Nobody Likes A Cold Jacket Potato
This week my son started his settling in sessions at his new nursery. After I dropped him off and we’d both shed a tear, I had 3 hours to kill before I had to collect him. I drove to a local coffee shop, laptop in hand and began working.
An hour later I began to feel hungry so ordered some food, a jacket potato with tuna mayo and a side salad. Literally minutes after I’d ordered, I received a call from the nursery asking me to pick my son up early as he had a temperature. So I packed up my things and got my food “to go” and drove the fifteen minute drive to collect him.
After picking him up, taking him home, nursing him better with Calpol and cuddles, he feel asleep in my arms and I took him off to bed. Almost 2 hours had passed and suddenly I felt absolutely ravenous. I ate my now stone cold jacket potato and still felt ridiculously hungry.
I wanted to raid the fridge and pile in the calories, but the day before the Ocado shop arrives we never have much in. Luckily for me, my wife had left her breakfast smoothie in the fridge, so I whizzed it up, chugged it down and made started working again to distract myself. I honestly felt like I could have eaten for hours and not been satisfied.
This is a common problem when people try to lose weight, they have times of the day, normally in the evening, when they feel like they want to constantly snack. It comes from eating little to nothing during the day, because they think that eating so little will help them lose weight faster.
Upon waking many people have a minuscule breakfast of a few boiled eggs or a piece of toast, or even no breakfast at all. Lunch is then usually a salad, which means by dinner time you’re starving. You eat snacks whilst prepping dinner and then end up eating loads more after dinner as well!
So how do we avoid this?
This almost uncontrollable urge to snack on food late at night.
- Eat 3 “proper” meals per day at regular intervals. What I mean by this is eat a breakfast and lunch that sufficiently fill you up. Each meal will be roughly 1/3 or your daily calorie intake.
- Include a protein source with each meal. Protein has a high satiety level, meaning you stay fuller for longer. If you only have a piece of toast for breakfast then of course you’ll be hungry later on. Include a protein source such as eggs and you’ll feel much better.
- Include plenty of high volume, low calorie filler. Basically vegetables. Look we all know that we should eat more vegetables because they contain all the good stuff, but they are also, in general, low in calorie but high in volume, meaning you can fill yourself up without breaking the calorie bank.
If you follow the above steps you’ll fill yourself up during the day, meaning you don't feel ravenous later on and snack your way through the night!
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