Hunger is one of the biggest obstacles you’ll ever encounter when trying to lose weight. In fact, feeling ravenous is one of the factors that lead people to give up on their goals.
As you go on a diet, you eat fewer calories, and this will naturally make you feel hungry. Fortunately, there’s a solution to this “side effect” of dieting. To help you overcome feelings of hunger, you have to know the reasons behind them. From there, you can create a plan to help you resolve your concerns.
Here are some of the most common reasons people feel ravenous while trying to lose weight:
- Skipping Meals
It may seem intuitive to skip meals in order to lose weight, but this will do more harm than good. Each time you skip a meal, your body goes into starvation mode. This causes you to crave food, and the body to store fat.
- Eating Too Fast
It takes 20 minutes for the brain to get the message that your stomach is already full. If you eat too fast, your brain will still think that you’re hungry. If you’re feeling ravenous after an intense workout, resist the urge to eat quickly. Instead, chew your food longer, and you’ll feel the difference.
- Skimping on Protein
Food rich in protein takes longer for the body to digest. It also causes slow digestion of carbohydrates, resulting to stable levels of blood sugar and reduced feelings of hunger. Therefore, if you eat healthy portions of protein throughout the day, you have a better chance at curbing hunger.
- Feeling Stress
Stress causes your hormones to function improperly. When this happens, you experience sleep disorders and uncontrollable appetite. These two lead to feelings of constant hunger. So, don’t let stress get the best of you.
- Drinking less Water
Feeling ravenous is one of the symptoms of dehydration. If you’re feeling hungry, you might want to reach for a bottle of water first instead of a piece of Dulce De Leche cheesecake. If you’re dehydrated, the hungry feeling will go away as soon as you rehydrate your body with water.
You don’t have to suffer from hunger when trying to lose weight. Try these tricks, and you’ll begin to see improvements in your appetite. Another excellent way to curb hunger and cravings is to try Vitamin B-12 injections, Lipovite or HCG as an aid to losing weight.
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