This week we are going to continue our discussion of the four categories that people who struggle with healthy weight may fall into. Remember that about 85% of people with these struggles fall into one of these categories.
Let’s review these categories again:
1. Hungry Brain- A person doesn’t feel full and eats much more each meal.
2. Hungry Gut- A person feels full but gets hungry frequently.
3. Emotional Eater- A person eats when they are very sad & very happy
4. Slow Metabolism- A person doesn’t burn off as many calories so they struggle with weight.
If you have a hungry gut, you tend to eat more frequently. You may find that you feel hungry and need a meal every two hours to satisfy you. You may be asking yourself how to “trick” your body into needing fewer calories so you can reach your health and wellness goals.
Here are two ways you can help your hungry gut:
- Eat foods that keep you full longer, like lean proteins and healthy fats. You don’t have to give up carbs, but you can try to minimize them as they may make you feel hungry faster.
Here are some foods you can try to incorporate into your diet: white mean, eggs, nut butters (if you aren’t allergic), olive oil, avocado, beans, oatmeal, brown rice, and whole grain pasta.
- Plan your meals ahead of time. Don’t wait until you’re hungry to eat. If you know you need five meals a day to keep you full, have them set first thing in the morning. This way, you can plan what and how much you eat. This is a great way to see how much protein and fat you will be eating for the day, too.
If you think that you or your child falls into the “Hungry Gut” category, we would be happy to help you incorporate these tricks into your life! We love to help everyone, including pre-teens and teens, to love their body and have a healthy relationship with food! There’s always a way to do this!
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