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5,092 12/18/12 10:55 P
I've kind of run into the same problem lately. Even though I reached my goal weight in May, about a month ago I started strength training A LOT more, and I find myself eating almost every hour. Some days I have a big snack, which most people would consider a big meal, in the afternoon a few hours before dinner, and I still eat a full dinner. Haha, so you're not alone!
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12/18/12 10:29 P
Thank you everyone for your responses. I guess it's just a matter of getting used to a new body and what that body needs to be healthy.. it is not the same any more :) which is good!
how did you get to that 1800 as maintenance number and are you actually maintaining at that number? keep in mind that sparkpeople uses what are ultimately averages, so you could be a little over or a little under where it thinks you should be. and what are you using to make up the 500 cals that you weren't eating before? if you have been using it as a bit of a place to have all the stuff you were skipping when losing, then you're simply not eating stuff that is filling you up. try to make sure that the 500 former deficit calories that you are eating now run more to a few extra ounces of protein, a few more cups of veggies, slightly larger oil portions, in other words, what you were eating before, just scaled up 20%. and i would say to pay special attention to what you're eating and how long it is actually keeping you full. and when you find a meal that is subpar, either tweak it to be a more filling meal or replace it entirely.
Were you not strength training while losing weight? If not, and you've just started, yes, it could be from that. If your training is promoting muscle growth, your body will be seeking excess calories which 1800 probably isn't going to give it. You don't have to give your body the extra calories, and you can do strength training without eating for muscle growth, and your body will stop asking for the extra food eventually (as in, 2-3 weeks). I do very intense strength training and I'm in a caloric deficit all the time and I'm not hungry any more but I was in the beginning.
It may be worth it to have your BMR / body fat professionally tested to get a baseline. I believe that those of us who have been overweight in the past (especially if we were overweight for many years) do not fit into the standard formulas. Personally I think my lean mass is higher than the "expected" amount due to years and years of carrying extra weight. I don't know your weight and height but the average woman maintains on around 2000 calories/day so you could well be in weight loss mode still.
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12/17/12 9:49 P
Hoping I can get some insight here. I recently hit my goal weight, so I started to wean myself off the "diet" and back to eating about the same as my BMR + exercise. I went from eating about 1300 kcal to about 1800 (over a few weeks), but even though that's a lot more than before, I am always hungry! All day I want to eat food. I have a really big healthy breakfast and plenty of (healthy) snacks, a decent lunch and dinner, but it's like nothing really fills me up - it isn't sweets I want, it's just another breakfast or another chicken breast at dinner. When I was eating 1300 kcal a day, I didn't feel like this, I felt fine.
I have started to focus more on strength training. Could that be it? I've noticed I am a lot more muscular than before so maybe I am underestimating my BMR. I weighed myself the other day and it looks like I lost a few more pounds since the "end" of my "diet". Anyway, thank you for reading and please reply if you have anything to share or suggestions :) I appreciate it.
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