staying full in general
So, over the last few years I've been trying to cut out fast food, eat healthier and all that. Usually a good idea, right? However, I've had a bit of a chronic problem with changing my diet: I often have a hard time staying full on the foods I eat.
It's fairly common during the day for me to eat something (even something dense and filling like a ham sandwich or a cup of oatmeal) and be hungry 1-2 hours later, even if I ate until I was stuffed. There are 1 or 2 things I've had success with, but now I'm stuck in a situation where if I deviate from my accustomed daily food AT ALL, I'm very likely to wind up ravenous before mealtime at some point. Even if I do eat just my usual boring stuff, I'm still often hungry hours before dinnertime.
Mind you, I'm not really trying to lose weight because I'm fairly healthy in that dept right now. I'm hoping some of you forum-goers can give me suggestions for foods that will keep me from getting ravenous during the workday that don't rely on high cholesterol or empty calories to keep me sated.
examples of stuff I've had success with so far:
bean & rice bowl with egg
heavy meat & potatoes dinners
...and that's pretty much it. Also, fruits, vegetables, tofu/tempeh and water do pretty much nothing to make me less hungry, tasty though they are. Thanks in advance, look forward to your ideas!
One thing that affects appetite that surprises a lot of people is sleep. If you're not getting sufficient sleep, then hormone that tells your brain that you're full becomes suppressed. Improving sleep routines is actually a very effective method of managing overeating.
Protein is also a biggie. I know you're not trying to necessarily lose weight, but a lot of people who are add a protein shake or something else with plenty of protein to their diets. Protein is very effective in keeping you full.
Lastly, don't feel bad if you eat between meals. God knows, I rarely ever go more than a couple hours without at least a snack. It's not bad for your health. In fact, it can even slightly elevate your metabolism. (Just make sure they're healthy snacks.)
If you get hungry faster than you want to be, that means you have a high metabolism rate. It isn't really bad. You just move a lot and think a lot compared to the usual guys. I eat a lot and I barely can gain weight. I have actually experimented on eating my fullest every meal and having hearty snacks and the most I got over 3 months’ time was less than 5 pounds.
If you don;t want to lose weight, just do what you are accustomed to, but try to have some basic limit on what you can intake. Bring bananas along with you - they will keep you full.
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