Most of us do it, and if you don’t – you have incredible willpower! But being aware of the difference between true hunger and mindless snacking isn’t as far away as you think, so long as you keep aware and follow a few simple steps.
Get your H2O:The benefits of water are incredible, and in many cases if you’re feeling hungry, a big glass of water can do the trick. Quenching your thirst will often help your cravings to quickly disappear and will hydrate you. Double bonus!
Have veggies cut up and fruit available for easy snacking: Here’s a great little test to try on yourself – if you’re not ravenous enough to snack on those veggies or grab a piece of fruit, you’re probably not really hungry!
Travel with snacks: Take healthy snacks with you on the go so when the urge strikes you, you don’t hit the local fast food joint for a quick fix.
Don’t skip meals: Eating proper meals at regular intervals throughout the day helps to keep you fuller longer, naturally ridding you of those between-meal munchies.
Beware of portions: When you’re having meals or healthy snacks, be aware of portion sizes. Eating too much or too little can certainly cause you to feel hungry between main meals. Keep it balanced and your snacking will naturally lessen.
Get active: If you’re feeling hungry, try going for a walk – and not to the refrigerator or cupboard! If you’re at the office, take a stroll to speak to a colleague or get a breath of fresh air outside. If you’re at home, walk away from the kitchen and get outside or choose another task to focus on inside. Either way, change what you’re doing and you’d be amazed at how quickly your unnecessary snacking needs disappear.
Avoid the midnight munchies: Once the kids are in bed, and you’ve had your well-portioned, fiber-rich dinner, don’t snack anymore. Mindless munchies are often worst at night, so take control and just say no to those late night cravings!