Being hungry is the worst when you’re looking to lose weight. Here are 5 handy tricks that can cut the rumbles!
Have you ever heard someone ask you if you’ve drunk enough water when your stomach gurgles? You think, well duh, I’m hungry not thirsty! Well they could actually be right. When you’re dehydrated, your body calls out for a way to rehydrate itself. Food actually contains more water than you would think, so it’s no wonder your stomach tells you it wants something to munch on! If you drink water instead, you’ll be quenching your thirst and stopping some of those dreaded hunger sensations. It’s a no brainer!
If you follow our blog, you’ve probably got the idea that we love protein (as part of a balanced diet, of course!). Protein is complex for our bodies to break down. This means it takes longer to digest and you’ll start to feel hungry a while after. Eat protein for breakfast and you’ll feel fuller for longer throughout the day. One study has also showed that eating protein actually reduces neural signals for hunger (1). It lessens the hunger hormone, ghrelin – talk about a diet secret!
Cut out sugar
Sugar, sugar, sugar. It seems to be the talk of the town – it’s hard not to stay away but it has bad effects on your metabolism. Sugar highs and lows are a thing. If you eat a sugary food, it gives you a spike of energy. When you’ve used up this energy, you leave your body wanting more. This desire is hunger. By eating wholesome foods such a complex carbs and protein, your blood sugar will be kept at a steady level. This way you won’t crave energy, but will be energised throughout the day.
As well as protein, fibre is hard to digest. Not only that, but many fibrous foods (such as veg) are low in calories. This means that you can eat as many as you want without feeling guilty. So if you’re feeling hungry in between meal times, try having some carrots with hummus or almond butter!
Eating is a great way to banish boredom. Sadly, this won’t help your diet. By staying busy food won’t be on your mind and you’ll only be reminded to eat when your body actually needs it. Cut out those lazy days and try to be more active in your lifestyle!