How To Deal With Hunger When Trying To Lose Weight
A proper diet plan is an essential aspect in losing weight. Together with regular exercise, eating a proper diet can help you lose unwanted body fat, gain more energy and look and feel great.
With a proper weight loss diet, you are consuming fewer calories than your system or body burns on a daily basis, but, it also supplies the right nutrients that help improve performance during workouts.
But sadly, for many it can be very difficult to control hunger and cravings when following a healthy diet plan.
Part of the reason people fail in their diet and weight loss is hunger.
When hunger strikes, it takes a great deal of self-discipline to resist tasty yet unhealthy goodies, such as pizzas, fries, ice-cream, hotdogs and burgers.
Thankfully, this guide contains usable and hands-on information on how you can curb hunger when trying to lose weight, so please read on to learn all about them.
Eat Your Breakfast
Make it a point to eat breakfast daily. As mothers have said throughout generations, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Not only will breakfast give your body the energy it needs, but, it can also help you lose weight effectively.
A healthy and nutritious breakfast, reduces hunger and cravings throughout the day, which, allows you to make smarter food choices for all the meals you eat that day.
While skipping breakfast may seem a great way to cut down calories, it is by no means an effective strategy.
For the most part, hunger will get the best of people who skip breakfast, as they tend to eat more throughout the day.
Skipping breakfast destabilizes blood sugars, which, causes out of control hunger and cravings that most people will not be able to resist.
When trying to lose weight, you should avoid eating three large meals a day. Instead, aim to eat five to six small and nutritional meals. This will help you feel fuller throughout the day, and stabilize energy levels.
Plus, this method of eating also stabilizes your blood sugar levels, which, eliminates crazy cravings and out of control hunger.
Make sure that you are eating balanced, low-calorie and healthy meals that include lean protein, vegetables and whole grains.
A 6” or smaller plate is the best way to control portions.
Consume More Fiber
Fiber plays a key role in your attempt to lose weight for a number of reasons. Since foods that are loaded with fiber take longer to digest, they are more filling, and so, keep you full longer.
This, in turn, prevents hunger pains and cravings for unhealthy foods. Furthermore, fiber aids in blocking fat absorption in your body. Good foods high in fiber are green leafy vegetables and berries eaten whole, not juiced.
Get Seven To Eight Hours Of Sleep
As recent studies have suggested, sleep deprivation causes people to eat more throughout the day.
In addition, it can lead to eating unhealthy, and high calorie foods. In fact, people are often tricked into thinking they are hungry, when they are actually tired and in need of sleep.
Too much sleep, on the other hand, may also have the same effect on your body. To deal with hunger as you try to lose weight, aim to get eight or seven hours of sleep daily.
Drink Lots Of Water
Water is by far the most underrated appetite suppressant. Basically, inadequate intake of water leads to dehydration and, of course, extreme thirst.
And, since signs of hunger and thirst are quite similar, people will often eat, instead of drinking.
Aside from eliminating a false feeling of being hungry, drinking water can also be beneficial to your body in a variety ways.
After all, it is an essential fluid that is needed by almost all the organs in your body. Water regulates your body’s functions by flushing out toxins, as well as, carrying nutrients to your cells.
Another trick is to drink a full glass of water before each meal, this will allow you eat less and control intake.
Take note of the times when you feel hungry, and plan your snacks and meals accordingly.
For instance, if you always feel hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon, schedule a light snack at 3:30 pm. Also, don’t forget to include a glass of water with your snack.
For some eating comes from habit. For example, some people snack all day, they munch on chips, nuts, candy and other snack foods.
Breaking habits takes effort and planning as well, in being conscious of when and what you eat. Keep a journal and devise a plan where you control what you eat and how often.
Late night eating is another bad habit, as this usually means eating right before going to bed.
Change routines, and do something instead of eating late, like, taking a bath, going for a walk around the block, listening to some music, or a meditation or motivational CD.
Replace the eating habit with another and retrain your mind away from hunger and the bad habit of eating late at night.
The good news is that healthy cooking doesn't have to be difficult or boring.
With just a few small changes you can make a big difference in the health of you and your family.
You can learn more here about the specific steps you need to know for how to learn healthy cooking.
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