If we are aiming to lose weight, it’s likely that that period of time is going to include moments of hunger. Just to be clear, this is not what we are saying:
- The more you starve yourself, the better your results
- It’s ok to be hungry all the time, suck it up
- The goal is to eat as little as possible
If you are 'hangry' all hours of the day, if you feel sluggish or low in energy, or you have found yourself overconsuming food one day and then compensating the next, then this blog IS NOT FOR YOU. If this is you, chances are your diet is not set up properly, and you’re trying to consume too little or train too much. That’s outside of the scope of a blog and is a pretty good indication that you should speak to a professional.
This blog is talking about that slightly uncomfortable feeling that might occur between afternoon tea and dinner. Here are my top tips to combat that, and help achieve our goals without unnecessary stress.
We wrote a whole blog on this topic so make sure you head back and read that, but basically, protein helps fill us up, so you want to include it at every meal and snack, regardless of whether your goals are weight loss or muscle gain.
This is really just a good recommendation for life. Drink however much water you need to drink to keep your urine a light straw colour. This is helpful for the billions of chemical processes taking place in your body, but also because thirst can sometimes be misinterpreted as hunger. Staying well hydrated helps avoid this!
Eat Your Vegetables
Non-starchy vegetables (anything that’s not a potato) are so low in calories that you can pretty much eat as much of them as you want. The extra fibre and water they contain are going to help fill you up and reduces your feelings of hunger throughout the day. So basically, there’s no such thing as too many zoodles.
One really good way to reduce hunger is to make sure we’re eating consistently. Going longer than 3-4 hours without food can lead to us reaching for that chocolate bar or bag of chips. Instead, make sure your fridge is well stocked with healthy meals and snacks. It might require some meal prep, but it’s a critical part of staying on track.
As a society, we are conditioned to never be hungry. We’re lucky enough to be surrounded by food 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So rather than being a bit uncomfortable, we rush out and grab a muffin. Instead, next time your stomach starts to rumble, ask yourself these questions: When did I last eat? What did I eat? When am I eating next? What am I eating?
If you can’t remember when you last ate, then EAT. But if you had a solid morning tea an hour ago, and your Tasty Thai Turkey Mince and sweet potato are waiting in the fridge for lunch, it’s probably ok to just be a little uncomfortable. Taking the time to stop and ask yourself these questions can help us learn to identify what is real hunger, and what is not!
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