TUESDAY TIP – STOP FEELING HUNGRY
STOP BEING A SLAVE TO YOUR STOMACH.
Here are a few simple tricks to calm your hunger hormones between meals and help you learn the difference between “real” hunger and hunger that comes more from habit, boredom, or thirst.
- REACH FOR WATER FIRST
When appetite hits unexpectedly, reach for an ice-cold glass of water. Dehydration or thirst can make us think we’re hungry when we really just need some good old hydration.
Studies show that people who drink water prior to a meal consume 75-90 fewer calories.
- TRY QUICK BURSTS OF EXERCISE
Mounting research also points to the appetite-suppressing role of high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
As little as two minutes of all-out exercise can be all it takes to control your hunger, as your levels of grehlin aka “the hunger hormone” are reduced.
- FOCUS ON PROTEIN
Your body needs protein to build muscle mass, but protein can also be very helpful in suppressing appetite.
Protein takes the longest to digest and produces the greatest feelings of satiety and guards your lean muscle mass, one of the primary drivers of your metabolism.
Research shows that people who consume higher amounts of protein tend to consume fewer calories overall.
- THINK HIGH VOLUME, LOW CALORIES
Just like water can help fill your stomach and prevent overeating at meals, so can filling up on high-volume, low calorie foods such as raw salads, water-based soups, and raw/steamed vegetables.
The idea is that once you load up on low calorie foods you won’t be nearly as hungry for higher calorie foods.