Nobody likes feeling hungry. But who doesn’t love watching the number on the scale or tape measure get smaller and smaller? Follow these four quick tips to keep your healthy eating habits on track without battling a grumbling tummy.
1. Drink More Water.
Did you know: sometimes the physical symptoms that our brains interpret as hunger are actually signs of thirst? The next time you get the munchies, try grabbing a glass of water instead of a snack. Water is an essential component of your body’s makeup, and your metabolism can’t function without it. It’s important to make sure you’re drinking enough water on a daily basis. Try keeping a water bottle at your desk, in your handbag and in the car to make sure you always have some water to sip on throughout the day
2. Turn up the Volume.
Studies have shown that most people have a specific “set point” for food intake, so simply eating less volume can trigger hunger. That’s where Jenny Craig’s healthy approach adding plenty of free-foods to your Jenny meal can make a big difference. By eating a higher volume of foods that are lower in kilojoules, like non-starchy vegetables, you can reduce your kilojoule intake while still feeling full and satisfied. Better still: you’ll naturally create meals that are high in vitamins and minerals.
3. Get Moving.
You already know that exercise is good for you. It releases feel-good endorphins, supports a healthy heart and helps to prevent disease. Although you might feel a bit hungrier right after beginning a workout program, in the long run, people who exercise on a regular basis not only have better appetite control—they tend to make healthier food choices, and are more successful at maintaining a healthy weight over time.
4. Press Pause.
It’s also important to recognise the difference between true hunger and a craving. Hunger is a physiological request from your body for you to give it fuel. If your blood sugar is low, or it’s been more than four hours since your last meal, you probably ARE hungry. But if you’re just hitting a mid-afternoon, mmmm-chocolate-sound-amazing slump, that’s not hunger—that’s a craving. Studies show that if you don’t cave in, cravings usually pass in about 10-15 minutes. Make a cup of tea, take a quick walk or scroll through social media get your mind focused on something else.