Roadblocks When Starting Any Diet:
Getting too hungry.
Hunger is the enemy of body fat. If you think you’re going to simply starve yourself and get lasting results it “ain’t gonna happen.” The key is to plan your meals ahead of time. Eat 5 small meals per day (you could consider them snacks—not big meals)
By doing this, you will never get overly hungry. You always know you have another meal just around the corner. (Carry an emergency snack at all times. This can be about ½ a cup of trail mix with almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and some dried cranberries.)
Another tip is to eat food that is lower in calories but high in volume, food that takes up a lot of space in your stomach. This may be oatmeal, a big salad with veggies, eggs, fibrous sprouted grain breads, lean meats and fruits like melons. Most of us are so used to feeling “stuffed” after a meal that we don’t feel satisfied if our stomachs aren’t bulging. So make sure to feel full off high volume foods.
Studies show that sugar is as addicting as certain street drugs like cocaine. Crazy, huh?
When you eat something with a lot of sugar, you start to crave even more within a few hours. Therefore, the key is to cut sugar out of your diet as much as possible. The first 3 or 4 days of doing this is a bear. If you drink a lot of water and eat frequently, you’ll get through these first few days and the cravings subside.
Revenge of the junk food. The reality is, if you have junk food in your house at some point during the week (when you’re hungry, frustrated, excited or tired) you’ll find all kinds of excuses to pig out and overeat on food you shouldn’t be eating.
This is why you should make it a point to ONLY keep high quality, healthy foods in your house. This way when you get hungry you’re more apt to eat a mini-omelet than a supersized pizza.