Control Your Hunger for a Healthier You

 

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Why is it that most diets fail? I’d wager that it’s down to nothing more complicated than simple hunger. So many people believe that, if they want to lose weight, they have to seriously restrict their diets until they’re eating little more than small portions of fruits and vegetables with a little lean meat thrown into the mix. This might cause the weight to drop off, but it’s hardly sustainable; eventually, hunger will get the better of them, and they’ll rebound in spectacular style, going on the mother of all binges. This is most definitely the wrong way to go about things.

Fortunately, there is another way. It is perfectly possible to lose weight without falling into a pattern of extreme hunger followed by almighty binges. Here are some tips to help get you there:

Eat Only ‘Real’ Foods

By real foods, I mean natural whole foods. If it comes in a package with a list of ingredients longer than your arm, many of which you couldn’t even guess what they are, avoid them. Heavily processed pre-packaged foods are weird in that they contain a lot more calories than the same portions of healthy whole foods, but they do not fill us up anywhere near as much. So, if you do nothing else, cut out the junk food at least 80 percent of the time and concentrate on nourishing yourself with whole grains, legumes, and beans, fresh fish, chicken, turkey, and eggs. You’ll be able to lose weight without feeling so hungry that you can’t help but binge.

Eat Slowly and Mindfully

If you wolf down your food, your body won’t have time to register the fact that you’re full, which means it won’t be long before you’re hungry again (and tempted by the cookie jar). So, take the time to slow down and savor every bite, chewing each piece at least 20 times, so that your meal lasts at least 20 minutes (when fullness will register). You should find that, even though you’re eating less, you’ll feel fuller and you’ll enjoy your food a whole lot more too.

Try Lovidia

If you need a little extra help, Lovidia – a natural supplement which helps to keep hunger under control could help. It tells your gut’s food sensors that you’ve had enough so that you can go about your day without feeling the urge to snack between meals or eat too much for lunch.

Keep a Food Journal

Keeping a food journal of everything you eat might seem like a lot of effort, but if you do it, and you do it honestly, writing down not only what you eat, but how it makes you feel, you can identify foods which make you feel fuller and those which spur you to eat more. This enables you to make a few tweaks to your diet so that you’re less likely to get hungry and overeat.

Once you learn how to better control your hunger, it’s actually pretty easy to eat healthy most of the time, and you should be able to lose weight. You’ll also be able to have a little treat now and again, knowing that it won’t set a vicious cycle in motion.

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