Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight, and while extreme dieting may seem like the only option in your efforts to slim down in time for summer, restricting yourself will only result in you gaining weight later down the line. Making small, simple lifestyle changes each day is the best way to get lasting results, so what daily habits can you make to help you lose weight?
Ever felt like you’re starving but realised you’re actually just really thirsty? Yep, that’s a thing. Dehydration signals can often be confused with hunger pangs in the hypothalamus (the brain control centre). Since your brain is 85% water, it’s the first organ to suffer from lack of fluids, which is what explains all the confusion. So how can you prevent this? By making sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day! Next time you’re hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes, if you’re still hungry, choose something healthy and nutritious to snack on.
Pump up the protein
Protein increases levels of satiety by reducing secretions of the hunger hormone Ghrelin. Swapping out carbohydrates for protein will keep you fuller for longer, reducing the urge to snack later on. Add a scoop of protein to your morning smoothie for a satisfying, filling way to keep you going until lunchtime. For more information about how protein can help you lose weight click here.