Hunger pangs and cravings are every dieter’s worst nightmare.
You just spent the past week cutting calories and eating super healthy but then all of a sudden you become hungry like the wolf.
It’s almost like you become possessed and have no control over yourself.
The next thing you know you’ve raided the fridge, the cupboards and even the dreaded treat draw.
And then 30 minutes later you’re sat there wondering what the hell came over you.
What’s worse is that you now feel guilty as sin for ruining the dieting you’ve worked so hard on over the past week.
I can tell you right now that this has happened to me a bunch of times before.
I’m pretty sure it’s happened to anyone who’s tried to lose weight.
But thankfully there are ways to stop this from happening.
Here are 8 Ways To Stop Feeling So Hungry All The Time.
1.) Drink More Water
So we’ve all heard that we should be drinking more water to stay healthy but did you know that sometimes we confuse thirst for hunger?
So when you’re next feeling hungry you may not really be hungry just thirsty so try drinking a big glass of water. It works.
You should also drink 2 large bottles of water per day to stay hydrated, especially if you exercise regularly.
2.) Get Away From Food
One thing I find really helpful when I’m trying to lose weight and stop snacking is to go for a walk.
I just grab a bottle of water and my ipod and go for a stroll around the block.
Amazingly when I get home my hunger seems to have gone.
Lots of people who do intermittent fasting swear that the best way to lose weight is to do a workout when you feel hungry because your blood sugar levels are low and your body will start to burn fat for fuel quicker than it normally would.
If you think of it this way, being hungry is actually an opportunity to workout and burn off some fat!
3.) Cut Out Sugar
So we all know that sugar is bad for us right, but another reason to cut it out is because is fast digesting and passes through us so quick.
You get a burst of energy which quickly fades, leaving you feeling even hungrier than before.
Sugar from fruit is fine to eat though as it has nutritional value. Try to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg per day.
4.) Brush Your Teeth
Have you ever brushed your teeth and then drank a glass of orange juice?
It tastes disgusting doesn’t it?!
I learned this tip from my friend who told me that whenever she’s feels like eating something unhealthy she goes and spends a few minutes brushing her teeth and rinsing with mouthwash and she never wants to eat after that.
I find that this works rather well and it’s good for the teeth.
5.) Eat Slower
Did you know it takes around 20 minutes for your food to reach your stomach and for you to feel full.
But most of us gulp our food down in 5 and then say we still feel hungry.
A good tip is to put your fork down in between each mouthful just to prolong the meal and spread it out over 20 minutes.
By doing this you will feel much fuller than you usually do and wont feel the need to snack after a meal anymore.
6.) Eat More High Fiber Foods
Foods that are high in fiber are take longer to digest so they make you feel fuller for longer.
Did you know that high fiber foods can also help prevent constipation, hemorrhoids and even bowel cancer.
Here are some high fiber foods you should try and eat regularly.
- Red kidney beans
- Chia seeds
Instead of snacking on sugary chocolate and ice cream why not have some apple, blueberries and carrots instead.
It’s much healthier and will fill you up much more than junk food.
7.) Keep Busy
The worst time for a dieter when it comes to snacking is when we are doing nothing.
A lot of us snack out of boredom.
Have you ever been doing something and completely forgotten to eat?
You were so busy that you just didn’t feel hungry.
Hunger is more of a mental thing than it is physical and by doing things to keep busy we can keep our mind off of food.
Personally I find that anything that keeps me active keeps my mind off of food.
Recently I’ve been getting into guided meditation just for relaxation and other benefits.
One thing I have been doing is meditating when I feel hungry.
Anyone can do it, all you need to do is lie down somewhere comfortable with your headphones on and listen.
There are so many guided meditation audios out there and I’m trying lots of them out at the moment.
If you know of any good ones then leave a comment below.
Give meditation a try. I’ve found it pretty effective at curbing my hunger plus it helps to de-stress you and leave you feeling much calmer and refreshed.
Do you know of any other ways to suppress your appetite when you’re trying to lose weight?
Then share it with us by leaving a comment below!