Those hunger pangs that come every now and then and cause one to eat more than they require, can be a signal alerting you to pay attention to your body. You either respond to this call or find ways to distract yourself from them. But if after you’ve finished eating like 10 minutes ago and the call to hunger comes, then this article is for you.
1. Eat breakfast
This is the most important meal of the day, eating a balanced meal will ensure that you are not hungry until the next meal time. But if you skip this meal time, keep in mind that you have shaken your immune system for the day.
2. Light up
It is said that when you eat in lit up rooms you tend to eat lesser than you eat in dim lit rooms. Dim lights lower your inhibitions, and let you feel better about eating more (after all, no one’s watching). Eat where there are a lot of people, you will restrain from eating too much as well.
3. Satisfy cravings in a healthier manner
There are times these hunger pangs come calling, after you’ve eaten a while ago. It is advised that you carry a small bag where you have healthy snacks to eat in between mealtimes to avoid over eating, something like apples, carrots etc. Instead of going for sweets, try salty nuts if you’re craving saltiness. You want a healthy filling food, so choose wisely.
4. Brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth after eating will send a signal to your brain that you are done for that period or the night, if it is before bed. Also, the taste of the mint in the toothpaste will kill every craving in the body. Adding to that, anything you taste will most likely be awful.
5. Eat balanced meals
One of the reasons most people tend to eat more is because their body has not received a particular nutrient from a food group. Eat a balanced meal, that is having the entire food group in a meal but in small portions so your body doesn’t crave for it requiring you to eat more.
6. Cut out sweeteners in your morning coffee
These help to increase your insulin level, causing you to crave for food. Lessen your sugar intake in tea, drinks, ad ins in your snacks, like doughnuts. Avoid sugar if you can, if you can’t, substitute for honey instead.
7. Distract yourself
Cravings, like all other things must come to an end, and most times in this case. If you can distract yourself for a short period like doing an exercise, taking a work or running whist listening to your favorite music, your cravings will pass.
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