Yup – we’re talking hunger (and mind) games… Your belly isn’t the only body part dictating how much you nosh – your brain’s got a say too.
Research offers up three mental tricks to silence that tummy rumble, aka control appetite and cravings.
1. Eat and believe
It sounds kind of weird, but research in the journal Appetite, found that just thinking a food will be filling makes it so. Recalling past satisfaction from eating it can affect how full you feel now.
2. Shut the front door
Or menu, or cookie jar or anything, really. Science shows that the very act of putting something away can give you a sense of closure and make whatever you’re eating hit the spot.
3. No Instagramming between meals
The constant social-media barrage of food may be stoking hunger. According to research, our brains evolved to expect a hit of energy from simply seeing grub.
This article was originally published on Women's Health