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Avoid Being Hungry

Snack often if needed. If hungry, eat large amounts but only of the right kinds of food, principally vegetables and non-fat protein with some fruit. Add back rice, bread, potatoes, pasta or other carbohydrates in modest amounts only when ideal weight is reached.

In this food program, prolonged fasting and hunger should be avoided, since hunger causes loss of food control. Whenever you get hungry, a snack of protein in some form, protein with fruit or protein with vegetables should be eaten. The protein food suppresses appetite and produces satiety at a lower caloric consumption than bulk carbohydrates. For most people it is easy to over eat and consume excessive bulk carbohydrates. However, it is harder and therefore less likely, for most people to over eat protein because it produces a greater sense of fullness and satiety.