Do you have days where you do well but other days when you feel really hungry? Not sure why this happens?
This topic always brings back memories. I remember having hungry days where I felt like I could eat the rag out of a doll! (that’s Aussie slang for ‘eat everything in sight’) I felt like I was constantly thinking about food and what I was going to eat next. So, if you can relate to this, you’re not alone.
We all have days like this but if it is more than an occasional occurrence you may need to look a bit deeper to find the cause as this could be a hindrance to your success on the scales and how long you last on a healthy program.
Here are some tips that really helped me cope with hungry days:
- Check your water intake. Make sure you drink adequate amounts of water each day as we can often mistake hunger for thirst. Rather than reach for a snack, try having a glass of water first, then if you still feel hungry 10 minutes later, have a healthy snack. I recommend that you drink at least 8 glasses a day.
- Stick to your required fats and calories. If you have a hungry day, ask “what did I eat yesterday?” Did you cut down too much, too busy to eat or did you feel unwell? Missing meals one day can lead to disaster the next day. Having a well-balanced amount of healthy food each day will help you avoid hungry days.
- Monitor your emotions. Do you have a pattern of eating when you’re feeling emotional, tired or stressed? Working through emotions without food related solutions will really help when you have a hungry day.
- Don’t skip breakfast. Having breakfast each day will help you to avoid binging or constantly eating for the rest of the day. My Premium Breakfast Shakes will give you a great start to the day.
- Eat a good lunch. Including lean protein and a good amount of salad or veggies in your lunch will help you through the afternoon.
- Be prepared. If you’re out running errands be sure to have a healthy snack on hand in case you are out longer than expected. Feeling over-hungry can lead to binging later.
It’s often mind over matter, so talk to yourself in a loving way that supports your new healthy lifestyle. Instead of believing what your negative inner voice tells you, know that you can talk yourself out of a binge or overeating. For example, instead of saying “I must eat, I’m so hungry, I need chocolate, I’m starving” try saying things like “I’ve had enough to eat, I just need to take my mind off food. I‘ll call a friend or go for a walk to get me past this difficult time”.
It’s up to you to take responsibility for your eating habits to ensure hungry days become a thing of the past. So, do the right thing by yourself and you’ll reap the rewards.