By Personal Trainer | Ben Feinson
Lets be honest – we all know that dieting can seriously take it’s toll anytime that you’re in a calorie deficit! Sometimes we need that little push – therefore we’ve laid out 5 hacks to help deal with constant hunger!
Tip #1 Mindset
This is very important and may seem obvious, but you need to make sure you are ready mentally to diet and that you are doing it for the right reasons.
✓ Set your self a goal and stick to the plan until you achieve it. Having something to work towards will keep you focused rather than just loosing weight aimlessly.
Tip #2 Food Volume
A lot of people get disheartened and strung up that they will need to eat smaller, unsatisfying meals – but this needn’t be the case. ‘Smaller’, less calorific meals can be just as filling – it’s all about producing as much food volume as possible with the lower calorie foods that will fill out your plate.
✓ Try things like courgette, mushroom and cauliflower rice in place of normal rice to really help to bulk out meals without the calories.
Also try making your meal and then having a separate large bowl of salad and fill this with loads of leafy greens and other low calorie ingredients. Even the elusion of two separate meals can help.
Tip #3 Stay Flexible
Personally I believe it is key to stay flexible with your food choices while dieting. Again people get it into there heads that dieting is boring, you can only eat chicken and broccoli or tuna salad.
One reason to eat these foods is because it will allow you more volume of food like mentioned above but I agree it will get tedious, so fill 20% of your diet with food choices of whatever you fancy, it could be a bit of chocolate or ice cream.
✓ Not only is this going to keep things interesting it will cut out any cravings you might have and keep you on track for your fat loss goal.
Tip #4 Delay Your First Meal
Try to delay your first meal, almost like an act of fasting. Fasting can actually have appetite surpassing effects.
Also, many people don’t actually feel that hungry in the morning therefore this will allow us to save more calories for the rest of the day when hunger starts to hit.
This may not be for everyone but it may suit you! Doing this may also result in better hunger control and the meals you eat will become more satisfying and potentially bigger to make up for the breaking the fast later on in the day.
Tip #5 Stay Busy
This may seem like an obvious one, but just try and stay as busy as possible throughout the day.
As we know boredom normally leads to hunger and eating; just because you are dieting doesn’t mean that you can’t still go out and have fun!
Attend all your social events even if you’re the only one not drinking alcohol, you’ll probably find that just being out with your friends having fun will actually suppress your hunger and make dieting a lot easier!
Take Home Message
Hopefully these tips help your fat loss goals!