Your body is a complex organism and the urge to eat is both physiological (i.e., hormones, genes, circadian rhythm, etc.) as well as psychological (i.e., emotions, social cues, habit, learned behavior, pleasure, reward, environment, etc.). Physiologically, certainly hormones such as leptin, ghrelin and insulin play a powerful role in controlling appetite. Leptin reduces appetite while ghrelin and insulin stimulate appetite. So the underlying issue of controlling your appetite really lies with controlling your hormone levels.
Processed, sugary, fatty foods tend to increase ghrelin and insulin secretion, thus stimulating your appetite. To combat this insidious hormone release, start by reducing how much processed food (mostly packaged foods in the middle aisles such as grain-based desserts, white bread, soda, pizza, etc.) that's eaten. Instead, eat more whole, fresh, minimally-processed foods (i.e., lean meats, poultry, fish, dairy, fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, beans, nuts, seeds, etc.).
Here are other tips to control your appetite:
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.