5 Appetite-Control Tips for When You Train Long and Hard

Exercising is one of the keys to being healthy and getting the body you have always wanted. However, you know that even if you’re working out religiously that you cannot “reward yourself” by sitting down to an entire cheesecake or a plate of chili-cheese fries every time you finish a round of circuit training.

Even if you know this to be a fact, it can be hard to fight hunger pains that hit when you increase your workout load. Luckily, we’ve put together 5 appetite-control tips that will help you avoid overdoing it at the dinner table, even when you do it big at the gym!

  • Have Protein at Every Meal – Protein is one of the best ways to keep your appetite under control. How does that work? First, protein takes longer to digest than other nutrients. Additionally, it stabilizes blood sugar and may trigger the release of hormones that contribute to feeling full.
  • Drink Your Water – It may seem hard to believe, but many people mistake thirst for hunger. When you’re working out you can build up a big thirst—even if you don’t feel it. Drink plenty of water after your workouts and you may find you aren’t as hungry as you think.
  • Eat Numerous Small Meals – After your big workout, you probably want a big meal. Avoid that at all costs. Split your daily calorie allotment into several smaller meals enjoyed throughout the day. This will keep you feeling fuller and less likely to give in to temptation.
  • Snack on High-Fiber Foods – High-fiber foods including whole grains, vegetables and many fruits will fill you up with fewer calories than other items. Plus, high fiber foods, like proteins, take more effort for your body to digest, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
  • Don’t Make Eating a Habit – Don’t associate finishing a workout with a “food” reward. This can turn food into a habit that your stomach and mind expect. Trick your body and brain by mixing up exactly when you will have that post-workout meal or smoothie. By changing the habit, you know you are only eating when you are hungry and will be less likely to overeat.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can combat the (common) urge to overeat when you increase your workout level. Keep pushing your body at the gym and do not give in to the junk food at home and you will improve your health and appearance. It just takes time, patience and hard work!

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