One of the most discouraging side effects of starting a new diet is the constant feeling of hunger throughout the day. Hunger is distracting and frustrating to deal with, especially when you know that eating would go against the dietary restrictions that you have set for yourself. When you finally do eat, it is not to the satisfaction of your stomach and it continues to growl soon after finishing your meal. How do you break this vicious cycle and avoid breaking your diet? Here are some simple tips for curbing your appetite and keeping on the right track with your healthy diet.
- Be smart with your diet
There are so many diets trending right now, and new diets emerging every day it seems. Do you choose keto, gluten-free, Whole30, or a liquid diet? Don’t choose an entirely vegetable diet if you only actually will eat 2 kinds of vegetables. It is important to choose a diet that will work with your schedule, preferences, and health goals. Know that this will be different person to person and you should not compare your results of the diet to a friend or coworker on the same diet.
- Chew your food slower
There has probably been a time in your life where you overate and felt so uncomfortably full that you thought you would never eat again. You wonder how that happened when you did not feel full while you were eating. This is because it takes 20-30 minutes for your body to relay to your brain that you are full. Eating slower and waiting before going for seconds will allow your body to analyze how full you really still are. Overeating is what leads to weight gain, so take the time and slow down to enjoy your food.
- Protein is powerful
You have certainly heard about the importance of having a sufficient source of protein in your diet before and there is a reason for this. Protein helps you feel fuller and is an essential nutrient to ingest after working out. Not only that, protein boosts your metabolism, which aids in breaking down food rather than storing it as fat. This is a key ingredient to losing body fat and feeling fuller, resulting in less overeating.
- Identify emotional eating
More often than we like to admit, we are eating out of boredom or to satisfy some other emotion. People eat when they are nervous, anxious, angry, sad, or relatively any other emotion. We associate eating our favorite foods with happiness and comfort and like the familiar feeling that eating provides us. The important thing to do is to recognize when you are eating because you are hungry or simply for another emotional reason. When you acknowledge the reason behind your eating, you can be conscious about ignoring it if it is for the wrong reasons.
Unless you are a nutritionist or wellness expert, it is not expected that you would fully understand every aspect of weight loss and healthy eating. Living a healthy lifestyle takes research and determination. Consulting a dietitian or health professional is a great place to start to educate yourself on how to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle.