Food should do one very simple thing – when you eat it, you should stop feeling hungry. Many people often mistake diets for something that should torture them into losing weight. While getting slimmer is a nice benefit, your diet is not really working if you’re constantly hungry and feel like you can eat anything. Let’s take a look at how to recognize if your diet is satiating enough or not.
When you eat, your stomach and your intestines are sending signals to your brain about what nutrients are coming in. In response, your body produces hormones that make you feel satiated. Based on studies, foods that contain protein, fibre, and water are best at causing your body to produce those satiety hormones.
Some foods are better at keeping hunger away
Most real foods are a great choice. For example, veggies and fruits have a lot of water and fibre; fish, eggs, meats, and nuts have a lot of protein; legumes and grains have protein and fibre. You just can’t go wrong. It’s only those highly processed junk foods that are intensely sweet, fatty, salty, crunchy, creamy, or all at once, that suck – they don’t fill you up, they make it easy to continue eating almost endlessly.
If you’re hungry, your diet sucks
It takes willpower to constantly fight hunger. You might manage it for a short period of time but sooner or later, your body will say “enough”. And that’s when you overeat to compensate and ruin all your hard work. If you want long-term success, you need to make sure that your diet consistently makes you feel satisfied and full after each meal. Feeling hungry all the time is not the solution; it shouldn’t be part of a healthy diet.
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You’re doing it right if
- You’re choosing real, wholesome foods over processed ones.
- You stop eating because your meal makes you feel satisfied, like you’ve had enough.
- You don’t experience urgent, panic-inducing evening hungers.
- You’re not checking your fridge and pantry all the time.
All of these signs may come a long time before you actually lose any weight. And they definitely mean you’re doing it right. So make sure to look for them and fight hunger the smart way!