The dieting struggle is real. When you cut calories to lose weight you feel hungrier than you do eating at caloric maintenance or surplus. Your body really doesn’t care about your desire to look leaner. It gets used to being in a certain body fat percentage range and likes to keep you there. Your body’s desire to maintain homeostasis becomes more evident the leaner you get. One of the strategies it uses is increasing your hunger to make you eat more to get back to its comfortable ‘set-point’. Being hungry all the time stinks and it’s easy to become food-focused and lose sight of your long-term goals when faced with instant gratification decisions like, ‘should I eat my salad or this fluffy glazed donut?’.
Successful dieting most definitely requires willpower and the ability to delay gratification but it doesn’t need to be a constant struggle. When dieting, you can (and should) modify the way that you eat to make it easier on yourself. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to decrease hunger and diet more effectively: