Many people associate weight loss with feeling hungry all the time, but this does not have to be the case.
You need a range of different foods to stay energised and healthy - if you go to bed with a growling stomach every night, then this is bound to impact on your wellbeing, not to mention be hard to sustain over the long term.
One of the secrets to successful weight management is choosing the right foods to eat. It's important to pick options that are both nutritious and delicious - and that will keep you feeling full and satisfied.
In other words, try not to 'waste your calories' on foods that are high in fat and sugar yet low in nutritional value.
These may satisfy you in the short-term, but chances are if you eat a chocolate bar for lunch you will be hungry again an hour later.
Meanwhile if you eat a large salad with protein, seeds and plenty of vegetables, you will be more likely to last until dinner time.
Some people take feeling hungry as a good sign, but in reality this may only lead to you making poor food choices later on.
It's hard to turn down that bag of crisps or say no to takeaways when your tummy is growling and eating is the only thing on your mind!
Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious, healthy options that promote weight loss and help you feel satisfied.
Often the secret lies in flavouring. Think eating chicken and steamed vegetables for dinner is boring? Why not try adding a Cajun spice to your chicken fillet, and some herbs to your vegetables?
Or say you don't like eating plain rolled oats for breakfast. Well, add some colour and flavour to your cereal with fresh blueberries and cinnamon!
It's all about finding healthy, natural flavours that you love and enjoy. The idea that only 'bad food' tastes good is a myth! There are so many delicious and nutritious options available - you just have to know where to look.
There is even a healthy alternative for sugar! SweetLeaf Stevia is a delicious sweetener that is high in flavour yet contains ZERO calories. Add a sprinkle of this sugar replacement to your cereal or hot beverages, without worrying about your weight!