Metamucil 'can' help, but if you are on medication or have certain conditions, you need to check, because (here at least) it may need to be taken a different time to meds. Also, my Dietitian told me that when you are eating low calories, as in trying to lose weight, there is another which is lower in calories, and can be taken regardless of medication or medical condition.
This is one of the reasons why it pays to check with your Dr or Dietitian first.
Hi Severina....You got some really good advice here...I thought I would add.....I found myself in a similar situation...eating fiber but still having difficulty and losing weight slowly....I find that Regularly drink sugar free metamucil...2to3 times per week....REALLY helps! You do get used to it! Best wishes on your journey...I also find that I cannot lose weight at all....unless I walk at least 30 minutes a day.....I have a really slow metabolism so I totally understand your frustration.....Hang in there...keep trying, sparking,tracking, journaling,and learning....You will get healthier!
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5,426 10/9/13 6:27 A
Hi, when it comes to my fiber intake, I get between 25-35g daily, which is what SP recommends. I have my nutrition tracker set up to track my fiber, too.
My water jug holds 48 ounces of water, and I fill it 2-3 times in a day.
As for exercise, I do at least 10 minutes a day right now. I know this isn't a lot, but I'm very out of shape and just starting out. I either ride a stationary bike, use the Gazelle, or walk. Lately it's been the bike exclusively.
O.K..... you aren't eating out of hunger, so it will either be boredom, stress, habit or addiction.
If it is boredom, try to find something else to do that will take your mind off food and putting your hand to your mouth. If you have time, read the articles on SP - there are some great ones that deal with times like this.
Finding a hobby is good, particularly if one involves some form of exercise.
If you are suffering from stress, then deal with that. Sometimes it might be because a person has taken on too much. If that is the case, then make a list of all that you do. Then put them all in order - the most important at the top and work your way down. Cross of those that aren't necessary, and some you may be able to do less often.
If the stress is for other reasons, you may need to talk with a Therapist about it, so you can be given the tools to deal with future issues.
As far as your bowel habits are concerned, are you getting enough healthy fats into your diet? You mention that you drink about 2 jugs of water a day, but a jug can be very small or very large. It would be helpful to know the quantity. Sometimes a little more fluid is needed, and also physical activity helps, so if you aren't particularly active, try going for regular walks. Are you on any medication? Some medications can alter our bowel habits, too! You don't mention what your actual fibre intake is like - some people 3-4 fruits/veges a day is loads, and some eat lentils but it may only be around a tablespoon, and think it's lots. I eat a VERY high fibre diet - generally a minimum of 42g daily. If I don't I suffer big-time. Sometimes there are certain gastro conditions that can cause these issues, too. Again, your Dr is the best to talk with about this possibility.
If the above doesn't work, then talk with your Dr. All laxatives aren't equal - it depends on the cause. There are other things you can use apart from laxatives, too, but your Dr is the best source of information as it applies to you and your health. Your Dr will be able to arrange any tests if he/she deems it necessary, and also could refer you to a Registered Dietitian to help you. If you take that course of action, make sure that you weigh all of your food and enter it all into the Nutrition Tracker. Take some print-outs so that he/she is able to help you more.
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hmmm I don't know but because you said.... "It's not that I'm hungry all the time; it's that I want to eat even when I'm satisfied physically." .... it makes me think you are not eating out of hunger but for some other reason.
Now as for that reason there are probably 1001 of those. Are you bored? Sometimes for me I find myself mindlessly eating because I think, not consciously but unconsciously "There is nothing else to do." I find my hand putting something in my mouth but if i stop and think of how my body is feeling at that moment. Sometimes I'm shocked to find I'm actually full!! In that case I put it down and quickly find something to occupy my mind.
Also you may want to ask yourself what your feeling. LOL I used to think of feeling as the dreaded F word and thankfully I'm much more comfortable with feelings than I used to be but sometimes I literally tried to stuff uncomfortable thought or feeling away with food.
Good luck and keep trying no matter what. The only true failure is ti quit trying,
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5,426 10/8/13 11:47 A
It's not that I'm hungry all the time; it's that I want to eat even when I'm satisfied physically. I drink probably 2 jugs of water each day, and my fiber counts have been in-range. But, as for the fiber, I think I may be getting too much. I've been having to take stool softeners and laxatives just to be able to go poop, and even then it hurts to go. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, lentils, meats, yogurt, wheat breads (rarely), etc. I'm stumped! Maybe old habits die hard.
10/8/13 11:10 A
Just a thought . . . you may have already figured out the issue, but what I also like to look at is whether I am really hungry for food or if I am trying to escape some feelings at some level.
But when sometimes when I've been exercising more, my metabolism just shoots up in a healthy way and my body legitimately needs more food.
Best wishes--you'll figure it out, I'm sure. It's a journey we're all on together.
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10/8/13 10:40 A
I too went to peak at your food diary. When someone tells me they are ravenous or insatiable, I wonder what they've been eating. Are you eating foods that are high in fiber ? Fiber is sating and helps keep a person full for longer. So, when someone tells me they are hungry, I wonder if they are eating enough high fiber foods like fresh fruit and veggies. Do you eat 6-9 servings each and every day ? If not, eating more servings will help keep you full for longer.
Are you eating enough protein ? Foods that are high in protein also help keep a person full. Example, eating hummus with toasted pita wedges or carrots is a nice high fiber snack. Having some grilled chicken with your leafy green salad is a way to get some protein.
Could you tell us what you've been eating ? The more we know, the better we can help. Also, are you drinking enough water ? Some times hunger isn't really hunger, but thrist. You may be thristy.
Just a few thoughts.
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10/8/13 6:49 A
Hopefully the crisis has passed by now, but I wanted to offer a few suggestions. We all have those days when we just can't seem to stop eating! Or more typically for me it's that I can't stop snacking. Eventually I realize that the constant munching on grapes, few nuts, couple crackers, piece of cheese, on and on definitely add up to a meal and a meal is so much more satisfying. Now if I find myself in that mode, I make a sandwich and go ahead and eat it, with a cup of soup even better. While it might not be on track, it adds up to less calories in the long run and allows me to move away from the refrigerator. Then I get my body moving, I feel better about my behavior and get back on track.
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Try having a fruit or veggie with some protein or fat - like apples and peanut butter or celery and peanut butter. How about a little bit of cheese with an apple? A small snack like that might help fill you up. Also - water!! Or tea (decaf tea though) is also a good option. You could just be thirsty and not hungry...
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