Hunger and cravings are significant barriers to any meal plan. To counter this, Malkani recommends more high-volume, fluid-containing and low-calorie foods, such as salads, vegetables, soups and fruits. In addition, she recommends eating balanced meals, drinking plenty of water and incorporating high-fiber foods, such as whole grains and legumes.
Equally important is to avoid getting calories from liquids and other low-nutrition and high-calorie foods. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages, including sodas and sugary coffee drinks, and cut back on fried foods, desserts, candies and snack chips. Including these extra calories can really get in the way of your progress. “If you choose to restrict calories, it’s important to make every bite count,” recommends Malkani.