3 Tricks That Kill Hunger

It is not just about what you eat in order to lose weight, it is also about what you eat and how you eat. So here are the 3 tricks that will hopefully make you feel full for longer:

  1. Drink two glasses of water (for a total of 16 ounce water) before each meal. That can help you cut down up to 60 calories per meal.
  2. If you can use flavors in your dishes then that would be great. Use vinegar and cinnamon as flavor in your meals. They can make you feel full for longer as they regulate blood sugar levels after meals. That can awesomely satisfying.
  3. Eat carrots. I have said it time and time again that carrots are the holy grail of dieters. It can make you feel full for longer without putting too much into your daily calorie budget. Remember, green and orange vegetables contain about 90 percent water. That fills up your stomach and your brain keeps on registering the feeling of being full.

Food Trades: Trade These For Massive Calorie Cuts

Let me just share with you foods (and/or some tricks) that can enable you to make massive calorie cuts in your diet and hence start losing weight.

  • You like a movie don’t you. We all do. You like a popcorn don’t you. We all do. But did you know that those massive sized buttery popcorn available near the movies have something like over 1000 calories. You can easily cut 900 calories if you make your own. Buy a 94 percent fat free variant from any local store (air or microwave pop).
  • Feel like eating a cup cake? You can satisfy your sweet needs  but not buy having a gigantic cup cake. Instead try a smaller one and save around 500 calories.
  • I have posted this tip before but now just to refresh your memory. You can fool yourself into getting slim. Trade in your 12 inch plates with 10 inch ones and research suggests that you are likely to eat 22 percent less food on each meal. Do that for every meal of the day and you can easily cash in on 500 calories less.

3 More Mistakes On Losing Weight

As new researches keep on educating us on how to lose weight, there is a lot of confusion as well. One thing that is for sure now is that losing weight is not just about eating less and exercising more (though it is about that, 90 percent I would say). There are many others things you could do to lose weight. However , there are many things you could already be doing which might be hampering your progress as you try your level best to lose some weight.

  1. You eat when you are thirsty. This may sound a bit obvious, but a lot of people make the mistake of judging their thirst as their hunger and thus end up eating a lot of calories. So always try to drink a bit when you feel like being hungry and observe how you feel.
  2. You like to eat at night. We can all understand that a lot of people have jobs and family and cannot really afford to eat at regular times because of their busy schedule but remember this. Whatever you eat late at night has very little chance of getting burned off and thus can appear as fat on your body in no time. Try to eat before 8 pm. More preferably, before 6 pm.
  3. You eat kid’s leftovers. No one likes to throw food away but, eating leftovers will make you gain weight and would give you a waist that you would not like. So, instead of eating leftovers, make less food so less food is wasted and in an ideal case, try “no food for leftovers at all”.

3 More Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

Here are some more reason why, despite all your efforts, you are not losing weight.

  1. You might not be taking enough slimming minerals. Minerals and Vitamins are really important, not just for general health, but also for losing weight. Potassium helps your body to maintain the ionic balance which leads to healthy muscles. When you are losing weight, you want to lose fat mass, not muscle mass. You want your body to use your  fats for energy, not your muscles. Potassium helps nutrients reach your muscles and hence feed them. Potassium rich foods also tend to be low in calories and are really filling. Potassium also helps your body get rid of water weight and toxins, which helps to lose those last extra pounds.
  2. Get more sleep. With so much work around us these days, most of us tend to sleep a lot less than generations that came before us. It has been proved time and time again that lack of sleep leads to a gain in weight. It is because when we force ourselves to stay awake, we are more likely to eat more in order to stay awake. Also staying awake most of the time by force, encourages the body to slow down the metabolism and increases appetite, it also forces the body to burn less fat to survive.
  3. Cool environment is bad news. There have been researches done and published just recently which have proved that the idea that our bodies burn more calories when its cold, is untrue. That means that you should try to stay warmer as that forces the body to burn more calories. Great news for people living in Asia and people living in countries close to the equator.

5 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

Here are some reasons why you might not be losing enough weight. You might be losing weight but not as much as you would expect. If that is the case then read on:

  1. Are you depressed?. Depression can cause an increase in appetite and can lead to massive gains, forget about just not losing weight. When you are in depression, you don’t necessarily eat because of your emotions, you eat to make yourself comfortable and this can be dangerous. The more you eat, the more depressed you feel because you think you will gain weight because of all the eating you have just done. In this case, the first thing you should do, is to forget about dieting or losing weight and consult a doctor for your unstable emotions and then worry about your weight, otherwise you will never get out of this binging vicious cycle.
  2. People have conflicting views on this one. Some say that you must set realistic goals, like losing 10 pounds in 2 months. Others say that you should set unrealistic goals because that will help you get ahead a lot further, like losing 60 pounds in 4 months. My experience says that it is best that you set yourself short term goals. Goals like, lose 2 pounds this week. Nothing more, otherwise you might be put off by the lack of progress and that alone can drive you nuts.
  3. Try to stay away from chocolate. Many people believe that it is ok to have chocolate to have chocolate everyday if you take it in small amounts and the variety is low calorie dark color one instead of the high calorie milk one. That may be true but the thing is that no matter what variety of chocolate, it still has fats and sugar in it. Best option is to avoid it because you cannot have it in small amounts (in chocolate world, small amount is really small, people cannot possibly understand how small) and you might gain weight.
  4. Drinking Water might be a bit confusing for you. Drinking lots of water is obviously good for you as it freshens you up, gives you energy by making the blood flow easily and can release the toxins inside your body. But then again, if you drink too much water you would feel bloated and that might put you off. Plus, if you drink water when you are hungry then that also could hamper your motivation. The trick is to find the balance. Drink water while going to bed and waking up. Drink water with meals and the such. Other then that, pack on the veggies and high fiber foods like pasta and brown rice.
  5. Don’t go too easy on yourself. I do agree that one should never make drastic changes suddenly in ones lifestyle but if you have managed to get started on a diet program or an exercising regime then stick to it. Be dedicated and be strict. There is no point in doing 10 push ups and then rewarding yourself with a cream cake. You have to increase the amount of exercise, decrease the amount of food while increasing the percentage of minerals, vitamins and fiber in your diet.

How To Control Your Cravings

So without any fillers, here are 4 ways you can control your cravings and thus finally start to lose some good old weight.

  1. First step to control your cravings, is to write them down. Write down the stuff you crave and then think about them for moment. Think about which ones are bad for your health and which have gone out of control.
  2. You need to identify the situations which forces you to binge. In other words, know when you crave for stuff. When you know those moments then you have to take actions. Go for a walk, take a shower, just do anything that would take your mind off eating some junk food. Call a good friend. That always works
  3. You need to deal with your craving triggers yourself. You have to manage them yourself. So the next time you get cravings, just pick a gum and chew it, that releases stress and has been known to stimulate certain parts of the brain. Try to stay away from stress (through exercise may be) if you know that you eat a lot when you are stressed.
  4. You need to take your craving head on and try to kick it out. First step in order to achieve this is always by telling someone about your cravings. That has an instant effect of, you having more control. Don’t know the exact science behind this, but trust me, this works.
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