Deprivation is NEVER a good tactic when it comes to weight loss or maintenance. It’s tough because sometimes we really want to stick to “clean eating” but we don’t realize that we aren’t having enough food. Too little = bad news!
Adding in “volume” foods can REALLY make a difference – an extra serving of steamed or grilled veggies (seasonings can really jazz these up), a helping of fresh fruit, an extra serving of protein as a snack in between meals, maybe a dash of good fats in there…those things will really help you to stave off the “let me eat my whole kitchen!” later in the day.
NO ONE can eat a tiny amount and not have their body, later on, say “uh…excuse me? I need some fuel to function properly…?”
Having TOO LITTLE is a quick way to derail your plan, and it will set you up for failure. So make sure you add in a healthy snack or two, or double up on the protein and water-and-fiber-based foods that can help keep you fuller longer.
We’ve all been snookered by a massive wave of hunger when we try limiting our intake. Not only does restriction SLOW your metabolism, but your body is designed needs the proper fuel (and enough of it!) to function properly.