It is often difficult to know what to eat when hungry while losing weight. You don’t want to add unnecessary, extra calories, or if you aren’t counting calories, you don’t want to add anything that is unhealthy or goes against your diet plan. If you do, you’ll not only risk gaining weight, you will feel like you failed for the day.
When deciding what to eat when hungry while losing weight, begin by consulting your diet plan. If you are trying to cut out carbs, choose snacks like vegetables or eggs. If you are trying to cut out cholesterol, again, vegetables are a good choice. If you are trying to increase fiber, eat whole grain crackers as well as green, leafy vegetables.
When choosing what to eat when hungry while losing weight, also start by making sure you are getting enough fluids. Sometimes our body tells us we’re hungry when we haven’t had enough water to drink. Begin by drinking a full glass of water and then see if you still want to snack. If so, vegetables are always a good option. Here is a list of vegetables that are easy to snack on and filling:
- Snap peas
- Cherry tomatoes
- Brown rice/seaweed sushi rolls
- Fresh cut peppers
If you aren’t counting carbs, add fruit and crackers to the mix. Here is a list of some good choices:
- Berry mix
- Whole wheat crackers
- Trail mix
The best thing to do is measure the snack portions before you start snacking. You could even measure them in the morning after breakfast before you feel like snacking. Put the portions in baggies and label them “mid-morning snack” and “afternoon snack.” Try to limit yourself to eating only those snacks. Adjust the portions if necessary, but try to stick to one ounce or less, which is typically an ideal snack portion size.
When choosing what to eat when hungry while losing weight, you’ll want to make sure you don’t give yourself free rein to eat as much as you want. Instead, snack on small portions and then put it aside for a few minutes to let your stomach decide if it is still hungry. Take a walk or do an activity that takes your mind off of wanting to snack. Also, consider chewing gum. Sometimes your stomach isn’t hungry but your mouth is looking for something to do. Chew low-calorie gum or suck on low-calorie candy that will keep your mouth and brain occupied.
In the end, when deciding what to eat when hungry while losing weight, remember that your body needs snacks throughout the day to stay energized. Some of the best diets work when they allow people to “graze” on small, healthy portions throughout the day instead of making them wait for a scheduled meal—when they then proceed to overeat. Allow yourself to snack; just make sure the snack is healthy, is a small portion, that you drink plenty of fluids, and that you reward yourself for any efforts you make to stay true to your diet.