If you are trying to lose weight, keeping your calorie count down is very important. If you take in more calories than you burn, those calories will be converted to fat. If you are struggling with weight loss because you are always hungry, there are a few tips that you can follow to feel full without overeating.
It takes about 15 minutes for your brain to get the signal from your stomach that you are full. If you eat too fast, you overeat before your brain gets the signal. Not only will you feel too full and bloated, you will also have consumed too many calories. If you eat slow, your brain will have time to get the message before you overeat. If you are struggling to slow down when you eat, you should put your fork down after each bite.
Don’t Eat Distracted
When you are eating, your brain needs to get the signal that your stomach is full. If you are watching television or reading while you eat, your brain will be too focused on everything else to get the message in time. When you eat, it is best to focus only on your meal.
Fill Up On Protein
Protein is a natural appetite suppressant. For breakfast, you should try loading up on protein. One breakfast food that is loaded with protein is eggs. If you have the time, you can make scrambled eggs or an omelet. If you don’t have much time, you can make a couple hard boiled eggs and take them with you. This should keep you from feeling hungry until lunch. If you often get hungry between lunch and dinner, you should have a protein shake or a protein bar.
Fill Up Before Each Meal
If you fill up before you start eating, you will be less likely to overeat. One way to do this is by drinking an 8-ounce glass of water before your meal. Water is filling and it has no calories. You can also eat celery before you eat your meal. Celery is very filling and it only has 6 calories per stalk.
Eat Your Meals at the Right Time
The time of day that you eat and the portion size for each meal has a lot to do with whether or not you will be able to meet your weight loss goal. Your biggest meal of the day should be breakfast. It will give you the energy that you need to start your day and you will have all day to burn off the calories that you consumed. Dinner should be eaten in the late afternoon rather than in the evening. It should also be the smallest meal that you eat. Most people relax in front of the television after dinner. Doing this won’t allow you to burn any calories before you go to bed. If you eat a small, early dinner, you will have time to burn the excess calories. Finally, you should always avoid having a midnight snack, even if it is healthy.
If you know how to control your portions and burn off what you eat, you should have an excellent chance of losing weight.