I think we can all relate to this: You have just finished a delicious meal, and, within half an hour you find yourself standing in front of the fridge looking for something to eat….again! So why does this happen? It could just be a very bad habit (who needs to eat something sweet just after dinner?), however, there could be other reasons that you may not have considered:
You Drink Too Much ‘Fizz’: Softdrinks, iced teas, and other sweetened beverages are our biggest source of high-fructose corn syrup—and this can ‘play tricks’ on your appetite. A study from the University of California showed that fructose can trick our brains into craving more food, even when we’re full. It works by impeding the body’s ability to use leptin, the “satiation hormone” that tells us when we’ve had enough to eat, researchers say.
Not Enough Breakfast: Breakfast is the most skipped meal for most of us – and this is a total disaster for controlling your appetite for the rest of the day. Eating a big breakfast makes for smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin throughout the day, meaning fewer sudden food cravings. For best effect, add some protein in the morning. Protein slows the digestion of your first meal of the day, so you will feel fuller for longer.
Lack of Salads: Eating your leafy greens will help you to keep up your folate levels. A recent study, showed that dieters with the highest levels of folate in their bodies lost 8.5 times as much weight as those with the lowest levels. So make sure at lunch at dinner there is plenty of green vegetables on your plate!
Lack of Fluid: Dehydration often mimics the feeling of hunger. If you’ve just eaten and still feel hungry, drink a glass of water before eating more, and see if your cravings diminish. As a rule, make sure you drink 1 glass of water before each meal: this will help to ‘fill’ your stomach before you eat and lower your appetite. As a general rule, make sure you are drinking between 1.5-2 litres of water a day.
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