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How to Fight Hunger Pangs When Losing Weight

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author image Jacques Courseault
As a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician I have extensive experience in musculoskeletal/neurological medicine that will benefit the network.
How to Fight Hunger Pangs When Losing Weight
Eat more protein to fight hunger pangs. Photo Credit gbh007/iStock/Getty Images

Hunger pangs are a major obstacle to losing weight. Your body is not used to your decreased caloric intake and may not have fully adapted to your healthy diet. Furthermore, if your weight-loss plans include exercise, your body may be craving more food and calories. Use certain techniques to help fight hunger pangs when losing weight.

Step 1

How to Fight Hunger Pangs When Losing Weight
Increase the amount of protein you consume in your diet. Photo Credit Viktorija Kuprijanova/iStock/Getty Images

Increase the amount of protein you consume in your diet. According to HealthScout, studies suggest that eating more protein can fight hunger pangs. Specifically, eating more protein in your diet increases a hunger-fighting hormone. Therefore, you should choose to follow the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture to eat one-fourth of a plate of a lean meat, such as fish or poultry. If you do not eat meat, increase your consumption of legumes such as black beans, red beans or peas.

Step 2

How to Fight Hunger Pangs When Losing Weight
Drink more water to suppress your appetite. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Drink more water to suppress your appetite, according to Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com. He states that drinking one 8-ounce glass of water as soon as you feel hungry will decrease your hunger pangs within 10 minutes. Therefore, you should keep a bottle of water with you during the day to drink if you begin to feel hungry. If you do not like to drink water, try a calorie-free sports drink or tea.

Step 3

How to Fight Hunger Pangs When Losing Weight
Eat foods rich in fiber to fight hunger pangs. Photo Credit Alliance/iStock/Getty Images

Eat more fiber to fight hunger pangs. According to the University of California, increasing your fiber consumption can boost feelings of fullness and increase levels of a certain hormone associated with feeling full. To best achieve this goal, eat one-half a plate of fruits and vegetables with each meal, according to the USDA. Further, choose to snack on fruits or vegetables throughout the day to help curb your appetite.

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