Three things to consider
1. Are you eating enough protein, fat and carbohydrates in your main meals? If you’re feeling absolutely ravenous within two hours of eating one of your main meals it may be that you’re not consuming enough protein or healthy fats to keep you feeling satisfied. Don’t worry you don’t need to rush out and buy a protein powder (although on a side note the addition of a high-quality protein powder to oats and smoothies can be an excellent way to boost your protein intake). Protein containing foods include nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy, legumes and meat. Obviously not everyone has time for (or feels like) a savoury breakfast in the morning -if you do have time- omelettes, egg/tofu scrambles or grab and go vegetable frittatas are awesome options. Another way to boost your intake of protein and healthy fats is simply adding 1-2 tbsp of nuts, seeds or yoghurt to your breakfast.
2. What do you prefer and are you hungry? Some people prefer to eat five small meals, some three main meals and others three meals with a few snacks here and there. It’s important to determine what best works for you which can be easier said than done, especially if everyone is having morning and afternoon tea at the office… Try experimenting for a few weeks and see if you can work out what suits you best. Before reaching for that mid-morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up, consider are you actually hungry or are you just munching away because it’s gone three o’clock? Obviously, occasions such as birthdays and whatnot are different and sometimes you just really feel like a mid-week treat and that’s completely okay too!
3. How physically active are you? If you have a physically demanding job and are on your feet for most of the day, you may need a few more snacks to sustain your energy levels and power you through the day or may not have time to sit down for a meal.