Foods that make you munch more RICE CRACKERS
WHEN it comes to crushing hunger, it’s not when you eat but choosing the wrong meal (no matter the size) that can leave you hankering for more.
If you want to lose weight, curb your appetite by avoiding these foods that make you hungrier:
It’s true — once you pop, you can’t stop. Snacks preserved with sodium are generally highly refined, without filling you up.
Salty cravings seem to influence how much people eat too. One study showed that added salt made people eat more food and calories, regardless of how much fat was in the meal.
Besides, all that sodium leaves you thirsty. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, tricking your body into eating more instead of grabbing a glass of water.
Salads are the epitome of diet-friendly lunches — but if your salad is all kale, cucumber and spinach, odds are you’re not getting enough satisfying sustenance to keep you going until dinner.
Give your salad more punch with a topping of protein (boiled eggs, chicken, salmon or legumes), topped with slow-burning carbs (like roasted sweet potato, corn or brown rice) and a little fat (feta, nuts, seeds, tahini or avocado).
Rice crackers contain small traces of fibre and they’re made from highly refined rice that make our insulin levels spike, causing blood sugar to crash, making us feel hungry again — even if we’ve just eaten.
If you can’t beat the crunch, you’re better off choosing wholegrain varieties and topping them with avocado, nut butter or hummus for a more balanced, satiating snack.
Juice cleansing has become a popular way to lose kilos fast and while you will be sipping on a wonderful antioxidant-rich and hydrating elixir, the lack of fibre means your body absorbs the calories quicker.
So if you want to stay full, chew your calories instead so your brain receives the hunger-combating cues that help you get from meal to meal.
Kathleen Alleaume is a nutrition and exercise scientist. Follow her on Twitter @therightbalance
WHEN THE CHIPS AREN’T DOWN: Added salt can make people eat more food and calories, regardless of how much fat is in the meal.