You should expect to feel hungry when you're losing weight. Right?

To the contrary. In fact, depriving yourself to the point where you feel hungry actually jeopardizes your chances for weight-loss success. By skipping meals or eating too little, it's almost inevitable that you'll overeat later.

Don't focus your attention on how little you can eat. Just try not to let yourself get hungry in the first place. There are plenty of ways to limit your calorie intake without getting hungry. A few rules of thumb:

  • Eat a small meal every 3 to 4 hours (rather than 3 larger meals).
  • Choose high-fiber foods, such as whole-grain breads, fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink a lot of water. The standard recommendation is 8 glasses a day; if you're working out, be sure to drink more.