What’s your biggest concern about dieting? If you’re worried about feeling hungry all the time, you’re certainly not alone. Many women and men have negative associations with diets because they feel like dieting is the same as starving themselves, making weight loss without hunger pangs seem impossible.
However, cutting calories doesn’t have to mean struggling with your appetite – dieting without hunger or self-starvation is entirely possible. Try the tips below, and contact a Diet Doc medical professional for more advice.
Stick to an Exercise Plan
It might seem counterintuitive, but regular exercise can actually help control hunger during weight loss plans. Both aerobic and resistance exercise have been shown to reduce hunger hormone levels, which may prevent you from feeling like you need to eat large portions or extra snacks.
Work out an exercise plan with your doctor and stick to it—once exercise becomes a routine, it won’t feel like a chore.
Drinking a 16-ounce glass of water before eating can help you feel more satiated after your meal, which may reduce your urge to snack between meals. Just make sure you’re sticking to water—don’t consume empty calories from sodas and other sugary drinks.
Replace High-Fat Foods with Healthier Alternatives
It’s possible to reduce your calorie intake without reducing your portion size. The best way to do this is to reduce or cut out high-fat foods—such as French fries, pastries, and fatty cuts of meat—and replace them with lower-calorie, filling alternatives that satisfy your diet hunger. For example, rather than eating a beef burger, you could eat a Portobello mushroom burger. When making pasta, you could decrease the noodles and meat and increase the vegetables.
Eat an Appetizer
Eating a healthy appetizer, such as a green salad or broth-based soup, can help fill you up so that you don’t overeat when your entrée gets to the table. In order to help satisfy both your hunger and weight loss efforts, make an effort to eat slowly and be mindful of how you feel—remember that you don’t need to finish your entrée if you start feeling full.
Use an Appetite Suppressant Medication
If you’ve tried the strategies above but are still struggling with feeling hungry between meals, it may be time to talk to your doctor about prescription appetite suppressant medications. Appetite suppressant pills target the adrenal gland and alter your levels of the hormone epinephrine and the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. This action leads to a decrease in appetite and an increase in energy so that you can eat less without feeling sluggish or hungry.
To find out if an appetite suppressant medicine is right for you, contact a Diet Doc medical professional. We can help you establish a diet program that will help you achieve weight loss without hunger pangs.