Weight Loss and Dieting: Critical Mistakes (Part 8 of 8)

The Enemy is Hunger

This powerful, extremely convincing force will overtake you and all your efforts to lose weight.  Depending on how quickly you’ve changed your eating habits or cut back the calories, you will at some point get desperate and want to STUFF. YOUR. FACE. May I suggest keeping a full fridge and pantry as a rule, and turning your face first to what I call “Free” foods: eat as many as you need to until you can find or make a more comprehensive meal to temporarily satisfy the hunger. Sitck to low calorie, filling or bulky foods containing lots of water or fiber. Include nuts (raw almonds, cashews, roasted peanuts, pistachios), berries, grapes, and any snack-able vegetable (cherry  tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, celery). Low calorie popcorn, low fat yogurt, some dried fruit, hummus, pickles, olives, applesauce, or natural granola bars are other good options. Unless they need to be refrigerated, these should be lying out on the kitchen counter where you can see them, so if hunger strikes, you have options. If you have to eat away from the house, such as having lunch at work, take snack-sized ziplock bags full of these healthy munchies with you. I beg you, do not bring home Oreos, Little Debbie cakes, fruit snacks, Cheezits, Pringles, or Potato Chips from the grocery store, or you WILL snack on them. I say this from personal experience.

For that matter, don’t shop for groceries when you’re extremely hungry, as you will make irrational choices. Be on the continual search for new and healthy recipes that keep your palate interested. Mix it up with different spices, dips, herbs. Remember, this article is focused on the person who is aggressively trying to change their lifestyle to lose weight; it’s understood you will occasionally want to bring home a package of Oreos or a ‘naughty’ snack. Just don’t make it a habit, and it won’t be. Also, chug a bottle of water anytime hunger strikes- it will trick your mind into temporarily thinking you’re full.

You can do this. There is no reason why you can’t. Get started, and don’t give up after a few weeks. I can almost promise you, you will feel better about yourself and about life in general if you can stick to these principles. Find someone else who will mutually encourage you, motivate you, and who is interested in changing their lifestyle, too. From someone who has been on both sides of this struggle, I wish you the very best.

About our Author

BrittanyBrittany Arnett is a graduate of the NOVA Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Brittany completed her undergraduate studies at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, while playing Division I volleyball. Brittany has been part of the North Shore Family Practice team since 2011.

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