Changing your dietary habits can take time, and the process of creating newer, healthier habits can be fraught with challenges. One of those challenges is your appetite. Knowing what you should eat and when you should eat is helpful, but what do you do when your appetite says otherwise? These tips can help you gain control over your cravings, so that you can lose weight without feeling hungry all the time.
Don’t wait until you’re starving. If you let yourself become ravenous, you’re much more likely to over-indulge in too many calories or the wrong type of food. Have a low-calorie, high-fiber snack in between meals to stave off hunger.
Eat slowly. It takes about twenty minutes for your brain to catch up, and realize that your stomach is full. If you eat too quickly, you could also eat too much. So take your time, sip water in between bites, set down your fork periodically, and enjoy conversation with your dinner companion.
Don’t leave home hungry. Have a light, filling snack (that fiber again) before you leave home to run errands. Otherwise you could become overly hungry and feel tempted to hit the nearest drive-through.
Don’t confuse thirst with hunger. Sometimes when we’re very thirsty, we confuse those cues for hunger. Stay hydrated by carrying a refillable water bottle, and sip on it regularly.
Eat foods that are low on the glycemic index. High glycemic foods (those containing lots of sugars and starches) are digested quickly, dumping all of the calories into your bloodstream at once. This leads to a quick burst of energy followed by a crash… and food cravings. Eating low glycemic foods helps your metabolism burn slowly and evenly, preventing cravings. Choose foods that are high in protein and fiber, and low in simple carbohydrates.
If you need help putting together a dietary plan, give us a call. We can craft a strategy to help you lose weight healthfully, without feeling hungry all the time.