If you want to feel fuller longer it’s not just what you eat as the main meal of the day, but perhaps also what you add to mealtime.
Sure, there are some low-calorie fruits and veggies that can fill you up without packing on the extra pounds, but there are also some spices that can fill you up with an extra dose of flavor. That’s, of course, good news if you want to lose weight but you also don’t want to give up on all the taste.
One of the best things you may want to try adding to mealtime is capsaicin.
That’s the active ingredient in chili peppers that makes them so hot, and cayenne peppers are a good source. Some nutritionists believe capsaicin may help stimulate a receptor in your digestive tract, which leads to a feeling of fullness. It’s possible consuming capsaicin may also increase the number of calories you burn on a daily basis. That’s, of course, great news if you love eating hot peppers or using hot pepper products to flavor your meals. The capsaicin not only adds in some extra flavor at the time, but it may also help you avoid overeating later on.
There are some other spices that do a good job, too.
It’s believed ginger may help reduce hunger pains and control your appetite. You can usually just keep fresh ginger in the refrigerator, but you can also try using dried ginger and sprinkling it in everything from baked goods to yogurt, oatmeal, tea, or smoothies. Another option is fenugreek. Studies have shown it may possibly lead to the consumption of fewer calories and it may help you feel fuller longer, too. One more option is green tea EGCG. It has a lot of health benefits, including reducing hunger and reducing calories.