Losing weight is a daunting task and what makes it even more complicated is a simple question. We all have those days when our stomach feels no less than a bottomless pit. The reason behind such a situation can be hormone related, an outcome of a tough workout or just stress. The most common of all the above situations is overeating due to stress. When we are in stress and want to reward ourselves with food, we often reach out to comfort foods like pasta, pizza, cake, pastries. While these foods are loved by our taste buds, they usually lead to a blood sugar crash and unsteady cortisol levels.
What to do in such a situation when your mood refuses to eat your diet food? Try the Volumetric approach. The approach emphasizes on eating low-calorie foods in volume so that you can eat more of it.
Here are the examples of some foods you can opt for when portion control is not possible.
Three cups of air-popped popcorn give you only 100 calories along with 9 grams of protein and fiber each. Popcorn takes longer to eat, which makes you feel that you have consumed a lot just by eating a decent portion.
Sliced veggies with salsa
Carrots and cucumber with hummus make for a great snack, but you can make things healthier by enjoying the veggies with salsa, which is much lower in calories as compared to hummus. Plus, the water in veggies keeps you hydrated, which is important because sometimes dehydration is mistaken for hunger.
Pistachios are a great combination of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, which together keep you full for a longer duration and promote stable blood sugar. Also, shelling the pistachios slows down the mindless overeating because your hands are busy.
One small cup serving of blueberries has 4 grams of fiber. Because they are small in size, it takes longer to eat them. Blueberries also provide you with antioxidants that boost brain function and prevents stress-related inflammation.
Peeling an orange takes more effort than picking up a cookie. A medium-size orange contains about 75 calories and 3 grams fiber and 52 mg of Vitamin C.
Looking for a crunchy and nutritious snack? Kale chips are the answer to your hunger. If you buy them pre-made, then be sure to read the label and be cautious of the added flavoring. Beet, broccoli, and okra chips are some other healthy options.