‘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.

Peckish? Do this before you eat

We all know that ‘hungry’ feeling we get sometimes, when we haven’t eaten for a while, and the stomach starts to rumble. Our first thought is always “Wow, I’m hungry! I should get some food.” But what if you’re only an hour away from your next meal time? Is it worth having extra calories if you’re trying to lose weight?

My approach to this feeling is always to ask myself a few questions, and do a few simple things to see if the feeling goes away before I pile a snack down my gullet.

The first thing I do is drink a HUGE glass of water

Usually when you have the ‘hungry’ feeling you’re actually confusing hunger for thirst. The water hydrates you, and fills some space in your gut, which can make you feel full. The next thing to do is chew a piece of sugar-free gum. This makes you feel like you’ve eaten, and may make your brain let go of the hunger for a while. If those two both don’t work, then it’s decision time. Do you have something to eat, move your meal forward, or just grit your teeth and bare it until your meal rolls around? I’m a fan of waiting, because you are on a diet, and teaching yourself to tough it out will go a long way to helping you to do so in the future.

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Remember, you can go around fifty days without food if you stay hydrated, so you’re not going to die of hunger in a couple of hours. Just think about all the weight you’re losing while you’re doing it, too.


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