Since I’ve been off the injection, I’ve found myself to get hungry quicker than usual. Not sure if anyone else has experienced the same. I’ve happened to come across some helpful tools that can assist us hungry folks. :0)
Fighting Hunger Quickly
Do a self scan. Whenever you feel hungry or have the desire to eat, take a pause for a minute or two and do a quick self scan. This will help you determine what the best action is for your feelings.
- Many times we feel hungry when we’re actually not physically hungry at all. We might be bored, thirsty, upset, stressed or just in the mood to eat a tasty snack. Since there are a variety of reasons outside of true physical hunger that can cue you to eat, a quick self scan can help you out.
- Take a minute to think: Is my stomach growling? Does my stomach feel empty? When was my last meal or snack? Do I feel stressed, anxious or upset? Am I bored? Asking yourself these questions can help you determine whether or not you’re truly hungry.
- If you are physically hungry, have a planned snack or wait until your next meal to eat. You can also apply some tricks to help calm your hunger down.
- If you’re not truly hungry, find another activity to distract yourself with until your craving or desire to eat goes away.
Drink water or tea.
Many times, people feel hungry and want to snack or eat but are actually just thirsty. The signals of thirst and hunger feel similar and are easy to confuse.
- Water can help fill your stomach which may help stave off hunger pains. It helps fill your stomach and send signals to your brain that you’re full.
- Drink a full two glasses if your stomach is growling. Or consider carrying a water bottle throughout the day so you can continuously sip throughout the day. This will also help prevent dehydration throughout the day.
- Warm or hot water may make you feel even more satisfied than plain water. The flavor and warmth mimic a meal. Hot coffee or tea are good options. However, if you’re watching your weight, stick to sugar-free options.
Brush your teeth
- Toothpaste provides an intense flavor that can help cut cravings immediately. In addition, most foods do not taste as good right after you’ve brushed your teeth.
- Try keeping a travel toothbrush around if you get hungry during a long day away from home.
Find an exciting activity
Pay attention to the symptoms of your hunger. If you think you’re hungry, but aren’t experiencing any typical hunger sensations you may be craving food for another reason.
- Eating out of boredom is very common. Change your mind by participating in another activity. This can help distract your brain and mind for a bit and allow the craving to pass.
- Go for a quick walk, talk to a friend, read a good book, do some household chores or surf the internet. One study even reports fewer cravings when the participants played tetris.
Chew on gum or suck on mints
Some studies have shown that chewing on gum or sucking on a mint helps immediately decrease feelings of hunger.
- The chewing or suck sensation paired with a flavor tells your brain that you’re satisfied and is thought to be the reason why this trick works so well.
- Stick to sugar-free gums and mints. These generally have very few calories associated with them and are an appropriate method to stop hunger pangs when you’re following a diet.
Stay strong and all the best for the rest of the week.