When you go paleo, it means you are going to be consuming food that is nutritionally supercharged. As opposed to the simple carbohydrates, junk food, sugar and fast foods you may have been eating in the past, paleo food is often low in calories and carbohydrates. It is nutritionally dense, which is a good thing, but the fact that you aren’t taking in as many carbs and calories as you are used to means you may feel hungry eating these types of healthy foods.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to combat these hunger pains.
Eat More Frequently
One simple way to keep yourself feeling full is to spread your meals and snacks out over 5 or 6 sessions. We have been taught to eat 3 major meals in many modern societies. Unfortunately, this is not the best way to keep you feeling full all day long and to keep your metabolism cranked up. Eat 3 sensible meals and 2 or 3 snacks during the day, and drink water, black tea or green tea all day long. This keeps cravings at bay, and keeps your belly full.
Drink A Lot
Eating paleo means avoiding most foods and drinks which require technology to produce them. That means the beverages you can drink include water, herbal teas, coffee, coconut water and mineral water. Many people experience “fake hunger”. You think you are hungry, when your body is only requiring and craving hydration. Since you need around 1 gallon of water to pass through your system each day, drinking continuously throughout the day can help give you a sensation of fullness all day long.
Add Fat to Your Meals
If you have been eating lots of carbs and switch to paleo, you’re going to have to ramp up your fat intake. This doesn’t mean unhealthy fats. However, you do want to be eating plenty of healthy fats, like coconut oil, nuts and avocado every day. These healthy fats help your carb cravings, and give you a full feeling at the same time.
Add A Few Carbs … Just A Few!
If you still find yourself continually hungry even after you practice the 3 tips above, there is one other option you can try. Begin increasing your carbohydrate intake gradually. For instance, try adding half a sweet potato to you meals and then move on from there.
These are just a few simple ways to combat hunger pains when your body is adjusting to the paleo diet.