Anyone who have ever been on a diet knows that feeling: the hunger. When you go from eating 2000 calories a day to 12-1500, the hunger pangs can overwhelm you.
You can fight those hunger pangs by making smart choices with your diet. Here are 3 ways to diet without going hungry:
- Pump up the protein: Protein is a natural appetite suppressant and helps control hunger pangs. In fact, a study at University of Wollongong in Australia determined that eating two to three ounces of protein leads to a 25% spike in energy and increases fat metabolism 32% which lasts up to four hours.
- Skip the sugar: sugar (and all its sucrose, maltose, honey and corn syrup sisters) is a fat pill. In fact, a University of Florida study found that high fructose corn syrup disrupts communication between the digestive tract and brain's fullness center which can interfere with the brain sending signals that you're full.
- Eat slowly: this really does work. When you eat slowly, you get a greater sense of fullness. Try putting down your fork between bites. That helps.
There is some new research from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus which indicates that you can manipulate hunger-causing neurons to silence them. The science is pretty deep but this is worth a read to gain a better understanding of this process.
Do you have any tricks for controlling hunger pangs? When all else fails, I chew gum. Hit reply and let me know your tried and true tricks.
All the best,
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