Trainer Topics: 4 Ways to Reduce the Hunger Hurdle
Change is hard. When you are used to eating a certain way, changing your habits can be a struggle.
If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you’re consuming (this is called being in a calorie deficit). That means you are increasing your activity levels, eating a little less or a combination of both.
It becomes more challenging the longer you’re dieting and the bigger calorie deficit you’re in.
Why? Because you will be hungry!
There are no magic foods or pills that will make you skinny. So, eating the right amount of food for your body type is important. Getting the right amount of each macronutrient is essential to meeting your nutritional goals.
With that in mind, there are some other important ways to help you get around that hunger hurdle:
1. Plan your day in advance. Prepare nutrient-dense meals and snacks to keep you feeling full for longer, without adding significant calories so you can truly maximize your calorie budget.
2. Eat plenty of fibre. Fibre slows the digestion process, keeping you feeling full for longer. However, too much fibre can lead to bloating, especially if you’re not consuming an adequate amount of water, so as a general rule, aim for 10-15g of fibre per 1000 calories consumed.
3. Drink plenty of water. Staying well-hydrated will ensure you aren’t confusing thirst for hunger, helping you to avoid overeating.
4. Get enough sleep. With too little sleep, your appetite can increase, while hormones associated with fullness can decrease.
Don’t let hunger get the better of you. Use the tips above to reduce and manage it.