Although you are dieting and planning your meals, hunger can strike and have you snacking on cheesy puffs throughout the afternoon. While those puffs might be tasty, they provide no real nutritional value, are loaded with calories and will most likely stain your fingers orange.
In order to avoid those hunger pangs that can drive you to the cheesy puffs, Nubella has compiled a list of why you can be left feeling so famished.
- You eat the right foods at the wrong times. Eating at different times every day can make it difficult to tune in to your body’s hunger signals. It can also throw your metabolism out of whack.
- You don’t eat the right breakfast. The right breakfast foods will affect significantly how satisfied you feel the rest of the day. For example, a breakfast bar may seem like a good choice, but its mega-dose of simple sugars will have you rummaging through the ‘fridge well before lunchtime.
- Your diet has no flavor. If grilled chicken and steamed veggies are your mealtime staples, you’ll get bored eventually – and this is when dangerous binges can occur. Get creative in the kitchen with spices galore, quick and guiltless ways to really add great flavor. Texture is also key. Aim for combinations of creamy, crunchy, and chewy – to keep your taste buds on their toes. Just keep in mind that “creamy,” “crunchy” and “chewy” also can mean additional calories that your waistline doesn’t need.
- You stockpile your calories. Do you eat so sparingly during the day that you’re famished by the time dinner rolls around? When you skip meals, it’s harder to think straight, so you’re less concerned about the implications of what you do eat.
- You drink your meals. With the increasing lattes for breakfast and smoothies for lunch, many of us are drinking our calories away, but these beverages can leave you feeling dissatisfied. Chewing causes the release of hormones that signal fullness, and solid food is also digested more slowly than liquids.