Avoid These Foods That Cause You To Eat More
Live Lean Nation, on today’s episode I’m going to talk about 6 common foods that make you hungrier.
Yes, just because you eat food, it doesn’t mean that food will actually make you feel full.
I often call these foods, empty calorie foods, because even though they contain calories, they are void of the necessary nutrients to fill you up for an extended period of time, and keep your body healthy over the long-term.
In some cases, these foods can actually cause you to eat more food.
Yes, the key nutrients these foods are missing are the foundation of the Live Lean Diet,
That’s why you’ll often hear me refer to the meals that I eat as PFF meals.
One of the reasons I focus on meals containing primarily protein, fat, and fiber, is because they’re very satiating, meaning they help keep you feeling energized and full for longer periods of time.
If you find yourself always starving and thinking about your next meal, you’re probably following a low calorie approach to eating rather than eating foods high in these 3 nutrients.
On top of these foods not filling you up, some of them actually create even more hunger based on the hormonal shifts they can create in your body.
In particular, here are the…
6 Common foods that make you hungrier
1. Low Fat Diet Foods
I’m referring mainly to low fat dairy being marketed as low calorie options. The goal of Living Lean is not to eat as few calories as possible. The goal is to eat the right amount of calories based on your activity level, comprised of foods that control your hunger, nourish your body, and keep you feeling full.
Although I don’t eat dairy, if you do, always go with the natural, full fat option, as well as higher protein options like greek yogurt.
2. Foods Containing MSG
MSG is a flavor enhancer often added to chinese food, fast food meats, dressings and sauces, and snack foods like chips and low quality beef jerky.
The MSG can trigger an increase in appetite and suppress your leptin hormone which is considered the satiating hormone in your body.
So just avoid these junk foods.
3. Salty Foods
In particular, potato chips, pretzels, instant noodles, and pizza.
Betcha can’t just eat one?
Of course not. Most snack foods high in sodium can make you feel thirsty which then triggers you to eat more food.
Many times when we feel like we’re hungry, our bodies are actually just craving hydration in the form of water.
Go guzzle some water and put down the bag of chips.
4. Fruit Juice
Yes, this even includes “Green Juices” that are mainly comprised of fruit juice. Sure the whole fruit has fiber, but fruit juice has most of the fiber removed and does not contain protein and fat.
Essentially when the fibers removed, you’re left with calories all comprised of sugar. You can drink 100+ calories of juice without even feeling like you consumed anything.
Not to mention, when that sugar quickly enters your bloodstream, insulin is created to rapidly remove the sugar, which then causes your blood sugar to drop, leaving you craving more sugar. This is a never ending cycle that you should avoid.
And let’s be real, there’s just something more satiating about eating fruit, versus drinking it.
In order to just make one small glass of orange juice, you’d have to juice at least 4 oranges. Now try eating 4 whole oranges and tell me if you feel more full.
So the next time you’re at the grocery store, add fruit to your cart but leave the fruit juices on the shelf.
And if you’re going to have a green juice, go heavy on the vegetables and light on the fruit.
5. Artificially Sweetened Beverages
Zero calorie sweetened drinks like diet sodas, tea, coffee, energy drinks, and sport drinks contain artificial sweeteners which sends a rush of flavor to your brain which makes it think like it’s getting real sugar, which contains calories.
Although your body doesn’t get any extra calories, there has been studies done showing that these artificial sweeteners may actually cause you to crave more sweetness and calories to make up for it throughout the day.
Best to stick with black coffee, tea, and water, or beverages sweetened naturally with a plant based sweetener called stevia.
6. Processed Grain Products
Not only are processed grain foods mainly comprised of wheat like bread, crackers, cereal, and pasta, they’re also low in hunger crushing nutrients like protein and fat, and most of the fiber has been stripped away during the processing.
Once again, as described earlier, when you eat these foods, you’re entering the never ending cycle of the blood sugar rollercoaster.
So if you just refuse to cut back on bread, crackers, and pasta, add some protein and fat on top, like nut butter, avocado, or eggs.
This will decrease your hunger and fat gain by filling you up and helping slow down the spike and drop in your blood sugar.
There you have it Live Lean Nation.
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