I’ve quickly realized that if I have to control hunger if I ever want to reach my fitness goals.
Limiting snacking is also important, but I’ll discuss that in a different post.
For now, let’s focus on the #1 enemy – hunger. These are the things that are working for me.
How to Control Hunger for Weightloss
1. Green Tea
I’ve been drinking green tea for the past 7 years and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon!
The only time I remember taking a break from drinking green tea was when I was pregnant. The caffeine in it was a little too much for my fetus and he would kick like crazy! No bueno.
Now, I’m back to drinking my giant cup of green tea in the morning and let me tell you, it’s like magic.
When I drink my green tea in the morning, I really and truly feel like I’ve had a huge meal. I don’t feel hungry at all for hours.
2. No Breakfast
If you’re a breakfast person, then by all means please have breakfast.
However, if you’re not a breakfast person but you’re forcing yourself to eat breakfast because the health gurus have said it is the most important meal of the day, *insert side eye here* Lol
I’ve found that my appetite is ravenous on the days that I start my day with breakfast.
But on the days that I don’t eat breakfast, my appetite is waaaaay more under control and I eat less – go figure.
Side note: I am currently eating breakfast because I’m breastfeeding. Normally, I’m not a fan and I don’t bother with it.
3. Get Nuts
Just a handful of nuts is usually enough to help me control my hunger.
My favorite nuts are the raw, unsalted cashews from Trader Joes.
When I can’t get to Trader Joes, these cashews from Amazon are also an option (heeeyyy Prime shipping! Lol).
The Amazon cashews aren’t nearly as good as the trader joes ones but hey – it’s better than chomping on chin chin all day.
Usually, all I need is a handful of nuts to tide me over from one meal to the next…which brings me to my next point.
4. Time Meals
I tend to eat my meals around the same time.
Lunch is at 11:30 am and dinner is at 5:30 pm.
I don’t necessarily always stick to these times. However, they give me something to look forward to.
If it’s 4:45pm and I feel like eating mount Everest, I can just tell myself –
hey, chill out. It’ll be dinner time in just 45 minutes.
Having set eating times really helps alot with controlling my hunger. It’s like my body is becoming programmed to not feel too hungry until it’s time to eat. Weird.
5. Get Busy
Have you ever been so busy that you forgot to eat? Of course you have.
I guess this is one perk we workaholics have going for us.
If you love what you do (or even if you don’t), get lost in whatever you’re doing.
By the time you look up, it will be time to eat and you won’t have any time to be bored.
Boredom = hunger. Remember that
6. Don’t Tempt Yourself
If you work from home, don’t sit near the kitchen.
If you don’t work at home, don’t keep snacks in your work area.
Just don’t do it.
Unless you have the will power of Jim Iyke, just don’t tempt yourself like that.
No, i don’t know whether Jim Iyke actually has any will power. His name just happened to be the first to pop into my head. Lol
7. Drink Water
Aaaahhh everybody’s favorite fitness tip eh?
I just had to include it because of something that happened to me the other day.
I’d just finished eating a massive bowl of pasta – yet, I was still feeling hungry.
I decided to drink some water before topping up my bowl and what do you know? The water did the trick.
I had an apple instead of more pasta and I was good to go till my next meal.
How do YOU control your hunger so you can lose weight?
I’d love to learn from you! xo
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