Like almost everything associated with this diet (or any other diet, for that matter), different people have different experiences. Some ride the ‘high’ of losing a lot of weight rapidly all the way through. Others find they stall after only seven to ten days.
Today I want to talk about
HUNGER and CHEATING
I chose to write about this today because I have been hungry, hungry, hungry all day. I’m almost completely through my third week, and have to take a look at why I am feeling this now! Most people are amazed that they can eat so little for so long and not be hungry. But most of us find that at some point we find ourselves really wanting to eat something we are just not supposed to. Why does it happen, and what are we supposed to do?
First, why did it happen? I don’t know. That’s the short answer. Could be that your metabolism is kicking in big time and causing you to crave more food. Could be the ‘diet-honeymoon’ is over and you’re starting to think this is going to be too hard. Could be that you smelled something really wonderful. Could be you’re stressed. OR, maybe you messed up the protocol. Have you been drinking all your water, not skipping a meal, stretching out your fruit to snack on all day? One person I know waited until 5 pm then ate her entire day’s allotment of food. She just wanted to have that feeling of ‘full.’ Then, to her surprise, she was starving only a couple of hours later. It was like her body got the ‘eat’ message and just wanted more!! It took her three days to feel semi normal again. So, I don’t know why we get hungry with the hCG, I just know that sometimes we do.
We have two basic choices in this case. (1) Tough it out, or (2) Cheat. We all know that toughing it out, resisting the temptation, and NOT GIVING IN would be the ‘best’ thing to do. But, let’s say that toughing it out is just not an option. You’re to the place that you want to open the fridge and eat everything in sight, or run to the store for a gallon of Chocolate Cappuccino Fudge ice cream (my personal fave). And if you don’t, you’re going to either yell at someone, or kick the dog, or worse. Here’s a few suggestions that may help without causing you to stall your weight loss for days……. or give up. Can you cheat? Yes. Will it have terrible consequences? Depends.
Five Ways to Cheat .. Without Sabotaging Your Diet
First of all, you must understand that cheating ALWAYS has consequences. It’s sorta like sin. You really WANT to do what you want. But there are consequences. If you just can’t resist, then hopefully you can find a way to get past this time without messing up your entire diet. Right? The list below can help .. and suggestions are listed from least-harmful to probably-really-shouldn’t-do-this-one-unless-you’re-desperate.
Drink, Drink, Drink
OK, this isn’t really a cheat, but it can help. I find that downing a one-liter bottle of lemon-lime flavored seltzer water can give me a sense of full, without causing any harm whatsoever. In the ten minutes or so it takes me to drink it, I can tell myself I really don’t want to blow it, and I can look for something else to do to distract me, while getting myself as far away from any food as possible. HA!
A variation on this is to just go have a nice tall diet soda. We know diet drinks are bad bad bad for your body, can actually be addictive, and that you shouldn’t make a habit of consuming them. But a Sonic diet Root Beer with their wonderful shaved ice can give you a wonderful sense of cheating without doing too much harm. Or fix a diet coke at home, sit some place quiet and sip it slowly. With both of these options, part of the trick is time. Give your mind time to talk you tummy out of it!! And the carbonation can help put the hunger pangs out of their misery.
This too can be a double-edged blessing. A piece of sugar-free candy can help you get over the hump, but be sure to find something without a lot of fat. Remember, on this diet fat is the ENEMY! I like Werther’s Sugar-Free butterscotch hard candies (Walgreens). They have a rich flavor (regular, coffee, or mint) and take a while to dissolve. They do have fat, but one or even two pieces will probably be OK. Sugar-Free life savers might work too. These have helped me when I’m running late and and past lunchtime. Again, not acceptable according to the standard protocol, but shouldn’t do too much harm.
Indulge yourself with a non-fat cappuccino at your favorite coffee shop. NOT a latte (too much milk). A cappuccino has frothed milk and not a lot of it, yet it tastes yummy and rich. If you like it sweet, add a little stevia and enjoy. I have one of these once a week, just to convince myself that life has not ended just because I’m on a strict diet, and it doesn’t seem to stall my weight loss.
Wheat-Thins Flat Bread Crackers
I discovered these at Walmart a few months ago and LOVE them. They come in Garden Flavor and Garlic, and have saved my life more than once. Two of them are equivalent in fat to a Melba Toast and are a THOUSAND TIMES better tasting. They’re also pricier, but you’re worth it. I eat one every day, usually nibbling very slowly and enjoying every crunchy bite! A lifesaver. Sometimes in the evening, which is my most difficult time, I’ll have a second one… but don’t push your luck too much.
Nuts are typically high-fat, so don’t get carried away here. I recommend seven to 10 dry roasted almonds. Sitting in front of the TV at night, which is a difficult time for many, just nibble on them. Drag it out. Nibble slowly, take four or five bits for each almond. It will let your mind think you’re having a snack, and hopefully, won’t cause you to stall.
So, there you go. A few tips to help you get past the cravings, give yourself a little treat, and move on to success!!
The most important thing is to remember that there is nothing you can eat that is worth giving up life for. And Fat on your body decreases your quality of life. You’re Trading Your Fat …. For LIFE!!
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