How To Lose Weight Without Starvation is not an easy one, but it’s possible and it’s best done if you don’t stay hungry for long periods of time. Your weight loss success depends on it.
There is a big misconception about when it comes to losing weight. Everyone becomes really grumpy, thinking that they are going to starve themselves now in order to lose weight. But it doesn’t have to be like this.
In fact, if you think that starvation is the only way to lose weight, you are not only going to shock your body, but you might end up seriously harming your health and your well-being in general. Not to mention the yo-yo effects you are going to have the moment you start eating normally again. It’s pointless.
So don’t starve yourself, this is not the right way to lose weight.
The right way is… with patience, and a bit of willpower.
Now, I am going to suggest to you how to do that, but that’s from my own personal experience. Everyone is different, and everyone’s routines and schedules are different, so this is just an example that worked for me, so I hope it works for you too.
I managed to lose weight by eating a couple of times a day!
By snacking every 2-3 hours to curb all the hunger and low energy crashes between meals.
I had dinner early and didn’t eat anything after dinner. If I felt really hungry after dinner, I would drink some plant-based milk or eat a dark chocolate square.
Snacking on fruit is important because it curbs sugar cravings.
It’s just really important that you eat healthy filling foods, that are low in calories, or if not, just eaten in moderation ( like nuts, nut butters, healthy fats, like olive oil and avocado ) so that you end up in a calorie deficit without much hunger.
Here are a couple of filling snacks that I ate when I was trying to lose weight:
– Peanut butter (careful though, my portion was 15-20g ) I normally matched it with a banana or an apple.
– Drink water between meals! That’s an important one for losing weight in general.
– Nuts, a handful of nuts for snacking will curb the hunger for a few hours, for the expense of only around 100-150 calories.
– Crispy chickpeas
– Fresh fruit
– Hummus dipped with carrots, peppers or any other vegetable.
– Banana smoothie, or berry smoothie
– Guacamole with crackers
– Granola with dairy-free yogurt. Make sure you make your own granola because the granola in the stores is full of trans fats and sugar. Here is our recipe for Healthy Granola.
– Whipped bean dip with Pitta Bread Chips or you can use vegetable sticks too.
– Dark Chocolate, no less than 75% cocoa
– Stuffed dates with nut butter, or stuffed with whole nuts
Now, I am going to recommend a couple of other foods to include in your diet in general, not just when you want to lose weight, because these are healthy foods, that should be included in your everyday diet.
We need to include complex carbohydrates in our diet!
Carbs! I know, the number one enemy to everyone who starts dieting, but it’s actually not! Simple carbs like white flour, cakes, cookies, waffles and etc, they are not good for when you are trying to lose weight, or when you are trying to eat healthier in general.
Now, complex carbohydrates are going to be your best friend in order to lose weight.
Complex carbs pack in more nutrients than simple carbs. They’re higher in fiber and digest more slowly. This makes them more filling, which means they’re a good option for weight control.
They’re also ideal for people with type 2 diabetes because they help manage blood sugar spikes after meals.
Fiber and starch are the two types of complex carbohydrates.
Fiber is especially important because it promotes bowel regularity and helps to control cholesterol and helps you feel fuller for longer. That is why it’s important for losing weight.\
Complex carbohydrate foods include:
– Whole grains
– Pulses like Beans, Lentils, and Peas
– Sweet potatoes, brown rice, and quinoa.
– Vegetables, like carrots, parsnips, onions, okra, tomatoes, and the list goes on…
Another very important food group that you need to include in your weight-loss journey is – Fat!
Yes, Fat! Seriously, don’t be scared of Fat, or Carbohydrates! These are not your enemies when it comes to losing weight, if used in the right amount, they will be the key to losing weight in a healthy way and for long-term. And without any starvation!
Fat keeps you full for longer, and your body needs fat in order to function properly.
You can read our article that’s a bit more detailed about why you shouldn’t be scared about eating Fats and Carbohydrates when it comes to losing weight –> Fat And Carbohydrates Are Good For Losing Weight
Of course, I am talking about the good fats.
Fat like deep-fried food, trans fat, saturated fats, and animal fat are not good fats.
When the oil is heated repeatedly, it may alter the fatty acid composition of the oil. Heating causes the oil to undergo a series of chemical reactions like oxidation, hydrolysis, and polymerization. That is why fried foods are not very healthy.
The Good Fats on the other hand include:
2. Olive oil
5. The Occasional Dark Chocolate
Including these healthy fats in your diet, in general, will benefit you in a hundred ways.
Of course, just like anything, everything has to be consumed in moderation! Too much of anything, will not only lead to weight gain, but it will disturb your body.
Another method I tried when losing weight:
I found this one worked best, which was to have one big meal for lunch at around 1 pm (I didn’t eat any breakfast, to save the extra calories for lunch) about 900 calories, then I wouldn’t eat anything until dinner at 6 pm, when I would have for example a filling lentil soup with a slice of wholegrain toast which ends up being about 300-400 calories so my calorie total for the day would be around 1200-1300. That would definitely bring me to a calorie deficit and I’d start losing weight easily without being hungry, at all!
Limiting Junk Food Is Essential When You Want To Lose Weight
There is nothing good about Junk Food, apart from that it tastes good and it’s comforting.
From excessive amounts of salt, fat, sugar, and all sorts of highly processed crap the takeaway or junk food has is insane.
It’s also really high on sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, it isn’t something you should eat often.
Junk food causes spikes in your insulin levels when you consume them, then you get a sudden drop and you will feel hungry again and will crave a quick energy boost, which will lead you to another unhealthy, probably sugary snack. This will lead to overeating, which means not only you won’t lose weight, but you will end up gaining weight.
Eating too much of these foods will not only cause weight gain, but it can lead to issues such as high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Processed takeaway foods commonly contain artificial additives, colorings, flavorings, preservatives and sweeteners that possess no nutritional value to the body. These chemical additives place an extra burden on our already overworked livers.
Remember why you are here and where you want to go, so limiting French fries and cakes is one of the ways to lose weight successfully and in a healthy way! We all want to just eat pizza every day, but unfortunately, this cannot be possible, if you want to lose weight or be healthy.
You need to make healthy eating your lifestyle and if you want to lose weight permanently or just be in a healthy weight, where you feel good, beautiful and healthy, this will take some time and a bit more self-control.
The Bottom Line
Up until today when I am no longer trying to lose weight, I still follow all of the principles above, because they have become my lifestyle. I also indulge in comfort foods and foods I crave in MODERATION though! Am I fat? – no!
I am in a healthy weight, in weight I see myself beautiful! I don’t look at the scales anymore, because I eat all of the foods above in moderation, which are part of eating healthy and if you eat healthy, your body will feel healthy, your mind will feel healthy, and your weight will be healthy!