IDK about you, but I think it’s pretty damn unrealistic to follow a diet perfectly—and apparently Hoda Kotb agrees.
A few days ago, Jennifer Lopez challenged the TODAY show coanchor to join her 10-day diet challenge, which forbids sugar and cuts carbs. Hoda was pretty quick to sign up, and even raved about how great she was feeling at the beginning.
But now, in her latest video confessional on the diet, Hoda said she’s freaking hungry. “The only problem with this diet is there’s nothing to eat,” she said. “I’m always starving. Nothing fills you up.” So…she cheated a little.
Hoda said she had fried shrimp dipped in a mayonnaise sauce—but “only had one.” She also “ate a fistful of some kind of cereal that wasn’t even that delicious but I thought it would fill me up,” she said.
“I don’t understand why I’m always starving,” Hoda added. “But Jennifer, I’m with you. I am with you til Super Bowl Sunday.”
Apparently, Hoda’s hunger on the challenge is pretty common—even J.Lo herself admitted that she was feeling hunger pangs during the first few days of the challenge. “So it turns out, when you don’t have sugar and you don’t have carbs, you’re really hungry all the time,” she said in an Instagram Story. That led into J.Lo showing off some of her favorite snacks on the diet so far: cucumbers, red peppers, yellow peppers, tune poke, green beans, canned tuna, and sugar-free Jell-O.
So, to help with Hoda’s hunger, TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer, R.D., stepped in with a one-day meal plan. Here’s what she recommends:
Joy also added: “When you’re feeling hungry between meals, reach for nuts, seeds, nut butters, plus any non-starchy vegetable (think cauliflower, mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, sugar snap peas, carrots, broccoli, etc.).” Sounds pretty doable, TBH.
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