1500ish calories is probably not enough calories for a man of his height/weight. Heck, it's not even enough for me, and I'm a 5'10" female - I'm hungry on anything less than about 1650, and generally aim for closer to 1900. My DH is also 5'10", he eats over 2k daily.
In general, if your body is saying you're hungry - you should feed your body.
So I guess your question is...Why is my friend experiencing extreme hunger?
Could be related to: --calorie intake --protein intake --fiber intake --not enough high volume, low calorie food like: fruits and veggies, broth based soups, low calorie salads, etc
A personal SP account needs to be set up so needs can be determined based on the person's weight plan, daily activity and exercise. Unless food is measured and tracked; you do not have the data you need to determine the cause or causes of hunger.
Bunny- We both thought that, perhaps, a food diary post (since he doesn't track on Sparkpeople) would be a good idea, but he didn't feel like typing it all up, so I agreed to do it for him. I was not aware that he had a thread going.
Although, I could be talking about an entirely different friend.
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The first thing that strikes me is that breakfast is only 140 calories. Assuming a dinner eaten around 7, that's a fast of 12+ hours that he's breaking with less than 200 calories. I'd add something like oatmeal to get the total closer to 300 calories. Also, the snacks are a bit on the carby side, maybe moving towards something like cheese or nuts might be helpful in staying full longer.
Now, I am posting this on behalf of my friend while he's at work (since it's just easier for me to type this up right now).
He is 22 years old, around 5' 10" and weighs over 200 pounds (he's lost about 15 pound or so). Currently, he works at a grocery store 5-6 days a week (on his feet, moving around most of the day).
We're both doing Weight Watchers together, but over the past couple weeks, his hunger has been out of control. When eats a meal, it feels like he hasn't eaten in hours, and we're trying to figure out why.
Now, he is not super skilled in the kitchen (and also dislikes dealing with raw meat, etc.) and between that and working 40+ hours a week, he often doesn't feel like he has the time/energy to cook meals from scratch.
Because WW does not count fruit/veggies (they are 0 points), he doesn't track them, but I know he likes things like baby carrots, bananas, grapefruit, oranges, etc.
Breakfast: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch: Store made Chef Salad 1/2 package of pretzel M&Ms (chocolate craving)
Snacks: 2 cups 479 Degree Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn 1 Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin
Breakfast: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch: Healthy Choice Ravioli Florentine Marinara Campbells Soup at Hand Chicken and Stars
Dinner: Panera Chopped Chicken Cobb salad with Avocado
Snacks: Ideal Protein Soy Crisps 1 Package Black and White Cookies from Starbucks Venti Unsweetened Iced Tea Lemonade from Starbucks
Off the top of my head, I feel the biggest problems are a lot of convenience/processed foods AND some of the meal timing. I know that he gets to work at 6:30/7AM, but often doesn't eat breakfast until his first break after 10AM. I also know that he really doesn't have time to have more than a protein shake in the morning (he can't bring himself to get up any earlier than he already does). He is still hungry around the same time whether he drinks the protein shake or not, so he usually just skips it.
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