Thursday, June 2, 2011

Practical Weight Loss - How To Eat Less and Stick to Your Diet When You're 'Always Hungry'

Does it seem like you're always hungry? If you can't seem to stop eating or you snack all day, here's practical weight loss help. These tips will make it easier to eat less, stick to your diet, lose weight and keep weight off while getting rid of that 'always hungry' feeling and getting your appetite and your metabolism under control. If the diet or healthy eating plan you've chosen and you're sticking to leaves you always feeling hungry and unsatisfied, it is the wrong plan for you.

Or, if you aren't on a diet or eating plan yet, but you're constantly hungry and constantly thinking of what's available to eat, chances are you are eating a lot of high fat, high calorie, high sugar foods that satisfy, temporarily - but soon cause powerful cravings for more of the same high-fat, high-calorie, high-sugar snacks. These bad foods not only pack on the pounds, they are actually addictive. And your body, desperate for the nutrients it needs, keeps telling you it's hungry.

How do you get off this crazy treadmill of misery and weight gain?

A detox diet is a fast way to do it - this is a few days or so of nothing but diet shakes or nothing but foods chosen from a very limited list. You can buy detox diets at health food stores - they are also widely available online. Or you can create your own, simply by eating several small meals per day of clear soup (make it yourself to avoid salt and other additives and preservatives). A detox is a fairly drastic way to go (and they can also be expensive), but it does help rev up your metabolism, clean toxins from your system, and send your body a clear message that it's time to get healthier.

Put An End To Constant Hunger Here are more ways to achieve the same thing and get rid of your constant hunger:

Cut out sugar, and you will cut out sugar highs, and also the insulin spike (as your body desperately tries to deal with all the sugar) that follow. Take a look at food labels - if sugar is among the first 3 ingredients, do not eat it! Also, pitch artificially-sweetened products (unless they are sweetened with Stevia or organic honey) because chemical sweeteners aren't healthy, either. So, no diet pop (diet soda), no "Low-fat" or "fat free" diet foods (they substitute salt and sugar for fats) and no sugar at all except foods with natural sugars, such as fruit.

Drink water when you first wake up in the morning and then before and with every meal. You should have 8 glasses of water every day. If you dislike the taste, add a slice of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit or a splash of fruit juice to make your own low-cal, low-sugar flavored water.

Get about 8 hours of sleep every night if you want to lose weight. Not getting enough sleep has been linked to obesity.

Go for a brisk walk, climb stairs at your office for 10 minutes, get off the bus or subway a few stops sooner and walk home - do anything you can to get some exercise about half an hour before eating and you will be less hungry as well as being more relaxed.

Could it be stress eating? Emotional eating? Eating to fill up a hole in your life, such as a recent loss or not living the life you really want? Get to the root of the problem, and stop self-medicating with 'comfort' fatty foods.

Eat smaller meals more often - 6 small meals a day is much healthier than 2 or 3 large ones. Choose a healthy eating plan that shows you how to do this, and fit it into a busy day.

Cut down on bread, muffins, cake, pastry, donuts, pasta - anything made with white flour. Instead, choose whole wheat bread, and eat more berries and other fruits, yogurt, cottage cheese, whole grain rice (wild, brown jasmine, forbidden rice or Bhutanese red rice) and fill up on green, red, yellow and orange vegetables (except corn).

Release yourself from constant hunger! Choose the right diet for you that helps shed pounds quickly and keep them off for life. Here's how to get started with your new practical and hunger-satisfying weight loss plan.

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