I really tire of people telling me I can “cheat” on my low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet once in a while without any consequences. Doing that last year caused me to gain back 15 pounds I’d lost over the past three years. I know how my body works. If I have one donut, I want more and I usually get them.
Eating a little of something only causes me to get hungrier. Thankfully, a recent report explains why that is for me and for all of us, really. Time recently ran 9 Foods That Make You Hungrier.
The nine include the usual culprits — potato chips, bread, crackers, cookies, cake (all the good stuff). But it also made the very important point that “eating a small portion of anything—especially if you’re close to a mealtime—is probably going to goose your appetite, not mellow it out.”
That’s why a low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar lifestyle has to be an all or nothing affair. Get it all out, or as close to all as possible, and don’t look back.
Cutting sugar is the toughest for me and is what caused me to backslide last year, I know. So stay strong and when you feel hungry, know it’s the price to pay for not hurting your heart or other organs by eating too much salt, fat and sugar.