“Why do I never feel full?” cried Mary. She was writing to let me know that she was down fifteen pounds since she started with the Easy Willpower Weight Loss program and was so happy to be maintaining her lower weight. Still Mary was frustrated because she thought that she should be eating less.
Congratulations, Mary! I’m so glad that you have maintained your lower weight. The best part is that you are establishing a new set point, meaning that your lower weight is now becoming the new normal for your body and mind.
Here’s my suggestion to help you to feel more full: The best way to increase a feeling of fullness is more water rich food. One good technique is, no matter what you are eating, add more lettuce to it.
So even if you’re having a plate of lasagna, make sure you’ve got a big bowl of your favorite greens on the side. This will definitely result in you eating less dense food and feeling lighter when you get up and leave the table.
Find the water rich veggies that really work to fill you up. For example, I find big carrots can be very filling, as opposed to little carrots which increase hunger for me. But that only works for me if I’ve already eaten protein, first. Listen to what your body is telling you . . .
Since vegetables are a water rich food, they are a perfect solution to always feeling hungry. But don’t underestimate how important protein is (with your vegetables) to increase the feeling of fullness. Protein and veggies are the best combo for satiation.
But remember, it’s all about balance. If you’ve already had protein and veggies, then I recommend a small amount of healthy fat like almond butter, avocado, natural peanut butter or a little cheese and some complex carbohydrate–perhaps a little whole grain. Don’t become phobic of fat or carb. The key is balance. So eating mostly vegetable and protein is a great idea. But some fat and some complex carb is necessary to really help you to feel full and satisfied.
The key thing to avoid is processed food, sugar or artificial sugar. These substances or fake foods will make your hunger skyrocket. Remember, it’s not about calories or points. The secret is eating whole, real, clean, unprocessed food in the right ratio, that your body can easily metabolize and use for energy.
Eating in a balanced way helps you to feel fuller, more satisfied, less hungry and more energized over time. Let me know how that goes, Mary. Congratulations on your success so far!
Please write in the comments below if this information was helpful to you and your own personal experiences. Also feel free to shoot over any questions. I am happy to help you to free yourself of food issues for a life of health, happiness and freedom.
Rena Greenberg has had the privilege over the last 25+ years to work with over 100,000 people in 75 medical centers to help them lose weight without surgery.