Absolutely. If you are trying to lose weight and maintain that loss, then you’d have to be in a calorie deficit. Besides being consistent with your goals and focusing on lifestyle habits. You must also be consistent with what you put into your body.
Post Workout meals and shakes are a great way of getting much-needed nutrients into your body. But they do very little of keeping you feeling full, and you’ll likely be heading for the fridge in a few hours. And that’s not going to help you if you’re going to stuff your face every few hours.
You’ve read it time and time again. Eat foods with XYZ nutrients with complex carbs, protein and a small amount of fat. Nothing wrong with that. But just like those shakes, they’re most likely only going to satisfy you for a few hours before you go on the hunt again.
What you need is to keep your blood sugar stable, and that stability means feeling full and satisfied.
Here are a few things you could try out that won’t hurt your calorie count.
You can thank soup’s high water content for that full feeling. Though the fiber-filled veggies and hot temperature don’t hurt (dietitians say that sipping warm liquids can curb your appetite). Stick to broth-based soups and avoid the cream based ones for obvious reasons.
A serving of beans, lentils, chickpeas or even peanuts delivers the right feel-full combo of lean protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats.
Bananas feature soluble fiber and are great for keeping you full. Bananas are a super food and are much better that any commercial snack. So put down that Snickers bar.
Salads offer a lot of bulk for few calories. Try darker leafy greens, like spinach or arugula as your base. Add tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, blueberries or cranberries, nuts even. Then use any dressing you want. Just don’t drown the veggies in them. The dressing is to enhance the flavor.