These are tips from two diet doctors: Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz
- Snack before dinner – Eat foods loaded with good fats such as nuts or avocado slices twenty minutes prior to a meal. The time mentioned is the amount of time needed for your stomach to tell your brain that you’re satisfied. Having a few calories stimulates the production of cholecystokinin (the hormone that slows our stomach from emptying so we feel fuller longer).
- Thirst is not hunger – yes, don’t mistake thirst for hunger. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, that stomach pangs may be the body’s way of asking for a glass of water. When you have the urge to eat, start by drinking a glass or two of water and check how you feel in five minutes. If you are still hungry get a snack.
- Move after a big meal – don’t snooze after feasting in a huge meal. Staying awake a few hours after and taking a twenty minute walk will allow the body to use some of the extra calories for energy instead of storing them as fat.