You know the feeling of a full stomach, a content and happy stomach, a satisfied stomach? I am going to give you some of my helpful tips to keep you feeling satisfied while losing or maintaining your weight, because a growling stomach is not a happy stomach. I can’t stress enough how important it is to start your day off with a bowl of steel cut oatmeal mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and some fresh fruit. Wash it down with a glass of skim milk or water and you will feel so satisfied that you may have to remind yourself to have that mid-morning snack! My mid-morning snack is usually a fresh piece of fruit.
I know there are times when junk food is staring you in the face. It may be hard to choose steel cut oatmeal over bacon and eggs, but once you eat your oats and you feel full, you’ll be thrilled with yourself that you chose the healthy option. Remember, nothing tastes as good as looking good feels. I know that firsthand.
Twenty minutes before you eat lunch, eat a palm full of walnuts (about 3-5). Walnuts will help you feel full faster and they are very good for you since they contain loads of healthy fats. Remember, it takes 20 minutes for the signal from your stomach to let your brain know it’s full. If you are still hungry after 20 minutes, drink a tall glass of water or skim milk!
Don’t skip that afternoon snack. Have a healthy granola bar or fresh fruit. Fruit salad is one of my favorites. You can make up a big batch of it ahead of time and it’ll last for 4-5 days. When you skip snacks you slow down your metabolism and that’s not good for losing or maintaining your weight. You must eat and stay satisfied. Food is fuel for your metabolism.
Dinner should consist of a healthy chicken breast, fish, brown rice, fresh veggies or salad, and whole grain pasta. A good rule of thumb is to eat slowly, putting your fork down between bites. Remember, you’re waiting for that 20 minute signal. Don’t ever rush through a meal. Savor every bite. Once again, if you’re still feeling hungry, drink water. Your stomach will growl when it’s thirsty, too, not just when it’s hungry.
These are simple steps that anyone can do and they work like magic. I have maintained my weight loss for almost 4 years now and I’m never starving. I feel satisfied, full, healthy and happy. Once you’re full, you’ll be happy that you chose the healthy option, because once you’re full, it doesn’t matter!