wheniwasayoungwarth0g asked: I eat healthy food, and a good amount, but lately I haven't been feeling full or satisfied. Any tips?
Good question! I’ve definitely experienced this before and found that it can be for a number of different reasons. Here are my suggestions:
Eat your meals more slowly: Like, much more slowly. Check out this article in the NY Times about “Mindful Eating.” It’s a hard habit to develop and hold onto, but I’ve recently tried it with a few meals and it really does make you feel more full & satisfied.
Is it emotional?: If you just ate but still feel hungry or unsatisfied, stop and ask yourself: “Am I really hungry? Or am I bored, sad, anxious, or wanting to eat more for some other reason besides actual hunger? Try and figure out the answer and drink a glass of water while you ponder. If you’re not really hungry the feeling will pass.
Eat what you want: If you feel unsatisfied often, it could be because even though you’re eating healthily, you’re not giving your body what it craves. I’m not trying to say go eat a bunch of candy or cookies every time your sweet tooth kicks in. What I mean is, if you’re craving a cheeseburger or a piece of pizza but you had been planning on eating something light like a salad, just go for the hamburger or the pizza and enjoy it. If you actually feel satisfied you won’t be inclined to snack or binge after your meal. But only do this every once in a while. You can’t give into your cravings every time they come creeping up, but you also can’t completely disregard them.
Make sure you’re getting enough calories: You might think that you’re eating enough but everyone needs at least 1,200 a day and if you’re exercising you will probably need more. Cassy from Blogiates shows you how to calculate your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) so you can find out how many calories you need per day based on your body type and level of physical activity.