One of the most commonly asked questions that we get asked from Tip Of The Day subscribers is about hunger.
It doesn't matter whether you've been restricting yourself on a diet, or not even watching what you eat at all, there are times that you suddenly feel so hungry you don't even know how it hit you.
Often you find yourself in a situation where you didn't eat a proper breakfast, or you went too late until lunch came around and the hunger hits you like a ton of bricks. You feel like you could eat a house and if someone put a large pizza in front of you at that exact moment, you could probably scarf down 3/4 of it, maybe almost the whole thing.
What's interesting is that Dr. Fuhrman, in his book Eat for Health, says that actual hunger is felt in your throat. Symptoms include salivating and light interest. Actual "hunger" is when your body is ready for more nutrients.
Often that "starving" feeling are withdrawal symptoms from the caffeine, sugar or other "nutrient-poor" foods you consume. These feeling that we confuse for "real hunger" are usually felt in the stomach as growling, light headedness, little dizzy, the general sensations we feel when we say we are hungry.
But at the time when you're "starving", the logic behind what's really going on doesn't matter. You just want food and you want it now.
When you get to this point, how do you satiate yourself without destroying all of your efforts towards your weight loss for the week?
Here are a few tips:
1. Keep one of your favorite snacks in your purse or in your desk at all
That doesn't mean healthy if you don't like the taste. If you throw an apple in your purse but you don't particularly love apples, when that overwhelm comes on, you will not eat that apple. You will think you are
starving and way too "hungry" for that apple to even begin to have an effect. You'll head to your nearest "favorite food" place that will satisfy the hunger.
Pick a snack that you really love the taste of: maybe it's a fruit/nut power bar - maybe a banana or maybe something else. Pick a snack that works for you, that you really like, and next time the starving feeling
comes on you'll have something right there, and once you've eaten it, the binge feeling has come and gone.
2. Check if that hunger feeling really means you're thirsty
Most of the time when you feel hungry, you are dehydrated. Get a large glass of water full of ice with Fresh squeezed lemon and see how you feel afterwards.
3. If you didn't put your favorite snack in your purse?
Instead of using the starving excuse as a chance to stop at Starbucks for a large muffin, croissant and moccachino, go find your favorite snack immediately!! Think of what you would have put in your desk or purse and simply go purchase that to eat now.
4. What if you give in anyway?
Lastly, if you are starving and you do head to the nearest pizza place and scarf down 4 times as much as you usually do, don't make it the end of the world. Don't use that incident as the reason for saying, well, I messed up, might as well have pasta and that hot fudge sundae I've been craving as well.
Don't stack it with all the other things you were disappointed with in yourself that day. You were "starving", you ate a lot, and that's all it is. Commit to making just the next meal, just one meal one that follows your regimen and makes you have energy and feel great and don't look back.