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Ways to Stop Being Hungry

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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
Ways to Stop Being Hungry
Stop late night forays into the fridge. Photo Credit David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images

Your hunger can become a mind game when you're on a restricted-calorie diet. Since you're more aware of what you're eating, you automatically become more aware of what you're not eating. This can make you feel hungry -- and prone to falling off the diet wagon. Stop feeling hungry, even when you're on a diet. Understand your cravings, plan your meals in advance and use the right snacks to stay on track.

Eat Often

Dieting shouldn't automatically mean starving yourself. By eating smaller meals throughout the day, you help your body in a variety of ways. You avoid constant hunger by keeping your stomach satisfied. You also keep your metabolism revved so you actually burn more calories than if you were sticking to three meals a day. Keep healthy snacks on hand so you eat at least every two to three hours; this way, you won't have time to feel hungry.

Snack Smart

Load your body with the right foods so you can stop hunger while still losing weight. Look for foods full of water and fiber, which essentially fool your body into feeling full without a large caloric intake. Cucumbers, carrots, celery, cantaloupe, watermelon and grapefruit all contain plenty of water. Such fruits and veggies make ideal snacks; in addition to a high water content, they're high in fiber, low in calories and contain plenty of nutrients.

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Relieve Stress

When you're stressed out, your body releases cortisol. This hormone can trigger your appetite and prevent you from feeling full. When you struggle with problems at work or home, you may find yourself examining the contents of your fridge more often. By taking time to calm down and relieve your stress, you also may relieve your hunger pangs. Stop your work and take two minutes to practice deep breathing. Breathe in for five counts and out for five counts until you feel more relaxed.

Slow Down

When you eat quickly, you may feel less fulfilled than if you'd eaten slowly. Your brain is the center for hunger in your body. When you eat quickly, you don't give your brain sufficient time to receive the signal that you're full, which can lead to overeating or binging later. Take your time during meals and snacks to give your brain ample time to tell your body it's satisfied. This may help you feel less hungry throughout the day.

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