The most common reason that diets fail is because dieters are hungry. That’s the kind of wild information that can really be groundbreaking for some people, but most knew that already. The trick then isn’t to find another diet, or another way to restrict calories. The trick lies in learning how to master and defeat hunger. Once you’ve gotten this under your belt, nothing could be easier than sticking to your diet plan and getting the results you’ve been dreaming of.
Get More Exercise
The first thing that will help you regulate your appetite is getting some exercise. This might seem like it won’t work; after all, won’t you just be more hungry? The short answer is yes. Exercising will fire up your metabolism and make you crave something delicious, there’s no doubt about that. However, this will help you learn the difference between real hunger and boredom hunger. The hunger that you feel an hour or so after a heavy workout is real hunger. It’s the kind that cannot and should not be ignored. The other kinds of hunger can’t hold a candle to it.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water does a bunch of great things for your body, but some of what it does is fill you up. Even though water is completely calorie free, it still takes up space in your stomach. If you’ve got the gut grumbles at work, don’t stuff a donut into your face just to shut up your belly. Drink a couple glasses of water, and the weight of the liquid will fill your stomach and make you feel full, all without a calorie being consumed.
Even better, drinking water can reduce your hunger because you’re not thirsty. When your body is craving water it’s easy to confuse that sensation with needed to eat. You could be giving your body the wrong thing all day long, snacking and sneaking treats when all your body really wanted was for you to down that bottle of water by your desk.
Spread out Your Meals Throughout the Day
One of the greatest reasons that people fail at their diets is that they can’t control their hunger. The solution can be as simple as just never letting yourself get that hungry. Eating small, portion controlled meals throughout the day will stop you from getting so hungry that you just have to gorge yourself on everything in sight.
Eat Well When You Do Eat
When you do sit down to a meal, actually sit down to a meal. Eat food that tastes good and take your time enjoying it. Hunger can be boredom craving some sensory stimulation. By enjoying your food when you do eat, you satisfy that desire. Besides, making sure that you have great nutrition is one way to stop food cravings for specific nutrients. Food is not your enemy here; mindless consumption is.
Focus on Getting in Fiber and Bulk
If your hunger is the result of a stomach that’s stretched and used to being filled, you can help control your hunger while it shrinks by eating a lot of high fiber, high bulk foods that are low in calories. Many lettuces, broccoli, and so on will really fill you up and keep you feeling full all day long, even while your stomach slowly shrinks back to normal proportions. You still have to let yourself get a little bit hungry; you don’t want to fill yourself so full that your stomach stretched out even more, or gets even more used to being that same size.
Have Distractions on Hand at All Times
Lastly, just because you’re hungry doesn’t mean you have to think about it. If you’re starving but you’ve already eaten, go for a walk. The mild exercise will help the food to settle and your body to accept that that’s all it’s getting. If you normally snack while watching TV, skip it, but otherwise turn on the tube every time you get a craving (just remember to skip the commercials). Have a bracelet that you can fiddle with when you’re out in public and really want to stop for a treat that you don’t need.