The human body makes it clear through the feeling of hunger that it is time to reach for a portion of valuable nutrients. However, sometimes you need to cheat hunger a little. We suggest how to do it.
It’s late afternoon and you’ve only had a few bites of a candy bar and a cup of coffee all day? No wonder you feel hungry. Your body is demanding a portion of valuable nutrients, which will give it the strength to function properly. If, however, you feel a pang in your stomach a few moments after eating a hearty dinner and are unable to satisfy your ever-increasing appetite, this is a sign that you need to see a doctor.
The attacks of ravenous hunger can have various causes. Hormonal disorders or abnormalities connected with the nervous system may be responsible for their occurrence. They may also be a result of chronic starvation. Ghrelin is responsible for the fact that we feel hunger. This is the so-called hunger hormone. If the endocrine system is faulty, and therefore ghrelin is secreted in an abnormal way, then the feeling of hunger may not leave us from dawn to dusk.
Frequent attacks of hunger and unrelenting need to satisfy your appetite will certainly have a negative effect on the process of losing weight. If you have been strictly keeping your diet for a long time, but once in a while you happen to eat an unplanned meal, for example because you felt a huge craving for pizza, this is not yet a reason for concern. However, if practically every day you feel such a big appetite that you are not able to satisfy it, it may be a more serious problem. In this case, it will be advisable to consult a doctor.
You can also use some tricks to reduce the feeling of hunger between meals. These tricks will work not only for people on a diet. They can also be used by athletes who train regularly and are looking for a way to avoid snacking between meal times set by the dietitian. Particularly bodybuilders, who want their muscles to be maximally exposed, are on a strict diet.
Set specific meal times and make every effort to stick to them. Such a rigor will make your body (sooner or later) get used to the fact that you fuel up at specific times. However, for this tactic to work, you must be consistent. Any snacking between meals is prohibited.
Give up sweet snacks altogether, lay off the artificially sweetened drinks and any fast-food dishes. If your hunger becomes unbearable, reach for a serving of vegetables.
Choose optimal meal portions. On the one hand, they need to be generous enough to provide the required amount of nutrients. However, make sure that you do not overeat. If you regularly put too much strain on your stomach, it will end up stretching and needing more and more food every day.
Reach for water. A glass of water instead of a sugary snack is a great idea to cheat hunger. While water alone won’t satisfy your hunger, it will fill your stomach a bit, making hunger less of an issue.
Play sports regularly. Endorphins released during physical activity are able to temporarily suppress the feeling of hunger.
When preparing meals, be sure to include a good portion of vegetables in practically every dish. They don’t have many calories, but they fill the stomach perfectly, and thus effectively reduce the feeling of hunger.
Avoid stress. In today’s world this is not an easy task. For many people, stress causes hunger pangs. If you are anticipating a more stressful period at work, make sure you take extra time to relax and rest – this will help you cope faster and the craving for sugary snacks will go away.