10 Ways to Kill Hunger Cravings
Don’t give in to those hunger cravings! Constant hunger when you are dieting is quite normal — and there is something you can do about it. Just go over this list and try one or more of these hunger-killing strategies to help keep you on track.
1. Eat a pickle! A pickle can be satisfying! A small or medium pickle has no fat and only one carb. Pickles are just cucumbers in vinegar, and both of those are allowed even on the HCG diet. Be sure to check pickle labels for added sugar or too much salt (extra salt may cause water retention).
2. Eat an apple, a breadstick, or a tomato. If you haven’t reached your calorie limit yet, go ahead and eat something approved RIGHT NOW. Keep a variety of fruits and veggies on hand for this purpose. Remember to subtract it from your daily count so you don’t go over your calorie limit.
3. Spread out your food. This is essentially the same strategy as numbers 1 and 2 above, but you can use it intentionally to stave off hunger before it even starts. Basically, you spread out your foods throughout the day, so your stomach doesn’t feel empty as often.
4. Eat some extra salad. Lettuce, spinach, chard—all these leafy green vegetables are so low on calorie. You can really eat a lot of it without ever exceeding your calorie limit. One cup of shredded, green leaf lettuce has just 5 calories! Not to mention tons of extra vitamins and fiber. Two cups makes a large salad, three or four a huge one, and you’re only getting 10 to 20 calories. That’s less than a serving of asparagus and half as much as a single medium onion.
5. Spices. There’s nothing like some good spices to make a meal more satisfying. Hot spices are especially good at this. Not only does it make you drink more water with your meal, it just tastes more fulfilling. For example, you could slice up a tomato and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and Italian spices. Dump all the pepper you want on your veggies. Bake an apple with cinnamon for a tasty treat. The possibilities go on and on. Spices can be your best friend when you are dieting.
6. Drink lots and lots of water. Drink an extra amount (say about 30 ounces)a half an hour before breakfast, again a half an hour before lunch, and again half an hour before dinner. This helps your stomach feel fuller. Also, if you haven’t been drinking enough water, you might be dehydrated, which can often be mistaken for hunger.
7. Drink loads of tea. Tea will give you some extra water and feels more satisfying. Mint and peppermint are natural appetite suppressants and dull the taste buds. Yerba mate and oo-long are also good hunger killers.
8. Brush your teeth. This psychological trick can be quite effective. Try it! Who likes to eat right after brushing their teeth? When you have a fresh, clean mouth, you won’t want to mess it up.
9. Recognize emotional triggers. Stop a moment and think. Are you bored? Angry? Lonely? Tired? Frustrated? Are you really hungry, or just feeling emotional? Maybe your stomach is just feeling a bit empty, making you prone to emotional eating. Often it’s as simple as this. Your emotions are dominating you, and you’re turning automatically to an old habit. Stop and distract yourself with something else. Find something to occupy your mind. Use your time while dieting to beat your emotional eating habits, and you’ll be rewarded with a lifetime of healthier eating.
10. Supplements. Taking an effective appetite suppressant can help. You can take it along with any of the hunger-busting strategies above. Or use it alone as an emergency pill. Even if you aren’t actively hungry, you can still take a suppressant and you will naturally eat less, thus boosting your results.
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