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One other trick: are you spacing your eating out throughout the day? If you eat a small but decent breakfast...and plan and eat a healthy snack (15g carb & some protein) for 2-3 hours later; ditto for lunch and an afternoon snack... it might help. Remember that the carb is digested almost immediately, then the proteins and fats...so combining them keeps your body fueled for longer.
Also, don't go with the mistaken belief that you always have to eat at the very bottom of your range or you won't lose. Simply not so!! So I agree with a previous poster who suggested eating more initially, and maybe stepping down your calories by increments. Especially if it is a very great change in what/how much eating you are doing!
hang in thar...there are a lot of us who also went through changing our lives and habits. You CAN Do This Too!! patti
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75 6/27/13 2:40 P
I'm going to agree with everyone on here. Additionally...EAT THE FRUIT!
Fruit saves my butt on a daily basis. You can eat a cup of strawberry slices for like 50 calories. A whole medium apple is less than 100 cal, and even a medium banana is right around 100-110. I eat veggies too, but I like fruit. It's easy to carry around in my bag for when I need a quick snack. There's other good snacks out there...don't get me wrong, but fruit has been the best for me (as far as taste and convenience go) thus far.
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152 6/27/13 1:21 P
Drink water, it helps. I know, some days I feel that way and no matter what I eat, I'm just feeling hungry. I also have days where I don't eat much and feel fine.
Just know you will survive that day and be back to normal the next day. If you feel light headed, that's another matter, eat something healthy. But it will pass.
You have good advice here. Especially YOJULEZ. Not seeing what you eat does make it difficult, but if you are eating a variety of whole foods it will keep you fuller longer. Good luck!
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2,171 6/27/13 11:03 A
In addition to the good advice you've had already, I would also say that if you're going from a really high amount of calories to something much lower, you're going to be hungry. I went from 3000+ a day straight down to 1200. It sucked. I was hungry. Thankfully at the time I lived alone and worked from home so my hunger wrath wasn't taken out on too many people LOL But, eventually, I got used to eating less and I wasn't hungry all the time anymore. Some folks don't do it that way ("cold turkey" if you will), so they gradually decrease their calories... maybe by 200 a day for a week, then another 200, etc etc until they get down to where they need to be.
Without knowing what you're eating, it's really hard to make suggestions. You might want to create a SparkPage and make your tracker public if you want some better suggestions.
Just some really rough rules-of-thumb, though, are that veggies are the most filling for the least calories (since you can eat a ton of them for few calories), but that protein and healthy fat are the most satiating (keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer). Some folks, on the other hand, find that high fibre items (whole grains and berries) are the best for feeling satisfied.
What I did when I first started was to go through the message boards and check out the shared nutrition trackers of folks who seemed to have the same attitude towards food as I do. I learned a lot about meal spacing, types of foods, and what kinds of recipes to look for to make the food taste great (flavour is a major thing for me to be satisfied - if it doesn't taste great, then I'm looking for more or something else).
You are correct to evaluate what you spend your calories on. Veggies & fruits are good, so is making sure you get enough protein. Many things we eat carry us for a while, other things are empty calories and taste good but do not last!
It is also good to evaluate the "starving" condition. Are you unusually hungry? Mornings are supposed to involve hunger after you have fasted all night. Is the hunger truly your body needing fuel or is your mind telling you that you only ate "so much" yesterday and you MUST be hungry today to make up for it? All of these things can be a part of your journey. And it is a journey! As you do things each day you will discover what satisfies your body without overindulging and you will get an amazing amount of education and encouragement on Sparkpeople!
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3 6/27/13 9:52 A
I stayed within the high end of my calories yesterday but this morning I'm starving. Any suggestions on how to get the most out of my calories??
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