low serotonin levels may cause people to overeat. Deficiencies of biochemicals, such as tryptophan, cause binge eating. The brain cannot recognize feelings of fullness and triggers cravings. It especially desires carbohydrates. Fluctuating biochemical messages and faulty communication within the brain and the rest of the body are the reasons why most diets fail. The biochemical message center needs balancing.
The body also has a “set point” weight that it tries to maintain. That is why dieters frequently hit a plateau when trying to lose weight. The body thinks it must maintain its current weight to avoid starvation. Periods of weight loss alternated by weight gain, like the kind of pattern that yo-yo dieters experience, reinforces the body’s set point, making weight loss harder.
Diabetics and people with hypothyroidism may have difficulty controlling appetite and weight as well. People who have appetite and weight control issues actually metabolize fat at a slower rate than people who are slender or toned. Their bodies store fat rather then convert it to energy. Sluggishness and additional hunger and weight gain may occur.
Help with Appetite Control
What can help to control my appetite and help me reach and maintain a healthy weight?
Exercise builds muscle. Muscle burns fat. An exercise program is an essential part of any weight management program. As the percentage of muscle increases, weight loss is enhanced. Exercise has appetite depressing benefits as well.
Eat a well balanced diet high in fiber. Drink a lot of water.
The amount of calories consumed must be less than calories burned in order for weight loss to occur. Fill up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Include a small amount of healthy fats in your diet. Eat either lean meat or fill up on legumes and other plant based proteins. Use low fat dairy products.
It is critical that biochemical imbalances within the body be corrected in order to suppress the appetite and achieve control of weight.
More Information about Appetite Control
There are many different diets available. The best ones are inexpensive, simple to follow and convenient. Include a wide variety of whole, fresh foods.
A huge industry has been built up around weight loss. Surgery can be dangerous. Diet pills have dangerous side effects and do not correct the underlying imbalances within the brain.
A safer alternative to stimulating diet drugs is to use safe, natural supplements which restore proper function of the biochemical imbalances within the brain.
An effective appetite and weight control program employs exercise, stress management and healthy foods. It corrects underlying chemical imbalances. It is possible to get off the dieting yo-yo and have a normal appetite once the underlying chemical imbalances are corrected.