Being in a calorie deficit means you are never 100% full but you shouldn’t be starving either. You’ll feel satisfied & content with a good calorie goal.
But sometimes on certain days, you might just feel hungrier.
Maybe you went on a long walk with your family, decided to clean the house for three hours, or put on some music and ended up dancing for an hour in your living room.
Sometimes, we just burn more calories on certain days.
My students in Flexible Eating 101 follow one calorie goal daily. It’s too confusing and unnecessary to give someone multiple calorie goals to follow. And you don’t always know if you’re going to burn more calories on a particular day because you might not have woke up planning to spring clean that day!
But a good indicator of knowing you might have burned extra calories on a particular day is your hunger cues.
As nighttime comes around and you’ve met your calorie goal the hunger pains decide to come after you.
If you have hit your daily calorie goal for weight loss and you’re still experiencing hunger, my advice is to eat a snack.
Going to bed hungry can prevent you from sleeping well. And going to bed hungry will likely mean you’ll wake up starving. We don’t have time for any of that.
Consume a little snack and see how you feel.
And it doesn’t have to be a 300 calorie snack to feel satisfaction. You just need a good option with some carb + protein.
So today, I’m bringing you five awesome snacks to have if you’re still hungry a few hours after dinner that are a great source of protein and all 150 calories or less!
1) Yogurt (I had a vanilla Icelandic style skyr from Trader Joe’s) + a few pieces of granola = 150 calories & 15 gm protein
2) Protein nice cream (recipe linked here). I used about 10 gm of protein powder for this example = 150 calories & 11 gm protein
(I highly recommend Beast chocolate or even vanilla protein powder. I’ve had both and they taste next level amazing). My code Ravleen15 can save you 15%.
3) Cottage cheese (a little less than 1/2 cup, I used a low-fat version in this example) + 2 tangerines = 150 calories & 11 gm protein
4) Hot chocolate (I used 1 cup of 2% milk + 2 tsp cocoa powder) = 135 calories & 9.5 gm protein
5) Half of an apple + 1 tbsp peanut butter = 150 calories & 3.5 gm protein
Some days you just might feel hungrier than other days. That doesn’t mean you need to go to bed hungry. Eat a sensible snack with some protein instead of ignoring hunger cues!