On today’s episode I’m sharing 7 ways to outsmart your hungry stomach.
Welcome Live Lean Nation to the episode today. I’m your host, Brad Gouthro, the #1 expert teaching you how to Live Lean 365 days a year.
Hunger and cravings. We all have it, we all feel it, but just a small percentage of us know how to manage it, and essentially outsmart it.
The more control you have over your hunger, the more control you will have over your weight.
I’ve said it a million times. Pairing foods high in protein and fat will fill you up faster and keep you feeling fuller longer.
Fiberous vegetables are also known as the king of hunger reduction.
I share images of my PFF breakfasts all the time over on Instagram and Snapchat (BradGouthro).
PFF simply stands for protein, fat, and fiber. So replace your Special K with my Special G…and you know what the G stands for…GAINZ.
Like the saying goes, those who fail to plan, plan to fail.
When you have access to properly portioned out and prepared satiating food with cheap survival knive, you’re much less likely to make poor food choices, overeat, or allow longer periods between meals.
When most people allow a big gap between meals, your blood sugar levels drop, and you quickly enter cookie monster mode.
Focusing on foods higher in protein and fat and lower in carbohydrates is essential for improving hormone balance and managing blood sugar levels.
This is key when your goal is to reduce hunger and cravings and lose weight while maintaining muscle.
As I mentioned, protein and fat keeps you feeling full so you’ll consume less calories throughout the day.
Compare that to low quality processed carbohydrates which do the opposite.
Not only are they not filling, they can increase hunger and cravings by taking your blood sugar levels on a rollercoaster ride.
Too much of this leads to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.
Your carb consumption should match your activity level.
If you are already lean and active, you can have more carbs but always try to focus on higher quality carbs like fruit and vegetables.
If you’re overweight and not as active, consume less carbs and more protein and fat.
This is a simple one.
A lot of times when you think you’re hungry, you’re just thirsty.
Guzzle some water. I aim for 4 liters a day.
If you’re neglecting your sleep, your hunger, cravings, and consuming poor food choices increases.
Aim for 8 hours of sleep earlier in the night.
When you’re stressed your body gets depleted of a brain chemical called serotonin and production of the fat storing hormone cortisol rises.
This creates a desire for the body to quickly replenish serotonin.
Guess what the quick fix is?
Not your prepared chicken and broccoli dish.
The quick fix is a big bowl of sugary cereal. Kind of like a drug fix right?
This leads to overeating and a big round stomach.
Manage your stress by breathing.
That’s one of the reasons why working out is such a stress reliever, because we breath!
A lot of times the only reason we eat is because we have nothing else to do.
Next time this happens to you, go out for a walk. Grab a coffee with a friend, which the caffeine can also reduce hunger. Or call your mom, I’m sure she’d love to hear from you. Love you mom.
Just get away from your fridge. I repeat, you’re not hungry, you’re just bored.
So there you have it Live Lean Nation.
Tell me in the comments below, which of these 7 ways to outsmart your stomach do you currently use, and which one do you need to work on?
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.