Hey Angels and Alphas,
When you’re on a diet, it can be tough to stay focused on your weight loss goals. One of the best ways to do that?
Manage your appetite so you’re less tempted to indulge in foods that could stall your progress, or worse, cause you to gain weight back after your diet is over.
Here are 5 tips for curbing your appetite to achieve weight loss success.
Tip 1 – Use smaller plates
You can trick your brain into thinking you’re eating more than you are by using smaller plates. Studies have shown that people who use smaller plates tend to eat less overall.
So, the next time you’re feeling hungry, try using a smaller plate to help control your portions. Plus, it’ll be easier to see how much food is on your plate and this may stop you from overeating before realizing what’s happening.
In addition, set an alarm on your phone every hour as a reminder to check in with yourself and see if you need more water or food at that point in time. If not, then it’s okay to wait until the next alarm goes off before consuming any additional calories.
Tip 2 – Eat more slowly
If you’re always eating on the go or scarfing down your food, it’s time to slow things down. Eating more slowly has been shown to help people eat less and feel more satisfied.
It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you’re full, so take your time! Put your fork down between bites, chew thoroughly, and savor each mouthful. Slowing down will give your body a chance to send the “I’m full” signal before you overeat.
Tip 3 – Chew more thoroughly
We’ve all been there – we’re ravenous and ready to devour whatever is in front of us. But if you can slow down and take the time to chew your food more thoroughly, you’ll actually end up eating less.
That’s because it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you’re full, so by the time you finish chewing, you may not be as hungry as you were when you started. And fewer calories consumed means weight loss success!
Tip 4 – Consume meals that contain all three major nutrient groups
You’ve probably heard the saying, you are what you eat. Well, it turns out there’s some truth to that. The foods you consume play a role in how your body feels and functions. That’s why when you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to pay attention to not only the calories you’re consuming, but also the nutrients.
By making sure your meal consists of all three major nutrient groups – protein, carbohydrates, and fats, you’ll be giving your body everything that it needs to feel satiated, satisfied, and stave off hunger for longer.
Tip 5 – Drink water between meals
Drinking water between meals can help you feel fuller and more satisfied, helping to control your appetite. Plus, it’s a great way to stay hydrated, which is important for overall health. Try carrying a water bottle with you throughout the day and sipping on it regularly.
You’ll soon find that drinking water becomes an automatic behavior that will help curb hunger pangs. You may also want to try substituting other drinks, such as juice or soda, with water in order to eliminate excess calories. In addition, chewing gum or taking small bites of fresh fruit can also be helpful alternatives when you’re feeling hungry and need something healthy to eat.