Avoid extreme hunger to keep the calories down

Avoid experiencing extreme hunger on a regular basis and try to keep your meal times at a similar time each day.

There are many reasons as to why people experience extreme hunger. Have you ever felt this way? Ask yourself why. Could it be that you neglected to eat during meal times? Maybe you thought you’d rather skip the meal and double up on the following meal.  Perhaps you had an emergency and had to rush off to help someone in need. It could even be that your current eating plan doesn’t provide you with enough energy to get through the whole day comfortably.

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If you experience extreme hunger, you will be left in need of energy and many people tend to search for the high calorie, junk foods when feeling this way. Think about it. Feeling hungry, knowing it will take you a fair amount of time to get cooking? What do you reach for? A chocolate bar, a box of biscuits or some leftover cake from last night’s party?

Not many people turn to healthy foods and snacks when feeling very hungry. This can lead you to taking in more calories than you would have if you had consumed a healthy meal instead. It is often the time when all those high calorie cravings start kicking in too.

Portion size

Apart from the food itself, people tend to neglect their portion size of food that they are taking in when feeling extremely hungry. Takeaways and junk foods are usually bought and these foods tend to come in a much bigger portion than what you may actually need.

What should I do?

Consider taking another look at the foods that you are eating and the quantities/ portion sizes too. Have your eating plan adjusted so that it meets your daily requirements and energy needs. This can help prevent you from overeating and giving into cravings later on. Try eating more or less at the same time daily as well.

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietician if you require assistance in putting a meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.

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