When you first start eating a new diet, your stomach will likely be hungry, wanting you to eat much more food than you actually need. This is especially true if you are attempting to reduce your calories more than 500 calories. The trick is to feed you the right calories, at the right time. This alone will greatly reduce those annoying hunger pangs.
First, you must eat real foods, reducing processed foods. This is vital to your health and weight loss attempts. In fact, people have gotten so used to eating processed foods; most people do not even know what real food looks like. Kids often will not consume a simple vegetable all week, and parents do not fight to get their children to eat better. The key to lasting weight loss is real food. A natural, whole diet will produce lasting weight loss without the need to diet.
Secondly, it is important when eating make sure to include a protein and healthy fat in all meals and snacks. It will keep you feeling fuller longer, and less likely to binge or over eat in between meals. With your meals and snacks, it is helpful to eat a lot of vegetables. Vegetables are wonderful, because they have very few calories, yet create bulk in your meals making you feel fuller longer. They also give you a lot of fiber, vitamins and minerals. The experts urge everyone to eat the colors of the rainbow in veggies, each and every day.
Another strategy that helps is to avoid both artificial sweeteners and sugar in your diet. Sugar raises your blood sugar, causing hunger and making your feel famished. If you must eat sweets, learn to limit yourself to one to two bites of desserts each time.
When you eat focus on eat alone. Many people multitask when eat, it is important to be able to use all five senses when eating. Stop watching TV, or answering email when eating. This will lead to your body not feeling fed, leading to more hunger later in the day.
Getting enough sleep and water is so important to keeping your hunger at bay. Experts urge that these can lead to excessive hunger faster than any other reason. Every adult needs seven hours of sleep and night. Your water intake should be half your body weight, every day.
Following these simple tips should help your hunger issues when starting a new diet. Changing your diet will result in some hunger issues at first, however, if you keep the course you will feel amazing, have a reduced amount of hunger, and be leaner and feel better than you have in years. If you must eat, a good choice is vegetables with a protein like a yogurt, cheese or peanut butter. You do not have to live with being the ‘hungry girl’ or feel like you are participating in the ‘Hunger Games’.
When you started eating healthy, did you have more hunger than usual? How did you address it? Did it go away?