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Tips to Control Hunger Pangs

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 25, 2012
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Tips to Control Hunger Pangs

The phrase ‘you are what you eat’ holds true. Inability to keep your appetite and energy levels in control floods you with a host of health concerns. However, on the brighter side, keeping tab on hunger pangs will bring innumerable health benefits, such as low cholesterol level, streamlined blood circulation and many more.

Mentioned below are the recommendations to keep your appetite in control.

 

[Read: How to control your Appetite]



Small/frequent meals


  • Eating small meals throughout the day will help you control cravings, maintains blood sugar levels, keeps you energised and promotes repairing of damaged muscle tissues.
  • Small meals, 4—5 mini meals instead of 3 full meals, should be structured in a way to fulfil the caloric requirement.
  • These meals will provide you with appropriate amount of nutrients, majorly from proteins and carbohydrates. Morning meal, most important meal of the day, should be centred on carbohydrates.


Don't miss out on meals


If you skip a meal, you are bound to succumb to hunger pangs. Breakfast is considered as the most important meal of the day, which should never be skipped. The first meal of the day is important to replenish the nutrients lost during night fast. Missing out on meals lowers blood sugar levels, lowers energy levels and makes hunger pangs irresistible, and will  make you overeat.

 

[Read: Portion control for Weight Loss]

 


Binge on healthy veggies

Vegetables are full of nutrients, which helps you stay healthy and control hunger. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and peas should be incorporated in diet chart, as these are high in fibre but lower in calories. Health vegetables will fill stomach with consumption of fewer calories and let you control your appetite cravings.

Food Choices

Nutrition experts recommend eating more whole grains and less refined carbohydrates to control hunger pangs. Whole grains are more filling and satisfying than refined carbohydrate foods, such as idlis, dosas, white bread and white rice, which increases the risk of over-consuming calories. Smoothies, especially the ones prepared with low-fat yoghurt and loads of fruit keeps you energised. The healthy smoothies are high in protein, fibre and calcium. Rather than higher-calorie soups, go for broth-based soup and add veggies to it to make it energy-dense.

 

[Read: Simple Ways to Cut Calories]

 



Sleep


Sleeping is also related to appetite control. Lack of sleep affects melatonin hormone, related to appetite and may be responsible for frequent food cravings.

Drink as much water as possible


As far as appetite suppressants are concerned, water is inarguably the healthiest of all. Besides drinking lot of water, go for foods high in water content. Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries and orange will fill you up easily, and has fewer calories than their size.

 


Read more on Healthy Eating.

 

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