Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Weight Loss That Works - Tip #5
Are you hungry or thirsty?
There are valid times for a snack. Maybe you didn't eat much for lunch and need a little fuel by 4pm? Maybe your blood sugar needs some work by healing the pancreas so you need to eat a small snack every couple of hours to feel normal. (You can easily heal your pancreas in most cases, so you won't need to snack...) Or maybe what you are currently thinking is a hunger signal - is thirst.
Stats vary, but let's just say you are about 70% water as a pretty good figure. That's a lot of H2O compared with carbon and other matter. You cells need water. They don't need a Skinny Vanilla Latte or a 50 fruit smoothie with whey protein. They need water. If water is just too boring, try herbal teas, or beverages without a lot of acidity to them. (Pure cranberry juice, for example, diluted with water.) Drinking a nice big glass when you thought you were hungry can often satisfy you until the next meal. Hopefully those meals are full of water rich ingredients like whole grains (obviously bread isn't whole grain - we're talking the real whole thing here cooked ya know.), beans, and veggies, with small amounts of fruits.
Many people find sipping instead of snacking can make all the difference in their weight loss goals for life.