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Why am I still hungry after eating?

Why am I still hungry after eating?

Modern society has created a major shift in the way we live and we eat. With the production of processed food, the stress, the lack of sleep and the never-ending communication on social media, our sensation of hunger has increased and we don’t listen to our body anymore.

Calories in versus calories out

Decreasing your calorie consumption dramatically won’t help you to lose weight and can also be dangerous for your health if your calories intake is lower than the number of calories you need daily (caloric deficit and risk of malnutrition). In general, it is recommended to have a calories intake of minimum 1,300 calories per day, depending on your height, weight, and activity.

If your body has a deficit in certain nutrients, it will increase your hunger (starvation mode). As your body is enduring a caloric deficiency, your metabolism, reproductive function, and brain activity will be slowed so that your body will burn the foods you intake at a slower rate which can explain that you won’t see any weight loss results.

But the fact that you are feeling hungry after eating is not only about calories. The feeling of hunger can also be due to the consumption of processed foods, life distractions (TV, phone, Video games,..) or the fact to eat irregularly.

Integrate the good foods in your diet

A lot of people are feeling hungry after eating because they didn’t eat the right foods. We suggest to include protein and fiber in every meal or snack in order to feel satiated.

Reduce sweet foods

Having a sweet meal such as carbs, will open your hunger. Always pair your carbs with protein or healthy fat.

Be aware that you are eating

Everybody has already experienced a TV-dinner time during which your entire meal has disappeared without realizing you ate it. And you are wondering: Why I am still hungry? This is due to the fact that your brain didn’t register that you ate a meal because you were too focused on that tv show. The same happens when you are eating at your desk in the office while working!

Focusing on what you eat and taking the time to eat slowly may help decrease the feeling of hunger after eating.

Avoid processed foods

In order to make you consume more, food companies add sugar, salt and/or fat in the foods so that it lets your body wanting for more.

 

The Best Food To Eat In October

The Best Food To Eat In October

Each month and season has its own products. As it is always better to eat seasonal products (freshness, better taste, and quality), we have prepared for you a list of the best food to consume during the month of October.

🔸Beets

We admit that beets are not the most loved vegetables but beets can be delicious if you roasted them, if you serve them in a salad or even mixed in a homemade beet hummus!

 

🔸Broccoli

Steamed, boiled or grilled, broccoli can be integrated into a lot of dishes! Moreover, broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, folate, potassium and fiber which may help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

 

🔸Figs

Figs are one of the sweetest fruits and are rich in fiber and antioxidants! Figs combine perfectly with a creamy goat cheese and some crunchy pine nuts.

 

🔸Cucumber

You can integrate cucumbers into almost every dish: salads, sandwiches, tabbouleh, quinoa, etc.

 

🔸Leeks

The colder months are arriving and we will be happy to warm up with a leek and potato soup! Beyond the comfort, the leek soup also offers a variety of benefits for your health: reinforce bones, increase weight loss, improve heart health and vision.

 

🔸Pears

Pears are known to boost the immune system, improve digestion and clear your skin. Pears are a great combination with blue cheese or goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic as a part of a salad.

 

🔸Pumpkin

How would be the month of October and Halloween without its pumpkins? As part of a soup or grilled with olive oil, feta and oregano, pumpkins are deliciouuuus!

 

🔸Sweet potato

We all have heard the hype about sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are now essentials pieces to have in the kitchen! Our favorite way to eat it is toasted with a mashed avocado on it! Yummy!  

 

Now that you have a selection of the best food to eat in October, you are ready to prepare your shopping list and hit the supermarket!

 

How to lose belly fat? 6 tips proven by science

How to lose belly fat? 6 tips proven by science

Besides the fact that having a belly fat can really look bad, having lots of fat in this area is also strongly linked to diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Indeed, having a flat tummy has lots of benefits for your health!

How to know if you have abdominal obesity? If the circumference around your waist is above 102 cm for men and 88 cm for women, that means that you should have a look to 6 following proven strategies to eliminate belly fat!

 

🔸Banish sugar and sugar-sweetened drinks

The consumption of sugar is one of the main cause of excess fat in the belly. Studies have shown that eating a lot of added sugar will force your liver to turn the overloaded fructose into fat.

Liquid sugar is even worse: when you drink sweetened beverages (fruit juices, sugary sodas, sports drinks), you will eat more calories. Indeed, a study demonstrated that sugar-sweetened beverages may increase the risk of obesity in children to 60%.

So our advice is to reduce the amount of sugar you are eating and to banish sugary drinks forever.

 

🔸Eat more protein

Increasing the amount of protein in your diet can boost your metabolism and reduce hunger and cravings which can significantly help you to lose weight. Different studies have shown that protein may help to reduce belly fat accumulation and that people who ate more protein, had much less belly fat.

So our tip is to integrate more high-protein foods into your diets such as eggs, fish, seafood, legumes, nuts, or meat.

 

🔸Cut carbs from your diet

Eliminating carbs from your diet or at least reducing your amount of carbs to 50 grams per day is very effective to lose fat. A study has shown that people who cut carbs, have a smaller appetite and lose more weight.

Studies have shown that low-carb diets specifically target the fat in the belly and around the liver.

So our advice is to reduce the amount of refined carbs from your diet (sugar, candy, white bread, etc).  

 

🔸Eat foods rich in viscous fiber

Soluble and viscous fibers may effectively help to reduce the amount of belly fat. A study demonstrated that an intake of 14 grams of fiber per day was linked to a 10% decrease in calories and a weight loss of 2kg over 4 months.

How to get more fiber? Eat a lot of plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole oats.

 

🔸Exercise

Exercising is the best thing you can do to: burn belly fat, reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar levels and avoid disease. However, there is no point to do endless amounts of abdominal exercises because losing fat in one area is not possible.

Then, what type of exercise? Aerobic exercises (walking, running, swimming) are very effective in belly fat reductions.

 

🔸Track what you eat

In order to really know what you are really eating and optimize your diet, tracking your food intake is important. You don’t have to do it during your whole life but just doing it for a few days can help you to have more control and to get closer to your goals. 

Let’s do this! 

 

4 ways to recover after eating too much

 

4 ways to recover after eating too much

Even the healthiest people may go through some overeating periods during which they eat too many sweets, snacks, or fatty burgers. The reason? Too much work or stress, too many office events, weddings, birthdays… Every opportunity is good to break your diet!

The problem happens when you associate this type of food with these events and occasions (bad habits). For example, every time you are under stress or you are tired, you will eat a pint of ice cream to “feel better”. And the worst, is that this type of pleasure is ephemeral.

The solution to get back on the right track is not by depriving yourself.

Find out our tips to establish achievable goals and recover after eating too much: 

🔸Change your way of thinking

Depriving yourself of the “unhealthy” foods you love, and being frustrated is not the solution. You have to maintain a balance: find a healthy way to eat your favorite meal. For example, replacing the butter with coconut oil or extra virgin oil is a good step.

Fix objectives you can achieve: for example, one healthy meal by day in the first instance. 

🔸Increase your intake of fiber-rich foods

If you eat foods rich in fibers as well as a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and other plant-based proteins, you will feel full longer which reduces hunger and may help you lose weight. In addition, most of the time, the foods rich in fibers are also rich in antioxidants, which can help treat inflammations in the body caused by stress due to unhealthy eating habits.

We recommend the green smoothie bowl, rich in fibers and low in sugar to reset your body after overeating.

🔸Follow a meal plan

The best strategy to fight overeating is to create a meal plan that includes your breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert and healthy snacks for every single day. Prepare a shopping list for the all week, you will be less tempted to buy unhealthy foods and it will help you to have more control over what you eat.

🔸Move

There is no secret: nutrition and sport go hand in hand. If you eat too much, your metabolism will slow down because you are consuming more calories than you are burning. By working out, your body understands how to use carbs and fats efficiently.

Moreover, exercising can help you to reduce stress and can help reset your body for new healthy habits.

 

Losing weight: 10 morning habits to get into

Losing weight: 10 morning habits to get into

Losing weight, no matter what objectives you have, may be a hard thing to achieve, specifically if it involves a complete change of your current lifestyle. In fact, people making smaller changes in their routine have reached better results. The change has to be done steps by steps.

Here are 10 simple morning habits you can get into in order to reach your weight loss goal.

  1. High-protein Breakfast

Studies have shown that having a high-protein breakfast can help to lose weight by increasing fullness, reducing craving and ghrelin levels (the hunger hormone responsible for increasing appetite). A good example of high-protein breakfast is eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts, and chia seeds.

2. Water, water and water

Drinking a lot of water throughout the day has been associated to better results in weight loss and can help reduce appetite. Start the day by drinking one or two glasses of water before breakfast in order to boost weight loss (easy!).

Water can help increase the number of calories your body is burning and reduce the number of calories you are consuming at breakfast.

A study on overweight women demonstrated that they lost 4.4 pounds (2kg) more over one year just by increasing their water intake to one liter per day.

 3. Weigh Yourself

Weighing yourself daily can increase your motivation and give you a better control on your weight evolution (increase restraint). Studies prove that controlling the weight can increase weight loss. Weigh yourself preferably when you wake up.

4. Sunbathe

Get some sun will provide you with all the vitamin D you needs, which can increase weight loss. Having breakfast in a terrace would be perfect but this becomes harder in winter. However, a study has shown that even simple exposure to light can have an influence on weight.

5. Connect with your senses

The practice of mindfulness can help increase weight loss and promote healthy habits. How can you practise it? When you wake up, spend 5 minutes in your room and connect with your senses.

6. Move

Doing a few physical exercises directly after going out of your bed may increase satiety and improve blood sugar control.

7. Plan your lunch

The quality of your diet will be improved if you prepare a meal plan with home-cooked meals. Planning will make you do better food choices (quality and variety) and has been shown to increase weight loss.

8. Sleep well and longer

Sleeping bad may increase appetite and cravings. 

9. Go to work by bike or by foot

If you have the possibility to go to work by bike or by foot, do it! Even a few times per week, it will boost your weight loss!

10. Track what you eat

Tracking your food intake may help increase weight loss by having more control over what you eat. You can buy a diary or use an app to record your daily intake. 

 

Weight Loss: the 8 best drinks

Weight Loss: the 8 best drinks

If your main goal is to lose weight, certain beverages are better than others. It is demonstrated that beverages such as green tea, coffee, and high-protein drinks can boost metabolism, increase the feeling of fullness, decrease hunger and encourage weight loss.

Discover here 8 beneficial drinks to include in your daily life!

🔸Green Tea

Besides its high content in antioxidants and other powerful nutrients, green tea is one of the more efficient drink when trying to lose weight! The matcha tea, a type of green tea, is particularly recommended, boosting your metabolism and encouraging fat loss.

🔸Coffee

Some studies have shown that caffeinated beverages such as coffee may burn more fat, decrease the calorie intake for the next meal and increase metabolism.

🔸Black Tea

Black tea contains antioxidants such as the polyphenols which play an important role in the weight loss. Indeed, studies demonstrated that black tea can help reduce fat and encourage weight loss.

🔸Water

Drinking a lot of water every day may help you to burn fat and decrease hunger.

🔸Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

Although so far limited research has been done on the risks and benefits of apple cider vinegar, consuming a small amount may help to lose weight.

🔸Ginger Tea

Some studies on animals and humans have shown that ginger may decrease appetite, increase the feeling of fullness and increase metabolism.

🔸High-protein drinks

Protein drinks may reduce the appetite by creating a feeling of fullness. You can easily add protein powders to any drink for a quick high protein snack.

🔸Vegetable Juice

Although whole vegetables are always the better choice, drinking vegetables may be another way to encourage weight loss.

Which type of milk is the healthiest?

Which type of milk is the healthiest?

Nowadays, cow’s milk is not the only option when it comes to cooking or baking. We can easily choose between different plant-based milk varieties (soy, almond, rice, coconut, cow,..) to complement your coffee or cereals bowl.

All types of milk can be used for a wide range of recipes from sweet to salty. You can, for example, use almond milk to make a delicious curry sauce! But when it comes to nutrition, some kinds of milk are better than others! We will review the most popular kinds of milk and see their benefits and controversies.

Cow’s milk

There are different types of cow’s milk from whole milk to skim milk. The whole milk will contain more calories.

For a 250ml glass you have:

Calories: 80-150

Saturated fat: 0.1-4.6 grams

Protein: 8 grams

Sugar: 12 grams

Calcium: 300 mgs

Nutrients: Riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin A, phosphorus

We can identify some benefits such as the fact that cow’s milk contains a lot of proteins and is cheaper than the other types of milk. It is also rich in calcium which is important for children and seniors  (bones). On the other hand, cow’s milk may increase the risk of prostate, ovarian and breast cancer. Due to its sugar content, it can raise blood glucose levels. The whole milk has been tied to lower weight because it gives the feeling to be fuller and you will snack less than by drinking skim milk.

Soy milk (unsweetened)

Soy milk is produced from the pressed ground and cooked soybeans. It is quite similar to cow’s milk.

For a 250ml glass you have:

Calories: 90

Saturated fat: 0.5 grams

Protein: 8 grams

Sugar: 1 grams

Calcium: 300 mgs

Nutrients: Riboflavin, vitamins D and B12

Unsweetened soy milk is low in calories, high in proteins and omega-3, and low in saturated fat. It may improve bone health and reduce the risk of heart disease. However, you should be careful about the soy products made with estrogen, which could increase the risk of cancer to women. Another inconvenient of soy milk is the fact that it does not work well in baking.

We could say that soy milk is a good option for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant. 

Almond milk (unsweetened)

Almond milk is made from ground almonds and water and is ideal for lactose or soy intolerants.

For a 250ml glass you have:

Calories: 30

Saturated fat: 0.2 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Sugar: 0 grams

Calcium: 300 mgs

Nutrients: Riboflavin, vitamins D and B12

Almond milk is low in calories, rich in vitamins A and D, low in saturated fat and can be used in baking. On the other hand, almond milk is low in protein but you still add protein powder to your milk. Some people have difficulties to digest because it may contain carrageenan.

Coconut milk (unsweetened)

The coconut milk is made with filtered water and coconut cream. It is a good alternative for vegans.

For a 250ml glass you have:

Calories: 50

Saturated fat: 4 grams

Protein: 0.2 grams

Sugar: <1 gram

Calcium: 300 mgs

Nutrients: Vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12

It is low in calories (Unsweetened variety. On the other hand, it is low in protein and high in saturated fats, which can increase cholesterol levels (LDL).

After having reviewed the different types of milk, you are now more able to make the difference and to know what is best for you and your health!