Waiting until you’re hungry to eat maybe the worst diet advice ever, says Yoni Freedhoff, author of the US News and Health Report article, “Worst Diet Advice: Only Eat When Hungry.”
Freedhoff documents that proper fitness programs are derailed primarily by hunger. Hunger can bring out the worse behaviors when trying to remain on a steadfast fitness program. Both grocery shopping and dining out can lead to poor choices if done on an empty stomach.
Freedhoff offers tips for assuaging hunger while working through a fitness program:
- Eat a breakfast of between 350 to 450 calories within an hour of waking up, ensuring it includes a minimum of 20 grams of protein.
- Snack every two to three hours between meals; each should include 100 to 150 calories and at least 10 grams of protein.
- Enjoy a lunch and dinner of at least 350 to 450 calories with 20 grams of protein.
- For every 45 minutes of exercise, add an additional 150-calorie snack either right before, during, or immediately afterward.
- Try to craft your day such that you’re never without food for more than six hours.
Is hunger a big factor in your diet?