Ways To Reduce Hunger While Attempting To Lose Weight
One of the most common problems that people face when they are attempting to lose weight is feeling hungry too often. Nothing will kill your motivation to continue your weight loss goals faster than feeling hungry all of the time. There are plenty of ways that you can help to reduce your feelings of hunger on a daily basis that don’t include eating that hamburger. Here are some ways that you can stick to your weight loss plan while avoiding those annoying hunger pangs.
Are You Really Hungry?
It is important for you to listen to your body and actually think about what it is telling you. Are those pangs in your stomach because you are hungry, or are they happening because you are thirsty, really bored, are thinking about food or just because of habit? It is very possible to not actually be hungry but to be craving things like sugary snacks and high fat foods. Sugar is known to cause these types of cravings and when your mind is craving food it can create stomach pangs that resemble hunger. Your stomach doesn’t always have to be full all of the time. Pay attention to what your stomach is telling you. If you are really hungry then eat a small, high protein and low fat snack. Eventually these sugar-craving based hunger pains will subside as you begin to make eating healthier a habit.
Drink More Water
You should always be drinking more water, as the vast majority of people don’t get enough water on a daily basis. Drink water-not a sugar filled substance or a dehydrating liquid like tea or coffee. Drink a glass of water each time you feel hunger pangs but when it is not time to eat. Drinking can trick your stomach into thinking that it is full, which can stop the hunger pangs all together.
Eating healthier foods, especially those that are full of fiber will make you feel full and satisfied for a longer period of time. Fiber slows down the absorption of nutrients from the foods you eat and it moves slowly through your digestion system. This will make you feel less hungry for a longer period of time. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water while eating your fiber to prevent constipation. Good fiber can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, including celery, carrots, lettuce and apples.
Eat a Good Breakfast
So many people who are on a weight loss program try to save calories by skipping breakfast. This is the absolute worst thing that you can do. You need breakfast to rev up your metabolism and to keep you full for the first few hours of the day. If you skip breakfast your body takes measures to keep itself from starving, including storing more body fat. Eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast will help you remain full and satisfied for a long period of time. A good breakfast includes plenty of protein, usually from low fat meats and egg whites, and some good non-starch carbohydrates. Throw in some fiber by eating fruits and vegetables as well.
Eat More Often
This sounds counter-intuitive, but to maximize your increased metabolism you should be eating more times each day. You should just eat less at each meal. If eat a good healthy meal which contains the appropriate mixture of good carbs, proteins and vegetables and fruits in the proper portions at each meal, you can eat up to 6 times per day. This helps prevent you from ever feeling hungry. Just remember not to ingest more calories by maintaining proper portion sizes.