It’s a common saying that the ultimate way to lose weight is to cut back on calories. However, there’s just one small problem with this theory. Often times the more calories people cut, the hungrier they get. Hunger leads to painful stomach pangs, tiredness, sluggishness, and an all-around gloomy feeling. Many people cannot stick with these symptoms for the long term. And after the diet is over, they usually go back to their old ways of eating. However, there is a solution for this problem. Here are some ways a person can cut calories without feeling hungry.
The first thing to think about is the quality of food rather than the quantity. While there is truth to the calorie cutting principle, studies actually showed that people who ate more fat actually lost the most weight when calorie intake was kept the same.
Different types of calories are used differently in the body. For instance, high glycemic foods are digested very quickly. However, foods that are high fiber and low in glycemic index, take a longer time for the body to break down. In general, high fiber foods make a person feel fuller longer. People who eat these types of foods are more likely to lose weight.
Going even further, if a banana has 110 calories and a piece of candy also has 110 calories, the banana is more likely to make you feel fuller and keep you more satisfied. After the diet is over, you’d be better off getting used to eating bananas than candy. The point is that for long-term weight loss, you must spend more time focusing on the type of food you eat. You can still keep your foods low calorie, but swap high glycemic foods for low glycemic foods. Examples of low glycemic foods include beans, fruit, and vegetables.
Additionally, if you put calorie and calorie together, high protein foods have been known to satisfy more than carbohydrates or fat. Examples of protein rich foods include eggs, meat, milk, fish, and nuts.
You also might also want to focus on eating most of your food early in the day and less food later in the day. For instance, start the day off with a good breakfast. By the time dinner rut rolls around, keep things light and in small portions. Studies show that people who ate the bulk of their food towards the end of the day, ate more calories over all than those who ate most of their food in the beginning of the day.
Lastly, if you’re looking to curb the amount of calories you eat, just don’t buy high calorie foods. If it’s not in your cabinet, you just can’t eat it. Now there is the temptation that may lurk in the cubicles when you go to work. Often times offices will have parties or the manager may bring a box of doughnuts. However, if you pack a nice healthy lunch with you with some satisfying high fiber and low glycemic snacks such as dried fruit, you will be able to resist the temptation of sugary calorie packed doughnuts.
It is true that successful dieting is about cutting calories. But you have to remember what types of food you’re eating. If you just focus on calories and don’t focus on the type of food, you will end up hungry, and when the diet is over you will just go back to the way you used to eat.