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E1DIABL0 SparkPoints: (1,102)
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12/8/13 7:54 A

I also used to be constantly hungry.
I thought I had a slow metabolism, and that I put on weight easily.
I had to constantly monitor my diet.
Since then, I started strength training, and I discovered leangains.
I now exercise half as much as I used to. I eat as much as I want to satify my hunger (and we are talking significant quantities here; in excess of 3000kcal a day), and I don't put on.
My body fat %age is as low as it's ever been, probably around 10%, and I realized that you can break away from the tyranny of dieting and counting calories: you just have to find what works for you...

SANDRACOLATO SparkPoints: (9,996)
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12/8/13 2:04 A

I agree with JANNILACEY, you are really close to your goal and it might be a mix of anxiety and the changes that your body is going trough. Slowly add more filling foods and you will see the difference! It might be that you are just too eager to get to your last goal (which is great!) and you are not giving your body time to adjust everything that is necessary for your new lifestyle.



JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,176)
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12/7/13 7:49 A

The other thing to consider is that it appears you're only 10 lbs from you goal weight. This would be the perfect time to start slowly increasing your calorie range for a smooth transition to maintenance. Be sure you're not creating too large of a calorie deficit at this point. Speaking from experience, it's best to go for a slower weight loss in the last 10-20 lbs. I was absolutely ravenous in my last 10 lbs. After a substantial weight loss, your hunger hormones (leptin and gherlin) get out of whack. These hormones are the main reason so many people gain the weight back (and more!) after losing weight. It is vital now that you are eating as clean as possible and low calorie foods that are *filling*, ie; high in fiber, protein and getting adequate fats. I agree with Russell and Bunnykicks that balance in meals is important, you need some fibrous carbs, fat and protein in every meal and snack. Cut out any unnecessary calories and put all your cals toward food that will help with satiety.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/6/13 10:42 P

I would tend to agree with everything posted, except the fiber bars. Many of them are basically candy bars, with added fiber ( which you need ), so they cause hunger in many people, myself included. I actually loved Fiber Plus bars, and kept trying to fit them into my diet, but they caused me to have cravings. Many a cheat meal, after having a fiber bar.

Of course this a may not be an issue for you, so you might want to give it a try, but you could get the fiber from other sources, say a cup of raspberries, which has almost as much fiber as the fiber bar.

I especially agree with what Bunnykicks said. Pay attention to the foods that you eat. Sometimes, it is just a different combination of foods that can end hunger, or cause cravings, even if basically the same macros, and calories.

ANARIE Posts: 12,488
12/6/13 10:33 P

In addition to the foods people have already mentioned, look at your sleep habits. Lack of sleep messes up your balance of leptin and ghrelin, the "hunger hormones." Getting enough sleep can sometimes lead to weight loss all on its own.

ADRIGETSFIT Posts: 171
12/6/13 7:16 P

Make sure you're getting enough protein, fiber, and healthy fats. When I first lost weight I was taking phentermine (doctor prescribed) for appetite control. It helped with hunger to some extent, but I couldn't just eat my normal junk food constantly and be successful. I didn't learn how to eat the proper way and then gained everything back. The downsides well outweighed the good with the phentermine. It made me shaky, angry, and have a racing pulse (all of what made me quit taking it). I'm learning to actually eat healthy and filling while cutting calories and I feel much better.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,176)
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12/6/13 6:22 P

Whole foods, avoid heavily processed, refined foods. Eat plenty of protein, healthy fats and get enough fiber. Eat clean.

SAMMI-SAM SparkPoints: (26,311)
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12/6/13 5:43 P

Fiber one bars are a great snack & don't leave u hungry-

SANDRACOLATO SparkPoints: (9,996)
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12/6/13 5:32 P

NONE of those things will help you at all! The big trick that I can give you goes in the line of what everyone else has said: fruits, vegetables, protein of good source and fats (nuts and the like)…

I tried those pills for 3 months some years ago, the only thing they did was to increase my desperation and sadness about my body (things like: "Im drinking the pills, why stopped to work? Am I really that bad?)…. I wouldn't wish to my worst enemy that… Please don't take the pills!

Also you might be hungry for stress, going to the gym really helps a lot and gives you a state of relaxation!

Hope it helps.

Regards!

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,452
12/6/13 4:46 P

OTC junk isn't going to solve your problem.

What do you eat everyday? Want to share your tracker so we can give better advice?

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
12/6/13 4:14 P

None.

So far as I know, the only "appetite suppressants" that have any actual documented evidence of "working" are a couple of recently introduced prescription medications, which you could ask a doctor about.

Other than that, I find the best way of dealing with "excessive hungry-ness" is to take a close look at just WHAT you are eating. For example, I used to eat an awful lot of junky "refined carbs" - cakes and cookies and candy and chips, and (to be healthy ha ha) cold cereal. And lots of other starchy carbs - White rice, white pasta, potatoes, french fries. All these things metabolize so fast! You can eat but never feel you've gotten enough. These days I eat very little refined starch/sugar, and a whole lot more "complex carbohydrates" (beans, legumes, WHOLE grains, vegetables, fruits) and a whole lot more protein (particularly at breakfast - it's eggs or yogurt now, not cheerios or froot loops), and it was like a miracle, like having found that mystical quick-fix pill we all seek! With changes to my food choices alone, the never-filling-empty-hole of 24/7 Ravenous Hunger, all but closed up. Sure, i get hungry still, when it's been awhile since eating - but the days of the desperation eat-the-house-down-must-find-food-now-and-
will-consume-anything-and-everything-o
n-sight? It's gone.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,703
12/6/13 4:11 P

Over the Counter supplements are a waste of money and basically a big scam. Save your money.

Begin by looking at the quality of your diet and your food selections.

If you make your nutrition tracker public, we may be able to give more helpful tips. Let me know if you need the steps to do this.

What is your calorie intake?
Are you getting at least 60 grams of protein daily?
Are you getting at least 20 grams of fiber through food selections daily?
Are you using whole grains (not refined, processed grains)?
Are you getting 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies daily??

Becky
your SP Registered Dietitian

JFUGATE1216 SparkPoints: (18,874)
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12/6/13 4:05 P

What foods or OTC products can I buy, would you suggest, or have you tried WITH SUCCESS to curb your appetite?

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