Tip of the week…
How to not feel hungry all the time
Get more rest. When the body is sleep-deprived, it produces more ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite. Fatigue will make you crave junk food, too.
Drink more water. “It’s normal to confuse thirst with hunger.” To keep from getting dehydrated, drink half as many ounces of water each day as your weight in pounds. If you weigh 180 lbs, that’s 90 oz, or 11 cups.
Balance your diet. To feel full, you need to eat a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Carbs should be 45 to 65 percent of your calories, fats 20 to 35 percent, and protein 10 to 35 percent. And a daily helping of fiber will also help you feel full longer.
Evaluate your stress. If you’ve missed no meals and crave something specific (like Häagen-Dazs), “you might just be emotional-hungry.” Pause to consider if boredom or anxiety might be the real problem. Then do something fun or relaxing.