Originally Posted by Lioness
Your body may be breaking down fat for energy. But I know from experience, this doesn't reduce hunger and cravings. One has to rely on will power. Very hard to do for an extended period of time.
Which is why my main advice is to find something pleasurable and focus on it. The hunger mechanism is primarily psychological until the person reaches a low bodyfat level. If you take away all flavor from an overweight person's diet for example, they will automaticaly start eating less than 500 calories a day until they are at a normal weight. That is because they do not eat out of hunger, but out of a mix of boredom and habit. The so-called hunger does go away as the body adjusts to the new eating habit, until it is no longer a sustainable habit (they have already burned off their excess energy stored in their fat cells and the body is afraid of reaching actual starvation).
Have you actually had lasting success with a low-cal diet yourself?