How To Reduce Hunger
When you try to lose weight, you may find yourself preoccupied with food almost all of your waking hours. There are many reasons people eat besides hunger, but hunger is undoubtedly a feeling that is more difficult to control because it is physiological. Here are a few tips to help you feel full until it’s time to eat on schedule or the next snack:
- 1) Be sure to eat all the foods that permitted in your healthy diet plan. If you miss meals or skimp on portions, you tend to be hungry before the time to eat again.
- 2) Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast! I can’t say this enough. It seems counterproductive when you start eating breakfast and find yourself more hungry in the morning than usual. But eating more in the morning helps reduce your hunger than during the day, and nighttime is when people are more likely to overeat.
- Even if you add a morning snack when hunger hits, it’s likely to prevent you from eating two or three times more calories in the afternoon-through-bedtime period. The best breakfast is a combination of grains (cereal or toast) and lean protein (skim milk, low-fat cheese or cottage cheese, or egg white).
- 3) Eat low-calorie foods and drinks, and the more vegetables you eat, the faster you will be full. Fruits and vegetables contain lots of fiber and water, so they will keep your stomach full for some time (although fruit can add significant calories when eaten in large quantities – especially dried fruits). Eating foods like pretzels, cakes, sweets, or soda will only give you immediate satisfaction, and you will want more in just about two hours.
- 4) Have some beans – only a few. About 6-10 of any seeds will stimulate hormones in your body to reduce hunger for the next 20 minutes. This is a good tip to use about half an hour before going to lunch, dinner or party. You will not feel hungry and tempted to overeat when you see food!
- 5) Maintain a healthy balance in other aspects of your life. Things that can increase your desire to eat include feeling stressed, not getting enough sleep, or not exercising enough. Fight for the balance of these things and don’t focus specifically on weight loss as long as you forget what it means to have a healthy balance in your life!
- 6) Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and other drinks during the day. When you start dehydrating, your brain will send a signal to stimulate you to drink which sometimes interpreted as “time to eat.” Try drinking a glass of water when you start thinking about eating. That might work!