Why Your Food Intake Might Actually Increase While Dieting
In many cases, dieters may find that upon starting a diet they are taking in more food than they are used to.
This fact can make them feel some anxiety.
Either they simply don’t want to eat when they aren’t hungry as they have no appetite for food or they believe that eating that much will surely lead to halted weight loss.
But is this the case? Let’s look at this concept further.
Why You Eat More On Diet Plans
First let’s talk about why you are eating more on diet plans in the first place.
Usually this comes about not because you are taking in more calories but rather because you are taking in foods that have lower calorie density.
This means these foods have more total volume per 100 calories, so they will fill up your stomach faster.
For instance, let’s compare some broccoli to pasta. One cup of pasta has around 200 calories while to get that same amount of energy from broccoli, you would have to consume around five cups.
Most people, as hard as they may try, would not be able to eat that much broccoli.
Because the foods on your diet plan have this lower calorie density, this means you will likely be eating more food volume despite being on a lower calorie intake. This makes it feel like you are stuffed full.
But do keep in mind, if you don’t eat the food you need to be eating, this can result in nutritional deficiency, and worse, slow your metabolic rate, making it nearly impossible to lose fat.
Some dieters will think it’s okay to just skip meals if they aren’t hungry – they’re still full from the last snack, but this, over the long run, can hinder progress.
Giving Your Body Time To Adjust
One thing to also realise is that your body will adjust and adapt. At first, it may seem like you are eating a lot of food and with eating four to six meals a day, like you are always eating.
But give it a few weeks. Your body will eventually adjust and adapt and soon you will find that you actually crave more food.
Your body will get used to being fed on a regular meal schedule and soon, if you miss a meal, you’ll find that you get ravenous.
This is a good sign that your metabolism is also becoming healthier as well, staying revved all day long, meaning you are likely burning fat at an accelerated pace as well.
Finally, if you still find that your body is just not adjusting and you are too full to fit any more food in, then consider some alternatives.
What you can do is opt for healthier, calorie dense food. For instance, rather than having egg whites for breakfast, add a whole egg.
Rather than serving a salad for lunch with just greens, add some beans or corn to that salad to bring in more calories.
Rather than having an apple for a snack, have half an apple with a tablespoon of nut butter.
If you really struggle to get the target calorie intake that you need on your diet plan, turning to healthy calorie dense foods will help.
A properly planned diet, be it for weight loss, weight maintenance, or muscle gain is one that helps you feel satisfied, both physically and psychologically while still being comfortable to follow.