The Jakarta Post
Cutting calories off your diet could mean there are cravings you cannot satisfy, but there are ways to control those hunger pangs. (Shutterstock/Anna Shkuratova)
If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s not uncommon to feel hungry every now and then. Cutting calories means there may be cravings you cannot satisfy, but there are ways to control those hunger pangs.
Kompas.com has compiled a list of how to calm them down:
1. Make an illustration of your diet plan
Sticking to a plan helps you achieve your goals, including certain health goals. Be firm, disciplined and focus on what you want.
Set a target of how much weight you intend to lose, then set a target of how much time you’ll give yourself to achieve that. Planning will motivate you to meet those targets.
2. Drink black coffee or green tea
It’s important to always fill your body with healthy food and beverages to keep the stomach feeling full. A glass of green tea or a cup of black coffee could help suppress hunger.
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3. Eat proteins
Studies show that an increase in protein intake can lead to prolonged satiation. Proteins are known to take time to digest, improve the metabolism and build muscle tissue without increasing fat levels. Healthy high-protein foods you can consume include nuts, eggs, beans and lentils, tofu, tempeh and chicken breast.
4. Do not skip breakfast
Make sure you eat breakfast, as skipping it can generate hunger pangs that could lead to snacking and bingeing later in the day. Eating breakfast is also deemed crucial, as it gives us energy for the rest of the day.
5. Opt for fiber-rich foods
Foods high in fiber, like beans, fruits and vegetables, will help to slow down the metabolism. It will help to improve your digestion and make you feel full.
6. Stay hydrated
It may be easy to confuse hunger pangs with thirst, so drink water in between meals when those pangs start to occur. It will help you feel full but without the calories. Drinking water is also important to make you stay hydrated and improve your digestion as well as your skin. (wng)