For some dieters, “How do I keep the weight off?” is more a matter of “How do I keep from eating?” Feeling hungry all the time is not enjoyable, and it’s a big reason many people break their diet. So what can you do to manage that hunger? What can you do to stay on track? Here are the top three tricks:
Eat frequently throughout the day. No, we don’t mean stuffing yourself with an extra meal before bed or chowing down on junk food nonstop to keep the hunger at bay. Instead, we recommend eating small, healthy snacks from your diet plan every couple of hours. The trick is to snack BEFORE you start feeling ravenous – and before you reach for that unhealthy candy bar or greasy bag of chips. Depending on your diet plan and taste preferences, there’s no shortage of low-calorie snacks you can try. A sweet piece of fruit, a crunchy carrot, a serving of low-fat yogurt, a rice cake, a handful of nuts – eating any of these will help you keep your mind off your stomach until mealtime. Your diet plan might offer other healthy options to keep you feeling satiated until it really is time to eat a meal. Your physician, too, is a good source of snack ideas! Whatever healthy snack you like, be sure to keep it close at hand. That way, you won’t be tempted to reach for something worse.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. Your mom was right. You need to eat more fruits and vegetables! We really can’t recommend them enough. Go ahead, fill your plate with them! Lots of times, we eat what’s on our plate, no matter what’s on it. But if your plate is filled with low-calorie, nutrient-rich vegetables, that’s not a problem at all. You’ll still feel full, and you’ll also be full of the vitamins, and minerals and fiber you need at a fraction of the calories and fat of “super-sized” meals.
Drink plenty of water. Many diet plans recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Filling up your stomach with a large glass of water will help you feel fuller for longer – in addition to water’s numerous other benefits!