Dieting Making You Grouchy?

Spilled Raw PastaFrom the Daily Press, in Newport News, VA.   Is it possible to cut calories and lose weight without feeling constantly hungry and irritable?  Here are a few tips to help you lose those unwanted pounds you gained during the miserable, hot weather we have experienced this summer.

  • Eat “Good” Carbohydrates. 

  • Eat plenty of the “good” carbohydrates which include fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Avoid the highly processed and refined foods. Healthy carbs boost levels of serotonin, a hormone that boosts mood.

Go for Variety. 

You need food from each of the major groups which include protein, carbohydrates, and fats.  Focus on healthy sources of fat – nuts, avocado, salmon, and olive or canola oil – instead of cutting fat.

Stay Away from Junk. 

Sugary foods and drinks create a sudden burst of energy followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar, which causes irritability, mood swings, and problems with concentration.

Get enough fiber. 

This substance, found in plants and whole-grain cereals and breads, slows absorption of sugar from the bloodstream and can help prevent mood swings. Fiber-rich foods also keep you feeling full longer.

Eat often.  

Going for long periods between meals also leads to low blood sugar levels. Stay on an even emotional keel by eating small portions every four to five hours.  Don’t let yourself get too hungry.

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