When ALL the bloggers I WANT to read don't post often, I have to go fishing for interesting articles elsewhere while I drink my morning coffee. I may not get much out of them, but they often provide plenty of ideas as grist for MY mill. :-)
Don't get too hungry, writes a certain "expert" in a respected publication -- it makes you want to eat! Oi.... After an overnight fast, looking at the reward circuits of dieters, their little brains lit up looking at pictures of yummy food.
WHAT THE HELL does she want them to do, wake up every three hours and prepare themselves a nice balanced snack? People who want and need to lose weight, these days, so often have sleep problems already. [sigh]
Step one, to combat this "problem" -- turn the dieters into fat-burners through a nice old-fashioned Atkins induction.
Step two, make sure they take a WELL-MADE vitamin/mineral supplement -- not some damned thing like Centrum, which may not even dissolve in time for absorption in the right area of the digestive system.
If you're hungry, it isn't an empty-stomach phenomenon -- I think we've established that beyond doubt! If you experience physical symptoms of NEEDING food, which is a decent definition of hunger as opposed to mere appetite, your body is calling either for nutrients or energy. If you can access your own stores of fat, that latter requirement has been met to a large degree. If you're getting all the vitamins and minerals you need, your chance of having chocolate cravings diminish SIGNIFICANTLY.
To us, the low-carb-committed, it seems so easy and straightforward! To people still trapped in the low-calorie paradigm, to people who had success in their twenties with Weight Watchers, to people who "did low-carb wrong*" ... the points I made above are lost in the trees of the weight-loss forest.
Until people start thinking for themselves -- i.e., not believing all the bullshit promoted by people wanting to sell you the latest miracle supplement or superfood or exercise gimmick -- they're not going to make any progress whatsoever. The most helpful advice isn't hidden. STOP LISTENING TO THE FAILURES. Stop listening to the people who are as alike to you as chalk to cheese.
Just as the brain is the premier sex-organ, it's also the source of all your other successes in life. Use it.
* [evil grin] i'm becoming very fond of this phrase, because of all the indignation it receives among the average facebooker. i'm blaming the victim! yep, they did it wrong. WHY did they do it wrong? because they didn't do their due diligence! because they believed in SOMEBODY ELSE'S n=1 instead of looking into Atkins' or Eades' n=thousands. young people who've never dieted before I can understand, but other middle-aged women? through the decades, we've been on EVERY DIET UNDER THE SUN. we USED to be able to lose weight much more easily than we can now. fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice....