Dieting to see faster fat loss success? If so, there is one thing you are likely going to be dealing with at some point or another and that thing is hunger.
Whenever you reduce your calorie intake down lower than what your body is used to receiving, there is going to be some backlash from it because of this. But if you are set on burning up body fat, this is something that you are going to have to come to deal with.
There’s no other way to create the fat loss results you’re going for other than to reduce your calorie intake (despite what some supplement companies may claim!), so rather than trying to avoid it, focus on trying to effectively deal with it.
Fortunately, if you know a few smart tips, you can more easily combat hunger and stay the course.
Let’s have a brief look at the most important things that you need to be doing so that you can say so-long to those nagging hunger pains.
Fill Up On Vegetables
You’ve likely heard it before but it needs to be restated here again as it is one of the top tips to remember if you want to combat hunger effectively: fill up as much as possible on vegetables.
Vegetables are virtually calorie free, which is why they are such a great option for those who are struggling to keep hunger in check but still want to see the same fast rate of weight loss progress.
Plus, they are incredibly high in nutrients as well, so by eating even more than normal, you’re actually doing yourself a favor.
There is virtually no limit as to how many vegetables you can eat as long as you aren’t adding any high calorie sauces or condiments. Trying to gain weight eating broccoli will be mission impossible simply because you will become way too full before you rack up any significant calories.
Sip Hot Tea
Next, another fast and easy tip to help soothe those hunger pains is to sip on some hot tea. The nice thing about this is that it will help to hydrate you and keep you feeling warmer. Dieting does tend to cause a reduction in basal body temperature, so it is more likely to feel cold on your diet plan.
And, when you do feel cold, you’re going to notice hunger more, so this one kills two birds with one stone.
Choose green tea for bonus points as this tea variety will also raise your metabolic rate slightly, so can further enhance the process of fat loss. It’s a win-win.
In some cases, it’s not really hunger you are actually feeling but rather the desire to have something in your mouth.
In this situation, try popping a stick of gum. Chewing on the gum will give your mouth something to do so you’re less likely to eat because of this and will also help to keep you distracted a bit better of that hunger you are feeling if it is actually present.
If you choose to use peppermint gum, this one can actually have appetite reducing properties as well, so you may find you get even better results from going this route.
Do The Water Test
One test that you should try next time you feel hunger pains coming on is the water test.
Some people do mistake thirst for simple dehydration, so hydrating yourself can instantly help calm those hunger pains in a hurry.
For this, simply drink one tall glass of water and wait ten minutes. See if the hunger pains go away.
In many cases they will and you will have side-stepped eating something that you shouldn’t have.
If they don’t, then you can look at another constructive way to deal with them.
Consider Lower Carb Dieting
If you find that you are just a hungry person overall and that hunger is always an issue for you, you could be a very good candidate for low carb dieting.
Taking things down to the ketogenic level, where you force your body to run off an alternative fuel source other than glucose (ketone bodies) has very strong appetite reducing properties to it.
For some people, this can really come in and save the day in preventing them from eating foods they shouldn’t.
While low carb dieting isn’t the best way to go for everyone, it definitely does help you experience less hunger while on the diet, so can be beneficial in this regard.
Another must-do if you are dealing with hunger is to avoid any triggers that set you off to want to eat. For example, for some people all they need to do to feel hunger is notice that it’s near noon. For them, the psychological notification that it’s lunch time instantly causes hunger to occur.
For others, it’s seeing food. If they walk into a bakery, it’s a downward spiral for them.
Learning what your triggers are in this regard and then doing what you can to avoid them as best as possible will help ensure they don’t set you back.
Some are going to be unavoidable, but if you can at least be aware of what they are, you can help position yourself better to mentally combat them.
So there you have some of the top ways that you can manage hunger better as you progress along with your fat loss diet plan. Keep in mind that in most cases it’s impossible to completely eliminate hunger altogether, so you will always experience some to a small degree, but it should never be too much to handle.
If it is, your diet may not be set up properly as it should, so you may want to look into whether or not changes need to be made there so that you can better get yourself on track to success and actually enjoy the process while you’re at it (or at least tolerate it!).