The dreaded “I want something”
The major hurdle I’ve been struggling with (for a whopping 2 days) on the HCG diet is the “I want something”. I’m not hungry, but I want to be eating something
tasty. It makes me sort of obsess about the next meal or snack. It is exacerbated by the fact that work is terribly boring at the moment, since it is my program off season. So today I changed my strategy, instead of 3 egg whites for breakfast I had a burger with onions and mustard, coffee with stevia and a giant cup of water. I think going from a little caffeine to none at all (and not getting enough sleep- curse you internets!!!) was contributing to my lethargy. To further add to the plan for success I packed a giant cup of ice. See, I love ice. It makes me happy to eat it. The best ice is when it’s soft and porous. I can grab a cube and suck on it (get your minds out of the gutters) and it keeps me satiated and hydrated. Normally by about 9:40 I’d be looking at the clock waiting for 10ish to come so I could have my fruit, but it’s currently 12:19 and I am not hungry and my “want something”‘s are in check (although I am almost out of ice. Good thing I brought a ziplock bag for refills).
Like most diets (or healthy eating habits in general) 80% of it is mental. You have to listen to what your body is telling you. Mine tells me 1) you like to drink (I probably drink my 1/2 my weight in ounces of just water a day.), 2) your mouth needs to be doing something, 3) you need sensations (bold flavors, texture, crunch, cold), 4) you can mindlessly snack if you aren’t careful. Understanding these things has allowed me to make adjustments to this very restrictive, yet effective plan, before I fail.