I find that I feel hungry sooner after certain meals. If I eat a fast food combo meal, I'm sure to feel hungry again within a couple of hours. Same if I eat pancakes with no meat as part of the meal. When I do a fast food "junk" meal, a rare treat indeed, I make sure that I plan on drinking lots of water afterwards.
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301 7/9/13 9:13 A
When I was losing weight, I was hungry all the time, especially when waking up. Now I'm gaining (not purposely, just stress and a bad schedule leading to bad choices), and I'm not hungry all the time. Apparently, being hungry is a good sign for me! LOL!
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4,388 7/9/13 8:25 A
Yes. But I drink tea and ignore it. Or eat a rice cake, slowly.
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7/9/13 8:18 A
7/8/13 5:17 P
ha! indeed. WIshing sparkpeople had a "like" option =0)
Ha! good point. I just read it automatically as looking for advice about feeling hungry. Ahem.
7/8/13 4:51 P
Note: I'm not at all trying to say what you are doing is wrong. All people are different, and we all have to do what works. I just found it interesting that this thread seemed to start at what I read as a celebration that "hey look, I'm feeling something I've not felt in YEARS," and immediately folks responded with tips to try to avoid ever feeling hungry.
Today I ate lunch before I felt any sort of urge because it was what worked—I had meeting that usually go 2+ hours starting just after 11. Tonight we'll eat dinner at a particular point because we have somewhere to be this evening. When I was pregnant, I ate every two hours to avoid the worst of the nausea (although, let's face it -- after a certain point I did feel hungry all the time -- even during the times when all food sounded awful).
All that to say, I'm not critiquing at all. Just found it interesting.
If I wait until I "feel hungry" it IS so hungry that I could eat a horse before I notice it.
Should I be paying more attention? Maybe, but I often don't have time to. I get busy, I get involved in my work and barely notice people wandering by my desk. I sit down with a book and suddenly it's 3 hours later and I'm ravenous.
I also tend to drink a lot of water throughout the day which prevents that empty stomach feeling.
It's really just much easier to eat the way I do - avoiding hunger. I figure it's a bit like thirst. I've read that by the time you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated. By the time I feel hungry, I should've already had something to eat.
My hunger is almost exculsivly mental. I'm just used to eating a lot, and "diet" is always about "oh, you can't eat this". So i have had to learn to do other "games" with myself (healthy ones) to get past that.
It's always good to journal, so you know if you are dealing with body hunger or head hunger.
It sounds like yours is more body, though. others have had great suggestiosn!
7/8/13 4:25 P
It's the "hey, meal time!" nudge I'm referring to, not the "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse or 5" feeling. I feel the "hey, I could eat the world" feeling often when overeating. It is the true nudge of hunger that seems important for me to listen to now.
7/8/13 12:35 P
I used to feel "hungry" all the time - I could eat a 2000-calorie fast food binge of a lunch... and still be panicking-hungry in the moments leading up to dinner.
Then I changed how I ate, and stopped with the fast-food and extreme focus on processed starchy carbs... and that crazed sort of "hunger" feeling - went away.
It took me QUITE a long time before i started to recognize a different sort of feeling looming upon me when I hadn't eaten for awhile. My goodness... it's... it's..... True Hunger. Not a scarey panicky shaky grab-anything desperation... just a little poking reminder "time for your next meal!" It's quite a different sensation altogether, and one that I swear I had not felt for 5 years (at least). I guess whatever I had thought was hunger before, was more related to my body trying to cope with spiking-and-falling blood sugar levels that resulted from all those simple carbs!
Yes, I did start getting hungry more often, and yes, it's a couple hours after eating. That's actually why I've struggled with eating healthier. Then I found the Abs Diet a couple of years ago. (I hate the name of it and I'm not really a big diet book person. But I picked up a women's health magazine and in it, they had a month of the Abs Diet for women. I told my husband we were going to do it for a week and that was it. Only it worked and so I mostly kept doing it)
Aaaaanyway :) What I learned from that is that I need snacks. I used to be a binge eater and if I get too hungry, it's not good for me. So I try to eat SOMETHING every 3 hours or so. I eat 5x a day. 3 meals (lighter than I used to) and 2 snacks (usually a carb and a protein). The snacks are perfect and stave off the hunger so long as I eat them per schedule rather than waiting until I feel hungry.
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You mention not always getting to your protein range - that could actually be why you feel hungry. The other thing is, even tho' you might be eating enough, as in calories, it may be that you need some small filling snacks between your meals. I do this often, and they are accounted for in my day. I just have slightly lower-calorie main meals. You might even find that 1 hard-boiled egg and a piece of fruit are enough to do the trick. Even 1/2 egg a.m. and the other half later in the day!
And in answer to your question " Does anyone else get hungry more often now?" .... YES - I felt this way a lot to start with and discovered I HAD to increase my healthy fats (I had always eaten a very low fat diet) and also increase my protein. I have found that altho' I have protein from beans and lentils, I needed to increase my meat protein because the other sources of the nutrient were still leaving me a bit hungry. When I mentioned this to my Dietitian at my last visit, she told me that some people NEED more meat for that reason. (Just make sure it isn't processed meat.)
I suspect this unnatural hunger is a good thing, it means your metabolism is picking up. There are no bad metabolisms, just crabby ones, lol.
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1,228 7/7/13 10:26 P
If you're not always reaching your protein goals, try getting a bit more of it into your day. Eat some natural PB with an apple/carrots/celery as a snack. Hard-boil some eggs for a snack or salad topper (yum!). Protein will help you feel fuller for longer :)
7/7/13 2:28 P
Thank you all so much! This has been really helpful.
Joyfocus - I think you're right. I'll definitely try your suggestions - my guess is that will help substantially. And thank you for the article, I'll check it out right now
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7/7/13 1:03 P
A work buddy of mine and I were talking about this not long ago! We had both discovered something similar. The Standard American Diet (SAD) that the Spark Solution book talks about is long on fat, which helps you feel full longer. If you're eating less fat than you used to, then you will need to refuel more often. If your snack is broccoli and carrots rather than cheese and crackers, it's going to make a difference in when you want to eat again. Fat isn't evil, it's necessary and useful, but there is no doubt that the SAD is too full of it.
You might try making sure you spread your intake of healthy fats out throughout the day, making sure you get some with each snack while staying within your spark people suggested range. It may increase your satiety and help you last a little longer between fuel stops. You have said that you're meeting the fat goals, but maybe you could shift the times you're eating it and space it out more regularly.
(edit) Hey, you might want to check this out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrit ion_articles.asp?id=1436 It has useful information about feeling hungry and rating your level, as well as telling the difference between actual hunger and cravings.
Edited by: JOYFOCUS at: 7/7/2013 (13:08)
7/7/13 11:39 A
sounds like in the past you may have been more thirsty then hungry. at least for me if I get dehydrated I become grumpy and tired!!
yes I get hungry every few hours, but I actually lose weight better if I eat a small meal (or big snack) that often. one thing that really makes a difference for me is having protein for breakfast. If I don't have protein, I'm "starving" the rest of the day.
7/6/13 7:34 P
Awesome! I like to space out meals / snacks to eat a little every couple of hours. And I know from bloodwork that I'm eating as I should. If you know you are eating in good ranges, then by all means celebrate that you are no longer eating just to be eating but are actually eating because you are hungry!
Just a thought, but if you've never had the "stomach" indicators of hunger before, maybe that's not what it is now. If you've just recently started changing your diet to include more veggies, fruits, and whole grains then it would likely add up to a fairly hefty increase in the amount of fibre that you're eating. It's not unusual at all for a body to take a few weeks to get used to an increase in fibre, and to "tell" you that it's learning to work on it with some pangs and pains and gas....
With the timing being a couple of hours after eating, it really sounds possible that this is what it might be.
If this is the case, then it should settle down after a few weeks, and increasing water intake can help it along, too.
7/6/13 3:14 P
Oh, I'm not hungry constantly, just a few hours after eating. I actually just assumed it was normal (haha)
I'm definitely eating enough, according to the nutrition tracker here. I am in the calorie, fat and carb range every day. The only one I don't always reach is protein, but I'm usually pretty good usually.
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9,707 7/6/13 2:29 P
What exactly are you eating? If you're getting hungry that soon, there's a couple of t hings that may be at work. It's not the way it's "supposed to be" to have constant hunger. You should be full and sated. :)
You might not be getting enough healthy fats and proteins to keep you full. You also may not be eating enough overall. What's your calorie range, and how much are you actually eating? Are you tracking here on Sparkpeople?
7/6/13 1:22 P
So this is going to sound strange, probably, but in the past I have never felt the physical sensation of hunger. I mean this literally. When I don't eat I get grouchy or tired, but I don't feel hunger in my stomach or anything. My mother and grandmother are the same way.
Anyway, this isn't important. My point is, that now that I'm eating much more fruits&veggies, and much less bread&cheese (haha), I actually feel hungry an hour or two after I eat.
My exercise routine has been.... nonexistent, so it's not that!
Anyone have any similar experiences? I just thought it was pretty funny/interesting
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