Hunger is your body's way of letting you know that you need to eat, but your body can often falsely convince you that you're hungry
If your body is telling you that you're hungry, but you know (for example) it's actually that you are bored, then there are some great ways to stop the hunger cravings. You obviously shouldn't fight those cravings if you are actually hungry though...missing meals will only mess with your metabolism and cause problems for your body.
If you want to know how you can stop (or even prevent) your unnecessary hunger cravings then read on:
1. Drink plenty of water
I talk about hydration a lot, but that's because it is crucial to keep your body hydrated. People often confuse thirst for hunger and eat a snack when all their body wanted was a drink.
By keeping yourself hydrated you will prevent this from happening, resulting in fewer unnecessary hunger cravings.
2. Always eat breakfast
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It's a common myth that skipping breakfast will help you to lose weight; this is not true. By skipping breakfast you are actually causing a negative impact on your metabolism because missing a meal will slow your metabolism as your body won't know when to expect the next meal.
Eating breakfast every day will mean that you start the day with a good meal inside you, and you'll be far less likely to feel those hunger cravings sneaking in. The best breakfast to combat hunger throughout the day is either porridge or eggs. Both of these will keep your hunger at bay.
3. Eat more protein
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Lean protein, such as poultry, fish and eggs is not only great for helping to repair and build your muscles; it can also help to make you feel full for longer. By eating a good source of lean protein for lunch or breakfast, you will curb your hunger cravings for the day.
In a recent study
from Purdue University, female participants who took in approximately 30% of their calories from lean protein felt more satisfied, and maintained muscle mass better than another group who ate less protein.
4. Eat spicy foods
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Eating spicy foods, like hot sauces, can help to prevent hunger cravings as the burning sensation caused by the hot sauce forces you to eat your meal at a slower pace. This helps you to eat less because it gives your stomach time to signal to your brain that you are full according to Selene Yeager's The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies
.So to prevent the hunger cravings starting, eat some spicy food at lunch time to get you through the day.
5. Eat more fibre
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Fibre is essential for that full feeling which will help to prevent hunger cravings. Foods you can add to your meals which contain a large amount of fibre are broccoli, cabbage and other leafy green vegetables, kidney beans, broad beans, chickpeas, potato and avocado.
If the hunger cravings have already started however, then eating an apple will help to suppress them as apples contain a large amount of fibre.
6. Eat more healthy fats
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Not all fat is bad!
Fat slows the rate at which your stomach and intestines digest food, and, although many people believe that animal fat (the bad stuff) is the best at doing this; one of the most beneficial foods for this is avocado, which contains a huge amount of healthy fat, and also happens to be a great food for weight loss!
7. Stay active
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If you are busy, whether it's with exercising, working or running around after your children, your mind will have other things to focus on, meaning that your body will not falsely convince you that you're hungry. You will only feel hungry when it's true hunger.
8. Eat slower
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If you're feeling hungry (whether it's real or false), it's tempting to rush your meal to fill yourself up as soon as possible. This won't work though as it takes your brain 12 minutes to receive the message that you are full, so eating slower is actually more beneficial as, if you rush your meal, you are likely to still feel hungry afterwards, meaning that you might reach for more food.
Eating slower will give your brain time to realise you are full, which will result in fewer hunger cravings for the rest of the day.
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