They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. After a long night without food, your body needs to refuel in order to get your metabolism going and give you energy for the rest of the day.
Drinking a couple of glasses of water before a meal can help you feel full sooner, allowing you to eat less without feeling deprived. It’s also a good idea to drink water throughout the day because symptoms of dehydration mask themselves as signs of hunger. So, If you’re not keen on drinking plain water, find ways to include it into your day.
Most of us rush through our meals with our minds elsewhere, hardly tasting what we’re eating. By slowing down and eating mindfully, not only will you enjoy your food more, you’ll naturally eat less. It takes about 20 minutes for our stomach to tell the brain that its full. If you wolf down your sandwich in five minutes, you’re probably eating more than you need to be satisfied, because your brain hasn’t caught up.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Getting a good night’s rest is a good way to encourage weight loss. Without adequate sleep, the hormones leptin and ghrelin — the ones that trigger hunger— become imbalanced, and that can lead to an increased appetite. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults aim for seven to nine hours a night.