Here is a question for you. What is the problem with being a little hungry? Does it hurt you to wait a bit longer until your next meal? And when you do eat, why should there be an issue with decreasing your portion size as well?
Let us back up a bit. Many people do see a problem with being overweight. You will be hard-pressed to find someone who enjoys being overweight or obese, or feels like there is not anything to be concerned about. Being at an excess weight is not a natural state to us. Even children seem to be puzzled – for reasons they can not understand – when interacting with a peer that is well above a healthy weight. Not to mention being overweight is uncomfortable, both physically and mentally.
On the other hand, many people are quick to make excuses when their eating habits are asked. It is common to see people of all ages attempt to rationalize their bad habits. The most basic explanations often come down to weight loss being too hard. We get it; it is not always easy. If it were, obesity would be an exception in our population. Nobody would be overweight, and we would all be lean. But weight loss is not as painful as it is often made out to be. Usually, it is a matter of mindset and perspective.
So back to our original question. What is wrong with being a little hungry?
If you are not prepared to resist occasional or sometimes frequent spells of mild hunger, then frankly you are not ready to lose weight. It is that simple. Without the will to resist temporary hunger, weight loss is impossible.
Sometimes you might have a satisfying lunch. Then you would just be sleepy while inflating a setback to your weight loss progress. Between that lunch and dinner, you are guaranteed to feel some hunger. When that happens, you need to resist it: the hunger feeling is temporary. Your efforts will be worth it because they will ensure you are creating a caloric deficiency essential for fat loss. As long as you do not overeat at dinner, you will be fine.
Your most effective tool to ensure weight loss progress is learning to temper your hunger. Do not hesitate to resist the urge to eat when you know you should wait a bit longer. Add exercise to the equation, and you are sure to make progress.