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Carry a protein bar to stave off hunger. Or if you can, a protein drink.
I always have water and a protein bar in my bag. I just got protein powder packets to carry too. This helps me noteat fast food if I'm out running errands or doing things. It tides me over until I get home where I can eat a healthy meal.
When I'm not sure if my hunger is real hunger or 'mouth hunger', I pop a strong mint (like Altoids™), in my mouth. If it isn't real hunger, I don't really want to put anything else in my mouth after a strong taste like that.
I've noticed 3 types of hunger on my weight loss journey: Physical Hunger, in which my body needs food; Mouth Hunger, in which I have a taste for something, but my body doesn't need the fuel; and Psychological Hunger, in which my emotions or condition at the time (and not my body) hunger to eat. My secret is simple: only feed the physical hunger.
What helps me stay on track? Analyze what caused the non-physical hunger types and and deal with the issues. Tired? Sleep. Stressed? Breathe. Bored? Do something! And so on. 306
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