Hunger pangs are the biggest challenge that one faces in their journey to lose weight. Though, some people are able to curb the little monsters growling in their stomach; more often than not, others find themselves giving in to these monsters. However, all is not lost!
Here are some proven ways to curb those hunger pangs, in order to help you realise your weight loss goals.
1) Drinking Water
According to experts, thirst is often misunderstood as hunger. So the next time you feel hungry, drink a glass of room temperature water. Ensure that you do not quench your thirst with other fluids such as alcoholic drinks, carbonated water, artificially- sweetened drinks, buttermilk, sweet lime, black coffee and green tea.
2) Chewing Gum
Chewing gum keeps your mouth busy and tricks your brain into believing that you are eating something. It helps you to avoid bing-eating on unhealthy products such as processed food and fried snacks. So, always keep a strip of chewing gum ready at all times.
Contrary to popular belief, exercising suppresses your appetite and helps you control your hunger pangs. Complementing a regular exercise regime with a balanced diet is the best way to curb hunger pangs and ensure that you meet your weight loss goals.
4) Eating Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The body needs the nutrients that breakfast offers after being hungry through the night. If one skips breakfast, they are actually hungry throughout the day thereby giving an open invitation to those unwelcome hunger pangs, which ultimately lead to binge-eating and subsequently weight gain.
5) Spice up your Meals
Though opting for bland foods during your weight loss journey is a good idea, replacing them with a regular bowl of lentils is an even better one. Spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, etc., that we generally use to cook food, have weight-loss properties. Ditching these spices altogether will lead to an unsatisfactory food intake and inevitably cause hunger pangs.
6) Eating Protein
Proteins keep you full longer as they take more time to break down and get absorbed by the body. Plan a protein-rich meal choosing from several natural options such as chickpeas, yogurt, peanuts, cottage cheese, buttermilk, eggs, fish, lentils etc.
7) Smart Snacking
Snacking per say is not a bad thing. In fact, snacking at regular intervals can help control hunger pangs. The only thing one needs to keep in mind is to snack smartly. Watch out for the sugar content of the snacks you choose to ensure a healthy choice.
8) Mindful Eating
Being aware and mindful of what you are eating helps you relish the food that you are having, without feeling guilty. The experience of slow eating, while being aware as every morsel stays longer with you keeps you feel full for longer. Try eating with your hands whenever possible.
If in spite of adopting all these tricks, you are still experiencing hunger pangs, then there might be a medical reason behind it. Get it checked immediately.