How to Stop Hunger Its Tracks
We’re led to believe we must eat like birds to be slim. And we’re told that fat is fattening and all calories are created equal. Well, guess what? These are all BIG FAT LIES. Let me explain... What happens when you eat one of those 100 calorie snack packs? Do you feel satiated? Most likely NOT. Because the snack you just ate is nothing but refined flour and sugar. Ingredients that spike your blood sugar and insulin. And that’s about it.
So what happens next? You reach for another 100 calorie snack pack! Now you’re up to 200 calories. And often it doesn’t stop there. Most people continue to eat until they’re bloated and left feeling guilty. Because these processed junk foods fail to turn off your hunger signals. In fact, the body is actually still hungry. Hungry for what it really needs–fat, protein, (unrefined) carbs, vitamins, and minerals. When you give your body these things, the hunger signals go away.
You feel full, but not bloated. And you no longer feel the need to keep eating. What this means is that it’s important to nourish your body with nutrient dense foods. Always. Even when you’re trying to lose weight. And when hunger strikes, below are my top tips for getting it under control quickly.
Sip on Bone Broth
Nothing could be more satisfying than sipping on a cup of bone broth. It’s warm, rich, and absolutely delicious. It’s also PACKED with easily absorbable protein and minerals that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Enough to ward off cravings almost instantly. And keep your hunger at bay. Plus, bone broth is also very low in calories. And has zero sugar. Truly a MUCH better choice than any “diet” food.
Eat a Little Fat
I get weird looks all the time when I tell people to eat fat. But fat is a nutrient that our bodies need to thrive. Fat is used to make hormones. And our brains are made mostly of fat. When it comes to hunger, fat is super satiating. And a little goes a long way. For example, eating a half of an avocado should keep you full for quite some time. It only has roughly 150 calories. But it’s also packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fat. So instead of eating an entire box of 100-calorie snack packs, go for an avocado instead. Other healthy sources of fat to reach for are coconut, olives, nuts, and seeds.
Drink Sparkling Water
Sometimes we feel hungry when in reality our bodies are just dehydrated. This means a cup of water, coffee, or tea may be enough to do the trick. But if that’s not cutting it, try some unsweetened sparkling water. The tiny bubbles really fill you up. You can even make your drink festive by adding some cucumber or lemon slices. Or even some mint. It’s refreshing, filling, and sin-free!
Sometimes hunger also strikes when your stressed or bored. In these cases, distractions can be a great way to prevent yourself from raiding the pantry. Personally, I love getting outside for a walk or hitting the gym. But there are so many other ways to distract yourself. Call up a friend, read a book, go for a bike ride, or tend to your garden. The possibilities are endless!
To Sum it Up…
Keeping your hunger under control is an essential component to losing weight. But starving yourself or eating “diet” foods is NOT the right way to go about it. Instead, you must focus on nutrient dense foods with protein and healthy fats to stop your hunger in its tracks. So trade in your 100 calorie snack packs for more satisfying foods such as bone broth, avocados, nuts, and seeds. I promise you won’t regret it!
Keep thinking big and living BOLD!