One of the most frequent comments or questions (depends on how my clients state it) is “Coach, I’m hungry all the time and I can’t stop eating or at least wanting to eat. What do I do?”
Well, if you’ve started a weight loss plan or you’ve been on one before, then you know how hard it may be to control hunger throughout the day. First understand this about hunger. It can happen for a number of reasons and even some that are not due to being hungry. It could be from a sudden drop in calories – not eating enough – and sometimes it may be because you are dehydrated. Both can lead to hunger “feelings” without actually being hungry.
But the most likely reason why you’re always hungry when you start a diet has to do with hormones. You see, there are hormones that “talk” to your brain, and tell you when you need to eat, or when you don’t. And when these hormones are unbalanced, it could result in that hungry feeling.
Your Solution: There is a way to stop this feeling from occurring, and it’s really pretty simple: Increase your protein intake. Yep, that’s the rocket science for this one. Eat more Protein.
Studies show that when you switch out carbs and fats for protein, it may better control your appetite and keep those hungry feelings away.
One reason for this is a better balance in your blood sugar levels. More stable blood sugar can cut down on hunger cravings. It may also help people who are prone to blood sugar issues or have type 2 diabetes. (always consult your physician).
The second-way protein helps control your appetite is by balancing out your “hunger” and satiety hormones. Satiety simply means satisfied, and you have specific hormones that help with this. And you can increase these hormones simply by adding more protein to your diet. You’ll experience fewer hunger cravings and better overall meal satisfaction. Net result: not “feeling” hungry all the time.
So, if you’re just starting out on a diet and you’re feeling hungry all the time, you may need to increase your protein intake. And you can do this by eating more lean cuts of meat, wild-caught fatty fish, free-range poultry, Super Shakes, and of course, plant-based protein sources.
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So now I ask you, what’s one step you can take today to get more protein in your meals?