Hungry Girl’s 4-Week Plan to Drop 10 Pounds

This big-portion diet offers tasty recipe swaps for all your favorite meals that cut calories and fat but not flavor.

Hungry Girl’s 4-Week Plan to Drop 10 Pounds

Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien has an all-new plan to help you lose weight! Her big-portion diet offers tasty recipe swaps for all your favorite meals that cut calories and fat but not flavor. Learn how you can integrate her simple rules into your daily regimen with this plan.

Rule #3: Indulge in Guilt-Free Snacks

There is no harm in snacking, if you do it the right way. Eating three high-fiber, protein-rich snacks a day can actually help to curb your appetite and keep your metabolism moving smoothly.

Swap any empty calories for these 100-calorie snacks:
Snack-tastic Butternut Fries
Perfect Pizza-bella
Chocolate-Chip Stuffed Strawberries

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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