One of the reasons why one may end up eating too much in a go is mindless eating – like when one watches the television or while scrolling social media.   |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- To manage hunger pangs while keeping calorie intake low, it is important to eat at regular intervals and go for smaller and lighter meals.
- Dehydration is also a major cause of hunger pangs occurring too often.
- To prevent one from eating too much, focus on your meals rather than distractions.
New Delhi: When going on a weight loss spree, one needs to cut down on their calorie intake as the first step. This involves switching to light foods, low-calorie, and sometimes fewer meals than earlier. This can result in hunger pangs, a sensation that makes you crave more food – majorly unhealthy, highly processed foods rich in saturated fats, refined sugar and empty calories. As a result, you may end up gaining weight over time.
But is starving or cutting down on calorie intake the only trigger of hunger pangs? Take a look at other major causes:
- Being sleep-deprived
- Eating too many refined carbs
- Fluctuations in hormones
- Low blood sugar levels
- Thyroid problems
Fret not, there are some simple ways to fight hunger pangs like a pro, and these tips will help the ones trying to lose weight as well. Keep reading.
- Eat at regular intervals: To manage hunger pangs while keeping calorie intake low, it is important to eat at regular intervals and go for smaller and lighter meals. Instead of going for one heavy meal after hours of fasting, eat nuts or some fruits every now and then to prevent hunger pangs from giving you a hard time.
- Stay hydrated: Dehydration is also a major cause of hunger pangs occurring too often. As a solution, it is recommended to drink eight glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Water is a zero-calorie beverage that induces satiety; before starting your meals, have a glass and watch how it lowers hunger levels thereby preventing calorie overdose.
- Eat mindfully: One of the reasons why one may end up eating too much in a go is mindless eating – like when one watches the television or while scrolling social media. Therefore, to prevent one from eating too much, focus on your meals rather than distractions.
- Get ample sleep: Being sleep deprived can also make you crave unhealthy food. So to prevent that, make sure you get enough sleep – seven to eight hours a day. Sleep suppresses the hunger hormone thereby preventing calorie overload.
- Include more proteins and fibre in your diet: Proteins and fibre are macronutrients that suppress hunger by inducing satiety. That being said, including whole grains, legumes, lentils, eggs, lean meat and vegetables can help reduce hunger pangs.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
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