Is it teething time for your little one?
Summer is only a few weeks away and you are probably thinking about the exposure of your wobbly bits to public gaze. The thought of an exercise programme or a crash diet might not fit in with your busy life. But, if you want to shed a few pounds and feel a little better about yourself, here are some of our best tips for keeping hunger at bay which will have really positive effects on your body.
 
1. Don’t skip meals. Make sure you eat three square meals a day and have a snack in betweeen each. This will stabilise your blood sugar levels and will keep hunger hormones under control. Plan your healthy, low fat snacks in advance and don’t go longer than four hours without eating.
 
2. Get more sleep. Getting enough sleep at night ensures that your appetite hormones are regulated and working properly. 
 
3. Drink lots of water. Whenever you feel the urge to start snacking, drink a huge glass of water first, perhaps with a sprig of mint or slice of lemon, then wait for five minutes. This will either  quell the urge to pig-out or will go some way to making you feel full sooner.
 
4. Examine your hunger. If it is less than four hours since you have eaten your stomach probably isn’t growling and you most likely don’t feel weak from hunger. If you find yourself in the mood for food you are probably feeling emotional hunger, be it boredom, temptation, feeling a little down, etc. Examine how you are feeling and try think about other ways to satisfy yourself.

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