A man’s appetite can vary widely on a variety of factors. We all know those scrawny guys who can throw down a huge meal and not gain a pound but unfortunately most guys do not fit into that category. Having a large appetite can be a big barrier to weight loss and lead to making the wrong decisions that make you gain weight in the first place. If you are cursed with a large appetite losing weight can still be an obtainable goal. Follow these simple tips to achieve your goals and make healthy food choices.
1. Set a Goal – If your appetite is standing in the way of your weight loss or causing weight gain the first step to controlling it is to set a goal of what you are trying to achieve. Whether you want to lose 20lbs., maintain your current weight or cut out certain sweets or junk food set a specific number and then come up with a plan of action.
2. Train your stomach – Your stomach is a muscle just like your biceps and hamstrings. The more you work it the bigger it will become. If you are cleaning your plate off with those extra few bites you really aren’t that hungry for that can stretch it out and little by little you will be able to fit more food and in turn your appetite will increase. So dial back the portions and retrain your stomach when to be full.
3. Learn portion control – If you are not sure what a portion should be read the labels in your food to guestimate how many calories you are consuming. An example of a healthy plate is ½ vegetables, ¼ protein and ¼ carbs or healthy starch. Each quarter of your plate should be roughly the size of your fist.
4. Eat several small meals – Eating several small meals will regulate your blood sugar and give you a constant supply of energy. Also filling your stomach before you get hungry will deter you from overeating.
5. Don’t deprive yourself – Food deprivation is the number one reason people stop or break their diet plans. Make sure to allow yourself some of your favorite “unhealthy” foods just eat them on occasion and in moderation.
6. Keep a Food Journal – Write down what you are eating to better understand your food choices. If you are not getting the results you are looking for keep checking back over what you ate and make changes to see if your results improve.