Do you know what I hate? Eating a meal and then being hungry again an hour later. This is especially troublesome during the holiday season because there is always so much food in the house! I know you see all those super weight loss cookies and food bars on TV that are supposed to take up space in your stomach and keep you full, but forget that. Here are 9 health tips on how to stay fuller for a longer amount of time.
1 Keep up with Carbs
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Carbohydrates are an important part of your diet. You can keep them in your diet and still eat healthy. Just stay away from bad carbs. Good carbs, however, will sate your appetite for longer. Potatoes are a great choice.
2 Chew Gum between Meals
Unless you’re one of those people who frequently swallows gum (ahem, guilty), it’s not going to actually make you full. However, chewing gum between meals can be helpful because it can signal to your brain that something flavorful is in your mouth. Sugarless gum is best: it’s better for your teeth and it will create more saliva. That will also make you seem fuller longer.
3 Drink Water with Your Meal
Drinking water with your meal is a great way to start. It’s much better to drink than soda, or even juice, tea, or wine. Save those things for before the meal, or after. Water is thought to be more filling, even if it’s just a way to trick your stomach. This method works if you’re eating a proper portion of a healthful meal.
4 Munch on Nuts
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Certain nuts, like almonds, make a great snack. They will also make you feel much fuller. In fact, if you eat a healthy amount of almonds almost every day for about six months, some experts say you can lose weight and shrink your waist!
5 Incorporate Good Fats into Your Diet
It might sound crazy to be old to eat fatty foods, but remember, there are both good fats and unhealthy fats. You need healthy fats in your diet for several reasons, one of which is that they will satisfy your appetite for a longer amount of time. Just stay away from saturated fats and you’ll be golden – and full!
6 A Grapefruit a Day
Grapefruit is a great food to eat if you want to feel fuller for a longer amount of time. Grapefruit reduces insulin levels, and as a result can help your metabolism. You can burn calories at a much faster weight. Protip: evidently eating half a grapefruit with your breakfast, your lunch, and your dinner can help you lose weight all on its own.
7 Snack on Blueberries
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Eating blueberries as a snack or incorporating them into your meals can be amazingly beneficial. They help you burn fat in addition to making you feel full. Fresh or frozen, they are a great addition to any diet... and they're loaded with anti-aging, magincal antioxidants. Need I say more? .
8 Smaller Meals More Frequently
If you find that you get hungrier after eating big meals, break up your day. Many experts extoll the virtues of eating four, five, or even six smaller meals throughout the day. Don’t worry, if you are eating healthy things, this is not going to have a negative effect on your health or your weight.
9 Exercise, Exercise, Excercise
Last but not least, staying active is essential in making your food go a long way. Cardio, especially, can decrease your appetite so you aren’t constantly hungry after meals. However, it’s important to mix it up so your progress doesn’t plateau.
And there you go, there are nine ways to keep your appetite satisfied for longer. What do you do when you get hungry before you’re ready to eat again? Do you have any tips to share?