The Real Hunger Games

five fast tips to taming a raging appetite

Sometimes when I get home from work I am staving. Well at least in the moment I think I am starving. I reach for anything I can get my hands on and start scarfing away. A few minutes later I fell full enough but, back it comes and the mindless munching begins. This is how I end up putting on weight and getting my blood sugar out of whack. Here are a few tips on keeping the hunger pangs at bay so you can beat back the battle of the bulge.

Eat a good breakfast. Your mother was right. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance. Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.

Remove temptation. It's time for a regime change. Clean out your cupboard and fridge, then restock them with almonds and other nuts, cheese, fruit and vegetables, and canned tuna, chicken, and salmon. By eliminating the availability of snacks that put weight on you but providing plenty that are good for you, you're far less likely to find yourself at the snack cart or vending machine.

Identify your hunger. Have a craving for sweets, even though you ate just an hour ago? Imagine eating a large, sizzling steak instead. If you're truly hungry, the steak will sound good, and you should eat something. If it doesn't sound good, your brain is fooling you. Get up, walk around, change your environment and find a different task to focus on until it passes.

Hydrate! 75% of hunger pangs are actually just the effects of dehydration. Feeling hungry? Drink a 16 ounce glass of water. This will also help you discern whether you are indeed in need to feed or just thirsty. Water has a thermogenic effect; meaning it forces your body to crank up your metabolism to compensate for the temperature of the water. This effect will help you burn calories. Every cell in your body requires adequate water to function properly. Try to drink at least two liters a day it will speed up your metabolism as well as flushing fat and toxins out. 70% of hunger pangs are actually a sign of being dehydrated. Keep a glass of water or tea in front of you at all times and sip it. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

Don't dwell on disaster. One meal doesn't define your diet, so don't assume that you've failed or fallen off the wagon. Institute a simple rule: Follow any bad food gorging episode with at least five healthy meals and snacks. That ensures that you'll be eating right more than 80 percent of the time.

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