6 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Stop Snacking

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

Do you ever get those days where you just CAN’T STOP snacking? You get to the evening, look back at what you’ve eaten and you feel pretty fed up about it.

Hunger is a sign that your body needs food/liquids so you go about your day.

Snacking-Time-Should-Be-Correct-800x400But what if you really struggle to control your hunger…?

What if you snack even though you’re NOT hungry….?

^^^We’re all guilty of that one!

But why?

Well in this post, the 7 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Stop Snacking, we will help  you tweak some of your daily habits to keep your appetite in check, eat when you’re actually hungry AND be able to start seeing some results…

1. You’re not eating often enough

It may sound obvious but if you only eat large meals hours apart, then believe it or not but this actually makes you feel hungrier. When you go too long without food your stomach panics and releases hormones that leave you feeling famished.

Try eating less but more often…have a meal or snack every three to four hours. Also it’s not a bad idea keep an emergency snack on you, like a small handful of nuts in some tupperware.

2. You’re not getting the right nutrients

Foods that keep you feeling fuller for longer have three components…

  1. Fiber
  2. Protein
  3. Healthy fat

All three can help slow digestion, which keeps blood sugar stable and keeps you full for longer. Aim for at least an average of 30 grams protein p/meal and don’t be afraid to add healthy fats to your diet!

The beauty of this approach (focusing on the few most critical factors) is it does the work for you, meaning you DON’T have to rely on will-power in order to stick to a healthy eating plan like the ones we teach at LPT.

For example most people are unaware that their first few alcoholic drinks are not fulfilling a craving for alcohol but one of hydration. So next time you get home from work after a stressful day, before you crack open that bottle of red, try downing a pint of water and THEN decide if you still crave that glass of the good stuff! You WILL be surprised at what happens.

3. You’re dehydrated (and confusing thirst for hunger)

This leads on from point umber 2. Quite simply as clever as our brains are…sometimes yours can confuse hunger for thirst!

If you’re starting to feel peckish…chances are you’re already dehydrated!

Aim to drink 3 litres of water daily…alternatively you’ll know you’re drinking enough water when your pee is light yellow or clear. We even give our members our urine colour chart within our 6 week welcome packs to help them establish where their hydration is at!

4. You’re not paying attention to what you’re eating

Eating mindfully – something that we coach you on as part of our “6 Week Transformation Challenge” (CLICK HERE  for more info) is something that means actually paying attention to what you’re eating, instead of shovelling it in your mouth as you’re running off to do something else!

Easier said that done…I know! But it is important for your body to register when it’s hungry or not and shovelling your meals down doesn’t allow your body to do that!

5. Yohomer-snacksu’re eating too many simple carbs and sugars

You know what carbs I mean…white bread, pasta, pastries and sugar will make it impossible to feel satisfied. All of these cause your blood sugar to rise and then an hour or so later it will crash rapidly causing your body to crave more fuel…more sugar!

This is a bad cycle to be in and unknowingly you can pile in way more carbs than you actually need!

 

6. You’re stressed

Simply put, stress increases your body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which boosts appetite…and when you’re stressed reaching for a healthy high protein snack is probably not your first thought!

Feeling less stressed will help control your hunger. However it’s not always easy controlling your stress which is why we teach you stress management tips and tools on our “6 Week Transformation Challenge” (CLICK HERE for more info) something that our members report back is that these tools ACTUALLY work!

So there you have it!

I hope that’s given you some clarity…

It will be worth re-reading those 6 points again and making notes on which ones relate to you specifically (maybe all of them!)

Nutrition coaching is a huge part of our coaching program at LPT giving you knowledge to get some amazing results on your weight loss journey.

What Our Members Say..

Christine (our past winner of LPT’s “A Stone in 6 Transformation Challenge”, had this to say about our nutrition coaching…

I was maintaining my weight by using some quite unhealthy practices.  Matt’s nutrition workshop was a real eye-opener for me and now, for the first time in years I am not only enjoying food, I am looking forward to my meals and to preparing them!

 

If you want to achieve results like Christine then be quick to get your application form in! Spaces are filling up quickly …

When is the next Challenge?

The start date for next challenge is Monday 31st October and we are holding an Orientation Day on Saturday 29th October to introduce people to the program.

Apply today before the last few spots go!

 

Committed to your success,

Jamie

 

PS. Click here if you just want to learn a little more about how the program works

PPS. If you want to read a more in-depth post of client success then please go check out Pete’s MANSformation story HERE

 

 

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