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Smart Dieting Hacks

Embarking on a dieting journey can be challenging, especially when it feels like you have to give up your favorite snacks and constantly battle with hunger pains so I am throwing together some smart dieting hacks to help you on your weight loss journey.

Although it can feel quite daunting with a few smart dieting tips, you can make healthier choices while still enjoying delicious options and with so much more information now available on healthier eating, it no longer can feel like a chore.

When I speak to people who are on their weight loss journey there are a few common themes that emerge especially around snacking and hunger pains and I can almost pin point a few items that are common ground, Potato chips, chocolate and high calorie low nutritional value foods.

So let’s tackle a few common things with some Smart Dieting Hacks!

Smart Dieting Hacks

Swapping Potato Chips for Nuts

One of the biggest culprits when it comes to unhealthy snacking is the addictive and calorie-dense potato chips. These crispy treats may be tempting, but they offer little nutritional value and can hinder your weight loss goals. Instead, consider replacing them with nuts, which are not only satisfying but also packed with beneficial nutrients.

Almonds which are one of my favorite due to the fact as a kid we had an almond tree in the backyard and eating them brings back fond memories are a wonderful replacement as they are packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber and much more, additional Walnuts and pistachios can be just as beneficial.

The nutrients in nuts contribute to increased satiety, keeping you full for longer periods and reducing the likelihood of mindless snacking. Moreover, the healthy fats in nuts are known to promote heart health and support brain function. Just remember to consume them in moderation, as they are still calorie-dense.

Mistaking Thirst for Hunger

This next tip catches a lot of people off guard and I didn’t realise that people were not aware of it. It’s common for our bodies to confuse thirst signals with hunger, leading us to reach for unnecessary snacks when all we really need is hydration. By learning to recognise the difference between thirst and hunger, you can avoid unnecessary calorie intake and make better dietary choices.

Next time you feel the urge to snack, try reaching for a glass of water first. Give it a few minutes, and you might find that the “hunger” dissipates. Staying hydrated is essential for overall health and can help curb unnecessary snacking. If you’re still hungry after drinking water, opt for a nutritious snack like fruits or vegetables instead of high-calorie options.

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Embracing Protein Shakes

This is something I have touched on a few times and a great way to meet your protein needs and amino acids and a great place for a quick plug for my online store as I sell my own Aussie grown and made plant protein with a full amino acid profile.

Protein shakes have gained popularity as a convenient and effective way to support weight loss and muscle growth. While they shouldn’t replace whole-food sources of nutrition entirely, incorporating protein shakes into your diet can be a valuable tool to support your health and fitness goals.

Protein shakes are typically low in calories and carbohydrates while being rich in protein, which helps promote feelings of fullness and supports muscle recovery and growth. They are particularly useful as meal replacements or post-workout snacks when you need a quick and convenient source of nutrition.

And as mentioned above if you want to fill fuller you can add more powder or less water to make a thicker consistency much like a custard or yoghurt helping you avoid those cheeky late night snacks. Picking a flavor like vanilla or chocolate can help you meet your cravings while being healthy at the same time!

If you’re looking to learn more why not head over and read my THE ULTIMATE GUIDE: HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT AND GAIN MUSCLE

As a caring and hands on dad, Simon devotes himself to his family, career and health.

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