Does this problem sound familiar to you? You’re an active person who might work out at the gym or participate in sports, you always take the stairs and you go for hikes at the weekend – yet you’ve hit a plateau with your weight loss. If you’re stumped as to why, have you looked at what you’re eating? Many people inadvertently sabotage their exercise efforts by eating the wrong thing or overeating the right thing. Don’t get stuck in losing-weight limbo. Here are six ways you can curb your appetite and eat better to support the physical work you’re doing.
Eat More Protein
Protein is a powerhouse when it comes to supporting healthy weight loss for several reasons. It helps to boost your metabolism, meaning your body efficiently burns more calories continuously. In fact, it not only increases your metabolism but also stops your metabolism from decreasing full stop, which is what tends to happen as you get older. Protein also makes you feel fuller for longer, which means you don’t need to eat as frequently, nor as much when you do, and it stops you from losing muscle, ensuring you burning fat instead.
Use a Natural Health-Enhancing Product
There are some fantastic natural products on the market that help support healthy weight loss without putting nasty things inside you, and while ensuring you continue to get essential nutrients. The team from Le-Vel Thrive believes that subscribing to a monthly supplement course can be the first step to making some considerable lifestyle shifts. You’ll get into a routine of regularly taking on-board vitamins, shakes and other supplements; after all, consistency is key.
Exercise Before a Meal
When your body temperature goes up, your body responds by regulating feeding patterns. Your appetite decreases as a result of receptors in the brain being triggered by the hot feeling you get when you exercise. This is because exercise can suppress the appetite-increasing hormone and boost your appetite-decreasing hormone. Experts also found a similar response happens when you eat hot food, so liberally throw on the chili powder the next time you make a spicy meal.
Burn More Calories Than You Consume
It may sound basic, but it’s a simple fact: if you consume fewer calories than you burn, you’ll always lose weight. There is a slight caveat in that while you may burn 1500 calories across a day and only consume 1200 calories, but if the 1200 calories you take on board are all from chocolate, they’re not going to do a whole lot of good in there. Remember, calories are fuel for your body, and, like a car, the better the quality of the fuel, the better you will run.
Drink Lots of Water
The quickest way to tell if you’re truly hungry is to drink a glass of water. Often, receptors in your body send signals to your brain telling you you’re hungry when you’re actually just thirsty. But that’s not all: when your stomach feels full, it triggers alerts to tell you to stop eating, so drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal and continuing to drink while you’re eating will help fill your stomach faster.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
While you won’t burn more calories while sleeping, a good night’s sleep will certainly help you avoid gaining weight. Many people reach for sugary items when they’re tired to give them an energy boost – and that’s not just because they may have a sweet tooth. When you don’t get enough sleep, you produce more of the appetite-increasing hormone, so your body will tell you you’re hungry, even if you’re not.
If you’re unhappy with your weight and energy levels, it’s time to do something about it. With just a few small adjustments to your diet and lifestyle, you can make a significant difference in how you feel. It’s time to put your health and well-being first – after all, you get just one life; live it well.