How to supress those cravings*

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, By Josh Pywell

Do you ever find or have you ever heard someone mention that it's hard to lose weight because they've found that they love food too much and can't stop eating? Chances are that they're doing it the hard way. Here are a few simple tips and tricks to ensure you always feel full throughout the day,

1) Increase your protein - Protein is the hardest macronutrient for your body to break down and as a result will be around in your stomach for longer and keep you feeling full. How easy is it to eat a box of popcorn at the movies before the previews finish but imagine if you filled the same box with chicken breast instead!

2) Increase meal consumption- By eating small meals more regularly you'll balance out your blood sugar levels and curb those cravings that seem to hit around the mid-afternoon or supper time. Generally that's your body being accustomed to not eating for 6-8 hours at a time and trying to get as much food in as possible to sustain you!

3) Increase water consumption- The body can't actually tell the difference between being hungry and thirsty and so by having more water you might be able to switch off that instinct that tells you to put more food in your belly. The recommended amount is one glass before a meal to suppress your appetite and then one after to take away any cravings. Try to aim for 1L/25kgs body weight every day. If you find water bland, put a wedge of lemon or lime or a cut up strawberry to sit in your water to flavour it.

4) Increase your greens- with a low carb, protein and fat macronutrient value, this is an easy way to increase the sizes of meals or add meals into your daily routine. Note- there are the same amount of carbs in one mars bar as there are in 8 balls of lettuce.... what's going to fill you up more?

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