A majority of people on the planet are always in the constant mission to lose weight, however, not all get highly satisfying results.
Talking about hurdles when it comes to weight loss, the first one is actually sticking to a diet. However, while you may stick to a diet if you have immense dedication towards your goal, you will still face the problem of hunger. When you go on a calorie deficit diet or reduce your calorie intake from your current diet, your body starts craving for more food.
Since you were earlier consuming more food in your routine, your body becomes accustomed to it. Now when you deprive it of those food items, the hormones in your body will send signals for cravings and you will feel hungry throughout the day. Chances are that you might even give up to these cravings sooner than later.
So in this article, I am going to tell you a few strategies that will help you to minimize these cravings so that you can stay on track for your fitness goals:1. Eat More Protein
Consuming more protein in your daily diet will help you to curb your hunger as your body has to spend more time to digest protein. Another important role of protein as a macronutrient is to help your body in muscle repair.
Thus it makes more sense to include food items that are high in protein in every meal of the day. When I say protein, I mean protein food and not supplements like Whey. Whey protein is digested rapidly so it may not have the same satiety factor as natural sources of protein. Thus try to include more natural form of protein like chicken, Eggs, Tofu, Cottage cheese etc.2. Drink More Water
While you may think that you are hungry for food, chances are that you might actually be thirsty. This happens with the majority of people who do not consume enough water throughout the day.
You need to make a conscious effort to consume enough water so that you are not confusing thirst with hunger. Try this, when you feel hungry just after a few minutes of consuming a meal, have water. Trust me, you will realize that you weren't actually hungry. Also, drinking sips of water every now and then help a lot in regulating your hunger.3. Consume Calorie Sparse Foods
Those quick snack bites like biscuits and namkeens may satisfy your hunger immediately but it won't last for too long. Similarly, sugary drinks and colas add up to your calorie intake but do not provide ample satiety factor to keep hunger at bay. Whenever you consume any of these food items you will start feeling hungry immediately after some time. Thus, they are a poor choice to satisfy your hunger.
Instead, you should always choose fibre dense food like brown rice, Oatmeal etc which have enough fibre to make you feel less hungry over time. High volume foods that have enough fibre will take time to digest and thus give you more satiety factor.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.