One downside to losing weight is that you might be hungrier than usual until you figure out the best ways to fuel your body. According to the Cleveland Clinic, in order to lose weight, you typically have to eat fewer caloriesâ€”and/or burn more caloriesâ€”than what you need. If you’re not doing that the ideal wayâ€”as in eating a healthy, well-rounded dietâ€”you’re going to be left hungry, grumpy, and unsatisfied. That’s because “decreased food intake equals increased ghrelin (a hormone that makes you hungry) and decreased leptin (a hormone that makes you feel full),” according to Miami-based registered dietitian Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RD, LD/N, nutrition consultant for RSP Nutrition.
If you’re on an unhealthy diet and trying to lose weight too quickly, you might set yourself back both physically and mentally. “It causes rampant hunger and therefore food obsession, anxiety around food, overthinking meals and foods, and guilt, anxiety, and shame surrounding food,” she says. That’s why it’s so important to lose weight the right way. And whatever you do on your weight loss journey, make sure you avoid these 40 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Terrible Advice.