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ALWAYS HUNGRY? YOU MIGHT JUST BE EATING THE WRONG STUFF

ALWAYS HUNGRY? YOU MIGHT JUST BE EATING THE WRONG STUFF

Snack attack. Peckish. Hank Marvin. Just plain hungry. Reasonable enough before a meal. Not good if it is happening all the time, even if you keep eating.

‘Always hungry’ can be caused by the wrong food choices. What are the right ones?

IS HUNGER BAD?

There's nothing more satisfying than feeling hungry just before you tuck into a good meal. It's one of life’s great pleasures and something we should all enjoy.

But can you tell the difference between real hunger and being bored? When you go for a snack, are you just looking for something to do? With all the temptations around, it's easy to over eat. That’s when we start to count calories and possibly make the wrong choices.

WHY DO WE OVEREAT?

One theory is this: your body needs certain nutrients to function well. If you fill yourself with rubbish you will still crave those nutrients, even though you've eaten your fill of calories. So you'll keep looking for something to eat until you've given your body the vitamins and minerals it's crying out for. Makes sense doesn't it? 

WHAT’S WRONG WITH LIMITING CALORIE INTAKE?

Nothing in principle – we all know what happens if we take in more than we burn off. The problem comes when people save their calorie allowance for perceived ‘treats’, by skimping on more nutritious foods. You know the kind of thinking.  ‘I’ll skip breakfast so I can have full sugar latte and a giant iced muffin later’.

The new term for this is ‘negative dietary displacement’. That means pushing out good nutritious foods and replacing them with, well, rubbish. Or to be less harsh; food with lower nutritional value and a much higher calorie density.

WHAT SHOULD I DO INSTEAD?

Practice positive displacement.  Don’t think restriction. Think good food to fend off hunger. Displace sugary fast food with vegetables, good protein and tasty flavours.

A sedentary job can be a minefield of hunger pangs.  Stave them off by arming yourself with good office food for both lunch and munch.

There’s no need to deprive yourself of tasty, satisfying food in the pursuit of nutritious eating. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Eat well, fit in your Hussle and make a healthy life a treat.

Photo by Mark Claus on Unsplash

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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