Do you suffer from hunger while on a fat loss diet? If so, you are not alone. Hunger is one of the reasons most people fail to stick to a diet plan when trying to lose weight.
You probably find yourself giving in to hunger or cravings despite a strong will power. The key to successful weight loss is knowing how to beat hunger rather than resisting it.
Here are 3 simple tips to beat hunger and keep it at bay…
1. Get enough sleep
When you are lacking in sleep, you tend to feel hungry and crave for sugary foods and simple carbs. Insufficient sleep has negative effects on 3 hormones in the body. It:
– increases cortisol secretion
– increases ghrelin secretion
– decreases leptin secretion
These hormonal changes result in increased hunger and appetite for high calorie foods.
2. Stay hydrated
Thirst can be mistaken for hunger. Drink at least 8 glasses (8-ounce) of water a day. You will need to increase your water intake if you exercise, live in hot and humid climate or have diarrhea.
Limit your intake of coffee and alcohol as they are diuretics that increase urination.
High fiber foods are bulky and filling. They take longer to chew and digest, which keep you satiated. Good sources of high fiber foods are fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.
A great way to beat hunger is to have a high fiber food with every meal. It fills you up quickly and curbs your appetite.