Nothing feels better than having a full tummy. Nothing feels worse than being hungry all the time. Hunger is the enemy to weight loss. Diets that leave you feeling hungry or worse “hangry” are not sustainable. So how do you get that full feeling while still dropping pounds?
You can start by eating more foods that fill you up. Yes, I said eat more food! Eating more protein (my favorite macronutrient) and vegetables are the healthiest choices and with some practice preparing and cooking them will lead you to meals you find satisfying and delicious. Adding healthy fats and whole grain fiber rich carbohydrates also balance out your plates and can aid in digestion while achieving healthy weight loss. Protein will keep you fuller longer so be sure you are eating at least three to four servings every day.
Prepare to be hungry. If hunger is the enemy to weight loss you must be prepared to ward it off and not get caught off guard. Our culture makes it so easy to grab an unhealthy snack. They are conveniently located in vending machines, drive-thru windows, at check-out counters of any convenience store and so on. Where I always get hungry is the car so I keep a can of unsalted roasted almonds in the console. A quick palm full with water and the hunger almost immediately goes away.
Drinking lots of water is also beneficial. The recommended amount of ounces everyday is equal to half of your body weight, so if you weigh 150 pounds, 75 ounces of water is your daily target.
Finally, avoid eating sugar and by sugar I mean junk. If your blood sugar level is dropping, grab a piece of fruit, some nuts or a cheese stick. Try to avoid eating cookies, cakes, donuts, candy etc. While you may find your hunger goes away quickly, it’s a temporary fix and you’ll get hungrier and “hangrier” when that rush of sugar bliss wears off.
If fitness is part if your routine, you’ll need more food to fuel your muscles, that’s another article all together.
I have many sample meal plans and nutrition guides if you’d like more information on how you can balance out your daily diet.