Losing Weight Without Being
Hungry - by Melanie Mendelson
(c)Melanie Mendelson - All Rights Reserved http://www.practical-weight-loss.com
Many people associate weight loss with being hungry all the
time. They're afraid to start a weight loss plan because they
want to avoid the frustrations of hunger.
And yes, a lot of times for many people it's better to be overweight
than to starve. I'm no exception. I really like to eat, so there's
no way I would be constantly hungry for the sake being thin.
What kind of life is it if you're always feeling hungry?
Our natural instinct tells us to eat when we are hungry. Hunger
is a signal telling the body that it needs to eat. It is also
a signal to the body that it is in danger, that it needs food
now. Our self-preservation instinct makes us scarf down everything
in sight in response to feelings of starvation.
Our body doesn't care that we live in the modern world where
food is plentiful. It acts the same as it would if we were living
in a wild, having to hunt for our food. And it is not wise to
go against the instinct that is designed to protect us from
So, get ready for a surprise: you do not have to be hungry
in order to lose weight. On the contrary, eating regular meals
and keeping yourself full is what will actually help you stick
to your healthy eating plan and reach your goals. Keeping your
hunger in check will help you avoid overeating. It will also
prevent you from feeling miserable, frustrated and out of control.
Try eating 5-6 small frequent meals as opposed to three large
ones. If you wait too long for a meal, by the time the food
comes, you will be starving and will not be able to control
yourself. Eating smaller meals more often helps keep you full,
and lets you be in control.
Never skip meals. Some people think that by skipping breakfast
or lunch they will save total calories, but the opposite happens.
Because they go for too long without food, they end up compensating
for it and then some later in the day. In addition, skipping
meals slows down your metabolism, because your body feels like
it's not getting enough food. So it activates its survival instinct
and burns fewer calories.
Another trick is to eat slower. It takes our body around 20
minutes to realize that it's full. If you eat too fast, you
will eat unnecessary calories while your body is determining
whether it is still hungry. By the time it realizes that it's
full, it is too late, since you've already eaten more than you
needed. If you eat slowly, your brain will start sending signals
to stop eating just in time.
So don't starve yourself in pursuit of weight loss. There's
absolutely no need for it. Get used to the idea that losing
weight does not require being hungry.
Losing weight in a healthy way does not involve starving or
deprivation. That's why it is permanent -- if you lose weight
in a healthy way, you're likely to keep it off for good.
Melanie Mendelson is one of those select few people who succeeded
in losing weight and keeping it off. She lost 23 lbs and got
down to her ideal weight, and she reveals all her weight loss
secrets in her special guide.
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