Keep feeling like your last meal was never enough? Grazing throughout the day? We’re all guilty of it. There are many reasons why we eat mindlessly. You may not be giving your meals your full attention or trying to juggle a million and one things throughout the day. We completely support a broadminded approach to eating, but it does help to be a little more mindful in your approach. Here are our top five tips to keep you appetite under control throughout the day whilst still enjoying your food as you should!
Drink More Water
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We hear it all the time but you should be sipping on at least two litres of water per day. Have a larger glass 15 minutes before and after a meal too. When our bodies become dehydrated, they can often be led to believe that they are in fact hungry when they’re not. So don’t reach for the biscuit tin. Pour yourself another glass of water and see how you feel afterwards.
Wake Up Well
The food you eat has an enormous effect on how you feel but it’s important to eat at the right time too. We recommend to all our clients to include protein in their breakfast. Cereal will have you craving snacks in no time at all. Loaded with sugar, it’s a big no no. Protein on the other hand will keep you satisfied until lunchtime and, extra bonus – it will also give your metabolism a kick too! Good sources of protein in the morning could be milk, yogurt, eggs, smoked salmon and meat.
HIIT The Gym
No matter how busy you are, remember – there is always time to add exercise into your week. We love a good HIIT workout. Research shows that benefits include improvement of aerobic and anaerobic fitness, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining muscle mass as well as reducing your appetite.
Take Your Time
Don’t wolf your food down. Your mind won’t have enough time to realise you have had a meal and get confused. It also won’t absorb any of those important nutrients either if you do that. First and foremost, eat away from your desk. Take at least 20 minutes to sit down and enjoy your meal. Chew slowly. At least 10 – 15 times per mouthful. You’ll feel better in no time and won’t go hungry.
Go To Sleep
Sleep plays a critical role in keeping us both feeling and looking great. It can be a little chicken and egg because both diet and exercise play a vital role in the overall quality of your sleep. Research has shown that insufficient sleep has a two-fold effect on eating. If you don’t manage to get your eight hours in, then you will likely be more disposed to eating poorly. At the same time, also less able to exert control over your urges to eat naughty food too.