By Maury M. Breecher, Ph.D., M.P.H
You don't have to be hungry when you are on a diet, according to Robert M.
Johnson, M.D., author of The New Charleston Program: The Permanent
Weight-Control Solution. A person who eats three nutritionally balanced
meals a day, plus a few small snacks, cannot possibly experience true hunger.
It's physiologically impossible to have a true hunger pang under those
circumstances. However, overweight individuals on a proper diet can and do
experience cravings, desires, and urges for specific foods which they often
interpret as hunger.
If you take even part of this advice (and the free advice I'll
send you on a weekly basis, when you sign-up below), you will learn to
think like a thin person and eat only when you experience true hunger. These
tips will help you banish your hunger cravings.
1. Drink several glasses of water
or a cup or two of hot soup before each meal to cut the edge off your hunger.
A cup of hot tea, coffee, or lemon-flavored water also cuts the edge and
will help you fill up quickly.
2. It is often hard for people to
resist snacking during TV commercials. Instead of running for the refrigerator,
do short exercises: Walk around the room on your toes, jog in place, or do
simple stretching exercises. While sitting, you can extend your legs, wiggle
your toes, and make circles with your arms. These exercises will take your mind
off of hunger urges. It will take your mind off hunger until your TV show
3. If you do snack, munch on
measured portions of bite-size pieces of fruit such as melon balls, pieces of
apple, pear, oranges, peaches, banana slices, strawberries, etc. It is
important that these foods already be prepared. If you are hungry and have to
prepare the bite-size pieces it's too easy to overeat while you are preparing
Sign up now for additional free weight-control tips
and motivational advice.
Each week you'll get a new, easy-to-implement tip that will help you lose weight and keep
it off plus a powerful tidbit of psychological/behavioral advice to help you change bad eating habits.
Please enter your email address in the field below and
click Submit to subscribe to our free e-newsletter.
Maury M. Breecher, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a longtime health writer whose work has
appeared in newspapers, major woman's magazines, and on the Internet. He is
co-author of The New Charleston Program: The Permanent Weight-Control Solution
via Our Secure Online Server