One of the most difficult things about dieting is perpetually feeling hungry. Most people fail at dieting primarily because they cannot curb their urges to eat. These days, a wide variety of things contribute to the feeling of hunger, and actually being hungry is not necessarily the most common of these.
If you can avoid unnecessary hunger pangs, you are far more likely to succeed in losing weight. Succumb to it every time, however, and you are almost guaranteed to fail. Discussed below are some of the best ways to fight hunger and stick with your diet, burning fat along the way.
Chewing gum does a number of beneficial things for you. It keeps you busy, strengthening your jaw muscles and burning calories along the way. Recent research has also suggested that it actually signals to the brain region responsible for feeling full that you are indeed satiated, helping you put down your fork sooner and avoid over-consuming during your meals.
Look for low calories, sugar free gums preferably without too many artificial sweeteners (an overload of these can have a laxative like effect). Chew gum between meals and you’ll soon find that you are cutting hundreds of calories with little effort.
Drink More Water
As it turns out, very few Americans are drinking enough water. This means that most people are chronically dehydrated, and believe it or not, this has drastic implications for your diet. As much as a third of the time that you think you are hungry and begin reaching for a snack, you are actually just thirsty.
In fact, less than ten percent of individuals could differentiate between feeling mildly hungry and just plain thirsty. Drink more water. Not only will you find that you’re hungry less, but your body will also be hydrated enough to flush out toxins and properly burn fat.
Drink Tea or Coffee
Another drink that is excellent at hydrating you is tea (preferably unsweetened). As an added bonus, tea also has caffeine and ECGC. Both of these help you burn fat and feel less hungry. White tea has less caffeine than green tea, and black tea has more caffeine than green tea. Coffee is also effective at curbing hunger. It’s not recommended that you go overboard on either of these, but both can be useful tools in a balanced diet.
Believe it or not, a lot of the time you snack or suddenly feel hungry for no apparent reason is not because your body is indeed devoid of calories but rather because you are listless and default to eating. Individuals who, when interviewed, considered themselves “perpetually busy” were found to snack less and consume less calories overall. Keep yourself occupied and avoid boredom at all time, and you’ll suddenly find that you snack only half as much.
If you have nothing to do, you should exercise. Research has shown that an hour of aerobic exercise will suppress your hunger for at least sixty minutes afterwards. Not only will you fight hunger, but you’ll also actively burn off fat in the process.