How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hungry

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Experts Reveal: 15 Small Diet Changes for Weight Loss

Two things you might not know about me: I love to eat, and I hate feeling hungry! I used to think these qualities ruined my chance for weight-loss success. Luckily I was wrong, and I've learned that feeling hungry is more than just no fun; it’s not healthy and can actually make it harder to lose weight.

The Secret to Losing Weight for Good
You don't have to follow a strict diet plan to lose extra pounds and keep them off. In fact, the best strategy is very straightforward: Fill up on nutrient-dense foods throughout the day. Rather than focusing on how much you’re eating, it’s much more effective to watch what you’re eating. It's almost impossible to overeat if your plate is filled with high-fiber, nutrient-packed foods.

I made the shift from calorie counting (and constant frustration) to filling up and leaning out (without counting calories) by adopting a vegan lifestyle. By eliminating animal products from my diet, I was able to make lasting positive changes in my life, including weight loss, increased energy, better complexion, improved athletic performance (beach volleyball), and relief of all digestive problems. To top it off, every meal I eat tastes amazing and leaves me completely satisfied.

How to Get Started
Drastically changing your diet overnight can seem overwhelming (and rarely leads to lasting change), so take it one step at a time. Start with one food substitution and slowly add in others. As my friend and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Freston, says, "Leaning in is about setting an intention for what you want, and then nudging yourself ever so gently in that direction, even if getting there seems impossible… It’s all about crowding out, not cutting out."

Here are a few simple swaps to get more plant-based foods into your diet:
Instead of: Dairy milk
Drink more: Almond, rice, hemp, soy, or coconut milk (unsweetened)

Instead of: Meat
Eat more: Beans, legumes, tempeh, or non-GMO tofu

Instead of: Cheese
Eat more: Hummus, olive oil and balsamic (with veggies), baba ganoush

Instead of: Eggs
Eat more: Plant-based protein shakes, almond butter, oatmeal

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