One of the worst things about cutting calories and trying to lose weight, is the feeling of always being hungry. Health professionals state that a certain amount of hunger is to be expected due to the radical decrease in the amount of calories you are taking in. But if the hunger is constant and distracting, you may need to eat more or risk blowing your whole diet.
Some recommendations for controlling this hunger are to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. When you feel a large amount of hunger, drink a glass of water to see if it goes away. It’s possible you were just thirsty. Another recommendation is to increase your protein intake to promote a feeling of fullness and satiety. It is a balancing act between losing weight and not being constantly miserable when it comes to dieting.
- If you are trying to lose weight, you should feel some hunger but it shouldn’t be constant.
- You should be eating every few hours whether or not you are dieting.
- Make sure you actually are hungry, not just thirsty, bored, or stressed.
“The longer you’re on this new healthy-eating plan, the better your system will adapt to less snacking throughout the day.”