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One of the most significant challenges with any food-based lifestyle change is not feeling hungry all of the time. The most unhealthy thing that many people do in their diets is overeating. If you are eating more calories than you are burning through exercise, you will gain weight.To lose weight or eat healthier, the major complaint that people experience is that of hunger.
It can be a real challenge for maintaining healthy food habits as your body is screaming at you to eat more. The good news is there are many great techniques to eat healthy without feeling hungry.
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10 HEALTHY EATING HABITS TO FOLLOW
1. Get the protein your body needs
Protein can give your body a real sense of feeling full, helping you to eat less overall. This takes research and education to get right as it is not easy or particularly intuitive.
For example, when you decide on breakfast between eggs and toast, go with the eggs. They will leave you feeling satisfied for longer, as there is a lot of protein in eggs and almost none in a piece of toast.
Another benefit to eating enough protein is that you will prevent muscle loss. Muscle mass helps you burn more calories throughout the day passively, so this is a good thing to keep up.
2. Fiber is essential
Eating a lot of fiber stretches the stomach, encouraging the release of hormones that give you a full feeling. Also, fiber ferments a little inside the body. It can produce fatty acids that further contribute to the feeling of being full.
Simply incorporating beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils into your meal planning can make you feel fuller for longer.
3. Try meal delivery services
A meal delivery service can provide meals that are designed to be as healthy and filling as possible. It frees up time in your day where you are not meal-prepping. They allow you to get your work done.
Also, it encourages you to eat the right foods without spending too much time in the kitchen. Meal delivery services also offer a real variety of meals. There are options you would probably not be able to replicate through the meals you make at home.
Make sure you schedule these meals to arrive at appropriate intervals, so you won’t be tempted to snack in between meals.
4. Solid foods are going to make you feel full
Smoothies and shakes have a lot of health benefits. The downside to these is that they will not make you feel full for very long.
However, they are excellent sources of essential nutrients and vitamins. You may want to complement a morning smoothie with a protein-rich snack to help fill you up.
5. Chew your food
The act of chewing food triggers a response in the brain that you are eating. You will start to feel full sooner the more you chew through your food.
Mindful eating is crucial. As you think about the food you eat, it can help you to feel fuller. Avoid TV dinners and mindless eating, as they promote unhealthy eating habits.
6. Drink coffee
Coffee can decrease your appetite and make you want to eat less. Unfortunately, it is a double-edged sword as you don’t want to replace meals with coffee.
Nonetheless, the tasty beverage can be a tool to prevent snacking in between your balanced meal plan.
7. Control hunger by drinking lots of water
It’s almost guaranteed that you’re not drinking enough water. No one does. Sometimes, the feeling of hunger is just the need to drink a large glass of water. It is remarkable how effective this can be.
If you are trying to eat less in general, drink a large glass of water before a meal. You will find that you actually eat less.
8. Eat some dark chocolate
In a similar and arguably healthier way than coffee, dark chocolate can help diminish hunger.
The tasty treat also makes you feel like you’re treating yourself. This satisfaction allows for a quick snack between meals that will actively reduce hunger.
9. Eat spicy foods
Spicy foods can trigger a response that you are full long before you are. This feeling can last for hours after you have eaten.
While you might not want to eat spicy food all the time, it can be a great way to mix things up without adding any extra calories to a meal.
10. Exercise in addition to healthy eating
With regular exercise, you are burning more calories and raising your metabolism. This habit can help you lose weight and even motivate you to double down on your healthy eating efforts.
After all, you want to ensure the hours you spent in the gym were worthwhile. The last thing you want is to waste all that effort by eating a single candy bar.
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.