January 8, 2012
If there’s one thing that many dieters struggle with as they go about the dieting process, hunger would definitely be it. Feeling hungry can be one of the most troubling things if you are a dieter looking to lose weight because of the fact that it quickly becomes hard to focus on much else.
When you’re satisfied and not hungry, keeping your cravings under control isn’t all that difficult. You just need to keep yourself busy and food will be out of mind.
But, when you have that physical sensation of hunger demanding your attention, it may feel like you can’t do anything else until you give in and obey what it’s asking for.
So this said, how do your food choices influence hunger? There is a very clear connection between the foods you’re choosing to eat and how hungry you are throughout the day, so by making sure you understand this connection, you can feel confident that you’re doing everything possible to manage it.
Let’ s have a quick peak at the main things that you need to know about your food choices and the hunger level you experience on a day to day basis.
The first thing to assess is how protein rich foods will impact hunger. Generally speaking, if there is one food that is going to calm your hunger pains quickly, this is it. Protein is ‘king’ when it comes to hunger control, so if hunger does happen to be an issue for you, it would be a very wise move to make this the foundation of your diet plan.
If you make sure that you have a good amount of protein with each meal or snack that you consume, you shouldn’t have a problem battling hunger throughout the day.
The second type of food to consider is carbs. Now, carbs, for the most part, are foods that will stroke your hunger. If you eat these, it’s highly likely that after eating them, you’re just going to want more.
The body is going to suffer from an increase to your blood sugar level and immediately begin to release insulin to help deal with this elevated level.
As that insulin moves the sugar from the blood stream, you’ll begin to suffer from a blood sugar low, when then only prompts you to eat more, you guessed it, carbs.
Now, the one exception to this is dietary fiber. Foods that are very rich in dietary fiber will actually control your hunger levels better due to the fact that these don’t impact blood glucose levels nearly as much and secondly, they will add bulk to the diet plan.
So go for fiber rich sources of carbs and you’ll be far better off.
Finally, the last type of food is fat rich foods. Fat rich foods, like protein, are also great for controlling your hunger levels because they won’t have any impact on your blood sugar level.
That said, they’re better for long term hunger control as the satiety effects of fats won’t kick in immediately upon eating them. Since fats take so long to digest in the body, the advantage to having them with your meal is that the meal will ‘stick to your bones’ longer. You won’t feel as hungry as quickly after eating the meal, but you won’t feel any fuller while eating the meal.
It’s the long term impact that you’re going for here.
So there you have the main things to note about the three different types of foods that you are eating and their influence on hunger. By structuring your diet full of lean proteins, fiber rich fruits and vegetables along with healthy fats, you can nip your hunger in the butt.