As we get older, our metabolism slows down, and habits we could get away with when we were younger now cause us to become overweight. It is a cruel reality that we need to face. Most of us will need to change what we eat, how much we eat and how much physical activity we do to stay in good health.
A diet is never something most people rush into with a smile on their face. Change is hard for everyone. Most people think of a diet is eating less and feeling hungry most of the time. It can be for a short time, but there are ways to combat the hungry feeling. Don’t believe me? Keep reading, you’ll be glad you did.
The first week or two of any diet is tough. Think of it as a rehab of sorts, as you shift from eating “whatever,” to eating much more healthy. You will feel hungry at certain times, yes, but here is a secret weapon for you to consider – fiber.
I remember eating my breakfast early on in my diet, and feeling ravenous at 9:00AM. I asked my personal trainer about it, and he told me to see how much fiber I was eating. I looked up my foods and read the yogurt label, not much if any. That was the key – not enough fiber.
See, fiber takes more time to be processed in your body, so you feel fuller longer. Fiber also helps you stay regular, so its a win – win. if you are feeling ravenously hungry the majority of the day, I’ll bet you are not incorporating enough fiber in your diet. Consult your doctor on how much fiber you should eat each day.
These days fiber is the new “hip” thing to add to food items at the market, but fiber can be found in many foods that you may not have considered adding to your diet;
Almonds, soy nuts, whole flax seed, apricots, prunes, dates, raisins, raspberries, blueberries, avocado, kiwi, strawberries, lima beans, kidney beans, broccoli, spinach, and my favorite, the apple. Yes, there are plenty more, but this list will give you an idea of great ways to add fiber to your diet in different ways. Always keep in mind to limit fiber rich foods, because they can make you ‘real’ regular (if you know what I mean). Add some in slowly, and adjust to what works best for you.
A diet is tough, but I hope you will take advantage of the natural help that fiber can give you. I wish you the best of success on your road to weight control and fitness.