How To Feel Full On Fewer Calories
If you’ve ever been on a reduced-calorie diet, you’ll know that one of the biggest issues that you face is not feeling full throughout the day. In this article we’ll discuss some strategies to stop you from succumbing to overeating when you are on a mission to lose weight by consuming fewer calories.
Fill Up On Fibre
Getting plenty of fibre is a great way to stay feeling full. You will find it in abundance in fruits, vegetables and whole grain complex carbohydrates. Whilst the body cannot fully digest fibre, it will bulk up your meals, meaning that you stay feeling full for longer. Fibre can prevent you from overeating as it takes longer to chew, which in turn slows down the speed that you eat, allowing your brain to assess how satiated you are.
Hydrate With Water
In conjunction with smaller portion sizes, staying hydrated can help you to lose weight. Drinking water before meals, is one of the best times to drink water as it fills your stomach, making it harder for you to overeat. Another trick is to drink water when you think you are hungry, as feeling thirsty is often mistaken for feeling hungry. Carrying a reusable water bottle like the 2.2 litre Gym Keg, will help you to stay hydrated throughout the day. Sip water as and when you need it.
Load Your Plate With Fruit And Vegetables
Generally speaking, you can eat a large amount of fruit and vegetables without going over your daily calorie target, as they contain large amounts of water and very few calories. Fresh fruit and vegetables are also full of fibre, which as already discussed, is great for facilitating weight loss.
Stock Up On Protein
Protein has been proven to be the most satiating macronutrient (more filling than either carbohydrates or fats). In order to stick to a reduced-calorie diet, it is paramount to feel satisfied over the course of the day. A great way to start the day is with a protein heavy breakfast.
The consumption of protein also helps you to preserve your lean muscle mass whilst the pounds drop off.
As a final tip, research has demonstrated that you can control food cravings by chewing gum. Try chewing on some sugar free gum next time you feel tempted to eat a high calorie snack or dessert.
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