Most Diets Suck, but This 1 Diet Will Never Leave You Hungry

We’re all in agreement — most diets suck. They leave you hungry, craving your favorite guilty pleasure snack, and ultimately caving after days of 300-calorie meals and dreams of scarfing down a burger and fries.

There are diets out there that actually encourage you to eat the foods that will leave you feeling full and help you lose weight. This one diet, in particular, is amazing for your metabolism (page 5) and even offers step-by-step instructions to make sure you make the most of your weight loss goals and follow it effectively (page 7). But first, let’s look at why your previous diet attempts may have failed.

Why your diet leaves you starving

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Some diets actually set you up for failure. | iStock.com

Most diets actually set you up to fail, so don’t blame yourself when you end up quitting halfway through. Diets that restrict you to less than 1,200 calories per day, ask you to eliminate entire food groups, or don’t allow indulgences are doomed to fail. Most women need to eat around 1,500 calories per day, and most men need 2,000.

“Being realistic with yourself about what type of nutrition program is right for you is actually one of the keys to long-term success,” says dietician and weight-loss expert Jaime Mass, R.D.

These diets are notorious for being unsatisfying

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A juice or smoothie diet is the wrong way to go. | baibaz/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Yes, if you don’t stick to the guidelines, there’s a solid chance your diet will fail. However, if the diet is too restrictive or unsatisfying, you’re more likely to quit midway than if you feel fulfilled.

“Fad diets” like the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, and a lot of juice cleanses are almost too regimented to work. Like other low-carb diets, water loss accounts for much of the weight loss at the beginning of the Atkins diet. If a diet offers drastic weight loss right away, it’s probably going to be unsatisfying, and definitely too good to be true. “People need to come to terms with that if they’re going to do it right, it will take time,” said Stella Volpe, R.D.

The best diets incorporate this type of food

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Eating lean protein and complex carbs is the key to weight loss. | iStock.com/mikafotostok

Some of the best “diets” aren’t really diets at all. Rather than restricting a ton of whole foods, these plans will regulate your diet on a daily or weekly basis to help you eat healthier and, as a result, lose weight. The best diets incorporate lean proteins, complex carbs, and help you get a handle on your sugar and sodium intake.

You should also have this in your diet to keep you full

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Apples are full of fiber. | YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images

While you don’t want a diet that incorporates too much of anything (the key, as always, is moderation), following a diet with a good amount of fiber is important. According to the Mayo Clinic, high-fiber foods not only provide volume but also take longer to digest, making you feel fuller longer and on fewer calories.

Apples, bananas, potatoes, and dark green vegetables are full of good fiber, providing a low-calorie option that will keep you satisfied. For a quick high-fiber snack, opt for popcorn with light salt.

This diet incorporates it all

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The Whole30 diet will keep you full. | iStock.com/JulijaDmitrijeva

The Whole30 diet helps you explore what food groups are negatively impacting your health and fitness while helping you lose weight. It eliminates the common craving-inducing, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days to let your body “heal and recover” from whatever negative side effects those foods may be causing.

However, it’ll never leave you hungry. While you cut out sugary, processed foods and alcohol, you are focusing on protein-rich foods like meats, fish, eggs, and veggies that will keep you full between meals.

The diet ends cravings, so you won’t overeat

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The diet will help you learn to love what you eat. | iStock.com/Rawpixel Ltd

Two huge perks of following the Whole30? By the end of it, you will have set your metabolism up for success and curved those sugar cravings that lead to bad health and ultimately, weight gain. “Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food … Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life,” Whole30 creator Melissa Hartwig promises.

Through the Whole30 process, you’ll also be working to heal your digestive tract, balance your immune system, increase your energy, improve your mood, help yourself sleep better, and, of course, lose weight.

The diet has a book and journal to help hold you accountable

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You will be able to keep track of your progress. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

The Whole30 diet has users eating moderate portions of real foods with plenty of natural fats and few ingredients. However, you’ll be avoiding added sugar, alcohol, and dairy, among other food groups and processed ingredients. These rules can get a bit confusing, so Hartwig published The Whole30 Day By Day, a companion guide that walks you through the program step-by-step.

It also comes with a journal to keep track of what you eat and how you feel after. This helps you narrow in on what foods could be leading to your low energy, random sleep patterns, or unanticipated weight gain.

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