It’s an unfortunate fact that if you want to slim down you need to reduce the amount of calories you’re consuming compared to those you are expending during exercise. The problem is that cutting down on the type and amount of food you consume can leave you with regular cravings that can really distract you from what you are trying to achieve.
Here are 10 tips to help you curb those cravings whilst successfully slimming down.
Don’t Skip Breakfast!
If you wake up and find that you are not so hungry, and think it might be conducive to your diet goals to just skip breakfast, then think again! Breakfast is a very important meal as it is needed to kickstart your metabolism and get you burning calories, as well as fuel you for your day ahead. This doesn’t mean you have to eat a huge breakfast, especially if you are not feeling hungry, but a small bowl of porridge or a banana and yogurt is a great way to start your day on the right foot.
Smaller Meals, More Often!
We live in a society that has been trained to think that 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, is the healthy and normal way of eating. This is just not so. Firstly if you eat like this, chances are by the time you get to your meal you will be very hungry and much more likely to overeat. The other reason is that we need energy constantly throughout our day, active people even more so, it takes roughly 1.5-3 hours to digest a meal, so you should be having small meals every 3-4 hours. This way you are not over eating and you won’t be tempted to snack on a donut or chips!
Drink, Drink, Drink! – Water that is!
A lot of the time when we think we are hungry, we are actually dehydrated. We really need to be drinking about 8 glasses of water a day (about ½ a gallon). So if you notice that you have some hunger twinges, grab yourself a glass of water, drink it all and then see how you feel.
Green tea actually helps stimulate the metabolism and works with you to burn fat. So have a hot cuppa next to you as you work, to help you stave off those cravings in between each meal. Remember to avoid adding sugar or honey, and make sure you don’t buy teabags that already have them added, it may be tempting but it defeats the purpose.
Aim For Low GI
If you haven’t heard this term before, low GI actually refers to the way in which your body generates insulin in response to eating foods. High GI foods create a higher surge of insulin which then leaves you feeling lethargic and craving more food. Low GI foods however have a slow release of insulin and help you feel fuller for longer!
Eat Plenty Of Protein
Protein is a great way to curb those cravings because it helps keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer periods. There are lots of healthy ways to get a protein hit, such as egg whites, lean meats, nuts, seeds and yogurt. So try to incorporate protein into each of your small meals to help you feel full and satisfied all day long.
Complex carbs instead of simple carbs are the healthiest option, no matter what your diet goals are. Not only do they help you feel fuller for longer, they are higher in essential nutrients and are less likely to be stored as fat.
Get Up And Move
Often hunger cravings come with boredom. So if you are sitting at your desk and find yourself dreaming of cupcakes, get up and go for a quick walk. Even if it’s just to the toilet of around the office, this will distract you and get your body moving and stimulate endorphin production.
There is a reason you have chosen to slim down, so remind yourself! Leave yourself friendly post-it messages or even take photos of yourself so you can see the results of your diet as they are occurring!
Tell Your Friends
There is no better motivation to stay on track than to tell your friends, family and colleagues about your goals. This way you will be more inclined to stick to your plan, because everyone else is watching, and you want them to see you succeed!