The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Only eat when you’re hungry

Most people will say this is ‘obvious’. They’ll say they already knew this. They will also claim that they do it. And yet, they will still eat breakfast, lunch, and supper with snacks in between without really thinking about it.

Just because this is what you’re accustomed to, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s best for your body. We have become very bad at listening to our body’s cues, and figuring out what it really wants. Most of the time when we feel “hungry” we are actually just thirsty and should drink a nice big glass of water.

Do you wake up and force yourself to eat a breakfast every morning before you go to work? Why? Do you really feel hungry, or do you eat breakfast because you’ve been told to do so all your life?

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Your body can’t tell time

If you’ve eaten a big meal the night before, and your body is still working on processing the food, you probably won’t feel hungry in the morning. Forcing calories into your system will only make everything less efficient, and more calories will be stored as fat.

If you skip breakfast, make sure you pack a healthy snack for later in the morning when you DO feel hungry – to avoid binging on biscuits and other ‘treats’ that may be at the office, or at your next meeting!

Try to listen to your body and its signals, learn to respond correctly, and  you will find yourself shedding the extra kilos far more quickly.

So if you wake up and you’re still full from the night before, don’t eat breakfast, no matter how important your mom said it is. You’re fine for energy, because you still have a bunch more coming once your food digests.

Eat when you’re hungry, not when it’s ‘meal time’.


Take a look at the articles below for more information on the little things that make a big difference to your weight-loss goals:


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