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How to Lower Your Calories Without Starving

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you're trying to lose weight, you're probably going to have to lower your calorie consumption. Since the basic idea behind dropping pounds is to burn more calories than you consume, cutting back is key. But it's also hard! Suddenly lowering the amount that you're eating can make you feel incredibly hungry. And who wants to walk around with a growling stomach? If you're serious about losing weight, take a look at these tips for cutting calories without starving.

Eat More Fiber

Fiber is a substance found in many kinds of food. It should already be a part of a healthy diet, but for anyone looking to lose weight, it's a must. Because it takes longer to digest, eating fiber can keep you feeling fuller longer. So what goods are high in fiber? Apples, pears, popcorn, and beans are a great place to start. Just be careful not to consume too much too quickly, or you may end up bloated and uncomfortable.

Drink More Water

Drinking more water is almost always a good idea. Water helps hydrate the body, protect the brain, and flush the digestive tract. And when you're trying to lose weight, it also keeps you feeling full. You can get more water through the direct approach -- fill up a glass and sip. Or if you'd rather, you can eat water filled foods like celery, watermelon, and cucumber. Either way, more water can help you beat the hunger feeling while your body adjusts.

Give It Time

It's important to remember that any change in your diet will take some time to get used to. Once you cut calories, your stomach will absolutely get used to it. You won't feel permanently hungry, but it will take some time. Give it a week or two to adjust to the new amount of food that you are consuming. Once your body gets accustomed, the hunger feeling will pass and you'll feel satisfied much more often.

Cutting calories can be tough. We get used to our current menu and food choices, and making changes isn't always appealing. It takes some serious self-discipline and a great desire for success to make it work. But if you really want to, you can do it! Use these tips to get past the hardest part, and enjoy better health as a result.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Worth, Fla.

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