If you feel like you’re in a rut with your diet plan and are constantly feeling hungry, our nutrition columnists Mira Calton, CN, and Jayson Calton, Ph.D., recommend sipping a cup of fennel tea (like Alvita Fennel Seed Tea, $6.50 for 24 tea bags, at VitaminShoppe.com) 30 minutes before meals and whenever cravings strike. This herbal brew’s cleansing licorice flavor has been shown to reset taste buds and curb a sweet tooth. Plus, plant compounds in fennel tea soothe muscle contractions in the stomach and small intestines, helping to prevent hungry rumbles in the gut.
Sipping fennel tea before meals also takes up space in the stomach, which will help you feel fuller on fewer calories. In fact, researchers at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg found that this effect helped dieters lose 30 percent more weight than those who skipped a pre-meal sip. And as a welcome bonus, fennel also curbs the formation of gas in the stomach to dramatically reduce bloat and discomfort.
For more hunger-busting tricks and tips from our nutrition experts, visit CaltonNutrition.com.
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