I can’t get no satisfaction
For those of us dieting for summer, hunger control can be the main determinant of our success. In addition to fasting, which means eating fewer, and therefore larger and more satisfying meals, here’s how to stuff your face without going over your macros:
Rotate the density of your food choices, increasing volume as you reduce calories.
This is the basic principle, brilliantly encapsulated in an infographic by Evoke.ie:
High Carb days:
On high carb days, you may have to hit up to 600g carbs – in which case you can be hedonistic and enjoy dense and sugary carb choices:
High volume, low calorie density foods:
Rather than eating the same foods but trying to control your portions (brb weightwatchers), just choose more satiating carb choices:
Mashed Turnip (5g carbs/100g),
85% Dark Chocolate (22g/100g),
Additionally, you could take a look at Protein-Pow and make some Protein Oreos – check out the site, some absolute corkers on there:
Avoid having liquid calories like protein shakes on these days, make every calorie something to enjoy. For example, make a highly filling protein fluff rather than drinking the same amount of protein:
For more recipes like this, see our guide to macro friendly cheesecakes
– Mushrooms – These have played a big part in my life recently. Only 0.4% carbs. You can grill them with garlic and they’re pretty damn satiating. I often eat close to 1kg at a time.
Spinach, mashed swede with garlic and smoked haddock (3g carbs),
Zero-Carb Ice cream (can blend cottage cheese for lower fat)
We challenge you to go over your carb allowance using grilled mushrooms. Good luck with that!
Obviously this is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should give you some ideas for food rotations. Have a play around. You won’t even feel like you’re dieting. Check the forum for more recipes.
More to come on appetite and satiety, stay tuned.