Most people skip their main meals to ‘slim down’ and consequently end up eating more than they should when they get hungry again. Skipping a meal like breakfast means that you get hungry in a few hours and then you end up eating, and overeating, all kinds of junk food, which in turn makes you more hungry because they digest fast and have little to no nutritional value. This can ultimately lead to obesity, so here are some ways to stop yourself from eating too much.
Apart from the mandatory number of glasses per day, how much water do you actually consume? Most people compensate for their lack of aqua with other beverages like fruit juices, fizzy drinks and coffee. But drinking a tall glass of water a minute or two before your meal will fill up your stomach, making you feel full after you eat an appropriate amount. It will stop you from guzzling down second and third helpings out of greed. Don’t forget, having a glass of water shouldn’t stop you from getting your Prana On vital greens, carbs and proteins – it’s just to stop you overeating.
If you don’t have time to do a full English breakfast, at least have enough of one thing to completely fill you up. Plenty of health nuts use protein powder for weight loss because it is very effective; you will not feel hungry for a long while, it gives you just the right nutrients to start an energized day, and it kick starts your metabolism early so that it keeps running at full potential throughout the day. You can put it into your morning shake, porridge or whatever you have. Other things like fruit salads, smoothies, yoghurt, eggs cooked in any shape or form and cereal are great ways to fill up without the guilt.
Tricking Your Brain
Busy individuals often eat a full sandwich on the go but still feel hungry. The problem is that our brains are hard wired to not feel full unless it was a proper sit down meal. So no matter how much you fill your stomach with, your brain will not accept that as a proper meal. If you want to trick the brain into accepting your quickie cheat lunch, sit down for the 5 minutes it takes to finish your hot dog, taco or omelette. Use a bench on the pavement outside your next appointment if necessary, but sit down and finish eating. You don’t have to remain seated for the whole meal even. Just be seated for the end of it and stay that way for a minute or so after you’ve finished eating so that your brain has time to process the cue from your stomach.