How to Stay Full Longer
A key to losing weight is to avoid overeating. This doesn't mean you should starve yourself, but it does mean you will need to train your body to eat smaller portions for meals and snacks. Following are some tried and proven tips for staying full for longer periods of time, so you aren't tempted to reach for unhealthy snacks throughout the day.
Eat Foods that are Rich in Fiber
Fiber gives your stomach a full, satisfied feeling, so be sure your meals and snacks are rich in fiber if you want to stick to a healthy diet plan. Some great fiber-rich foods include cruciferous vegetables (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts), fruit and whole grain foods such as oats, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
Drink Lots of Water
Many people think they are hungry when they are actually thirsty. Your body needs water in order to function properly so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout your day. Additionally, drinking water about 20 minutes before a meal can prevent you from eating too much.
Eat Right at Mealtimes
You can't expect to stay full if you don't eat right at mealtimes. Plan your meals in advance so they include healthy servings of starch, protein and vegetables. Eating less than you should will make it easy for you to grab an unhealthy snack or drink in-between meals.
Eating plenty of the right foods at the right time will leave you feeling satisfied. This prevents you from eating unhealthy foods that have a high calorie content. At the same time, it is important to realize that you will still be tempted to grab unhealthy snacks even if you feel satisfied after a good meal. To avoid the temptation to sabotage your diet, keep healthy snacks readily available and avoid activities that cause you to eat even when you're not hungry.
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