If you are on a weight loss program and experiencing more hunger than you can handle, figuring out a way to deal with this hunger will be imperative to your success.
Those who are not able to get control over it will be that much more likely to binge on foods they shouldn’t eat, which will then completely take away from all success they could be seeing.
So let’s go over the top tips that you should keep in mind that will help you put an end to your hunger in a hurry.
Sip hot beverages – first, consider sipping some hot beverages whenever the hunger bug strikes. Hot liquids have a tendency to calm hunger more than cold ones do and they’ll fill up the stomach in the process. Just be sure that whatever hot liquid you choose, it’s one that doesn’t contain calories. You don’t want to take in any liquid calories on your weight loss program as that will very likely put you over your daily target.
Most individuals will not eat less food when they drink beverage calories.
Chew gum – moving along, also consider chewing some gum if hunger hits and you aren’t supposed to have a meal or snack. In some cases, your hunger is nothing more than a desire to have something in your mouth, so chewing gum can help you get past this. If you opt for peppermint gum, it can also have appetite suppressing benefits as well, plus with that minty taste in your mouth, you’ll lose your craving for whatever food it was that you were desiring.
Just be sure to choose sugar-free gum so that you aren’t taking in calories in the process.
Get active – getting some activity in can also help to combat your hunger. This tip works double time because not only can it prevent you from taking calories in, thus increasing your daily total in that regard, but it can also help you burn more calories off as you go about your day.
Since weight loss is dictated by calories consumed versus calories burned off, you can imagine how this will really help promote faster results. Next time hunger strikes, get out and go for a 10-minute brisk walk. You might just find that when you get back, you’re no longer hungry.
Assess your meal composition – it’s also a wise move to start looking at the meal composition that you are using. Are you eating enough lean protein? Do you have dietary fat in your diet plan? Each nutrient has a different impact on hunger, so choosing the right nutrient combination can also promote more hunger rather than decrease it.
For optimal results, you should be aiming to have a higher protein intake with a small dose of healthy fats along with some dietary fiber from vegetables. This meal combination is going to best help calm those hunger pains in a hurry, making it easy for you to stay the course on your diet plan.
On the flip side of the coin, a meal that is comprised of mostly carbohydrates – with little protein – is going to encourage even more hunger, so that is what you want to stay away from.
So keep these quick tips in mind next time you find yourself feeling hungry on your weight loss diet plan. Keep in mind that some hunger is definitely normal to experience as you diet, but if that hunger is completely out of control, then it’s time to take action to get it under control better.
Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer.