Looking for some effective ways to control your appetite that don’t cost a thing?
As someone who is trying to lose weight, you probably know how difficult it can be to stick to your diet regimen when you experience intense hunger pangs.
This intense hunger will make you want to instantly drop what you are doing and satisfy your cravings.
So how do you take control of your urge to eat when you are trying to lose those extra pounds?
There are many different tips and tricks for hunger out there that you can use to take control of your appetite once and for all.
So in this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the more “odd” approaches that are also some of the most effective ones.
1. Eat More Often
This trick has been covered in other articles on hunger control here but is truly important for controlling your hunger and being able to stick to your diet, so we will cover it again.
Instead of loading up your plate two or three times a day, you can mix things up and actually skip some of the extra calories for that particular meal and save them for later.
So, start dividing up the content of those meals and spread them out over five or six feedings throughout the day.
There isn’t any prerequisite for what constitutes a meal as far as how many calories it contains so the size of your meals can be totally up to you.
Some people may consider some of their meals a “snack” but however you want to look at them is up to you.
The point is that the more often you have a planned meal, the less likely you will be to eat anything that is not on your daily meal plan.
Most people break their diets and binge on snacks because of the psychological aspect of feeling they are on a restricted diet.
When you are eating six times per day, you don’t feel restricted in any way and may actually feel like you are eating a lot, which will take away all desire to snack and overeat.
2. Get Some Evening Exercise
The second of several secrets to weight loss without hunger is to stay active and engage in some type of aerobic activity in the evening.
When you engage yourself in physical aerobic activity in the later hours of the day, such as taking a brisk walk or a light jog after dinner, it will help you to lose that gnawing appetite and quell your urge to go for a midnight snack.
A study in the Journal of Metabolism was conducted among participants for a period of twelve weeks and ended up showing that there is a higher feeling of fullness after completing a session of aerobic training than before they exercised. 
The key to this trick is to engage in aerobic training and not any type of high intensity anaerobic exercise.
A workout consisting of weight training later in the evening may tend to have a stimulating effect which would result in having trouble getting to sleep.
So, get some light exercise before you hit the bed and take control, lessening or even losing your urge to head for the refrigerator for that dreaded midnight snack.
3. Walk The Dog
Things that keep you busy and not only help to take your mind off of the fact that you are trying to lose weight, but also force you to engage in extra calorie burning activities are greatly beneficial, expecially when on a low carb diet program.
So having a pet like a dog can be a huge benefit to your weight loss success.
The simple fact that it is necessary for you to take your dog out for a walk one of more times per day can be used to your advantage in more ways that one.
Being on your own and not having a pet that needs to get out of the house for daily activity may contribute to the habit of being lazy and losing the urge to get up and get moving.
You may also find yourself settling into boredom, being more inclined to sit around and watch television while snacking.
So when you have a pet like a dog that needs to get out and engage in daily physical activity, you can take advantage of the hunger busting and calorie burning potential that it comes with.
Simply taking your dog for a walk can take your mind off of your hunger as well as help you to burn a few extra hundred calories for the day.
And when you engage in more vigorous activities with your pet, you will end up burning even more calories which will result in greater weight loss.
4. Brush Your Teeth After Dinner
Creating habits and positive cues for your mind is a great way to take control of your eating routine.
Brushing your teeth right after your last meal is a simple trick that has been used by many dieters for a long time now and really works because it creates a cue or signal for your mind.
You must train your mind and body when your meals for the day are over and that you are no longer supposed to eat anything else.
And one way to signal that your mealtime is done for the day is to brush and floss your teeth.
Brushing your teeth at the end of the day will send a signal to your mind that you are officially finished with all of your meals for the day.
And for an even greater benefit, you can also make sure that you floss them and follow up with a mouth wash for an ever greater deterrent from eating any more that day.
As everyone knows, it’s not very palatable to eat anything after you mouth tastes like the mint from your mouthwash.
5. Eat In A Formal Manner
This is something that most people of this era can benefit from, as the idea of a formal meal sometimes seems nonexistent.
If you are not familiar with the concept, formal eating means that you actually sit down and eat a meal at the dinner table.
Most people eat on the go, whether in their cars while driving or simply grabbing a quick meal in the kitchen and eating while standing up, before darting quickly out the door.
A recent study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics showed the importance of slowing down the rate in which you consume your meals, finding that you may actually take in fewer calories over the course of a meal when you eat slowly. 
When you eat while standing up or on the go, it becomes harder for your body to determine fullness making you tend to eat more.
So it is best to sit down, relax and enjoy your food!