There may be a couple things at play here.... your range may be too low (you've set an aggressive weight loss goal date, for example). Or the types of things you're eating are not keeping you fueled. For example-- potato chips have a bunch of calories but not much nutrition. They'll eat up (pun intended) your calorie range, but will not help you feel full or keep you going for a couple hours. And also, I think when we're first starting out, it may be a better idea not to cut back on the calories drastically. If you were used to eating twice that many calories a day, cutting it in half is a really big change to make suddenly.
And even if you're not allowed to bring food/ drinks into the lab-- surely there's a break room or something? A changing room where you leave your coat and pocketbook? A place you could leave a little cooler or a brown bag with some food in it, and take a break and eat a little something? A couple peanut butter crackers and some grapes. Some almonds and a small apple.
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37 6/17/13 4:43 P
My range is the 1200-1550 and I am very rarely hungry. It's all about eating something small every few hours. For breakfast I'll eat some cereal and then a couple hours later a piece of fruit, then a sandwich or leftovers for lunch, a snack a couple hours later and again right before I workout, then dinner. So I eat basically 6 times a day. I make sure I eat protein and a healthy starch for at least every other meal except dinner, no starches there. I will also eat the Morning Star line sometimes for breakfast and lunch. They REALLY keep me full all day.
Anytime I do find myself hungry, I drink a bottle of water. If I'm still hungry I eat. I'd rather eat a snack early than wait and feel faint or worse.
I agree with Dragonchilde - eat! When I first stated, I set too aggressive a goal and ended up in the 1200-1550 calorie range, which I'm sorry, I just can't do that! I was so hungry at first and decided it just wouldn't work for me. So I set my goal date out a little further, added a few more exercise calories, and ended up in a range that I like much better - 1500-1850.
I don't know what your range is, or what you're eating, but you absolutely shouldn't feel like you're going to faint, or dealing with ongoing hunger pains.
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9,579 6/17/13 2:40 P
You need to EAT. If you're hungry enough that you're feeling faint, then you aren't eating enough to fuel your body's needs. How much are you eating each day? What's your average meals? If you're tracking here on SP, sharing your nutrition trackers will help us provide specific feedback based on what you're actually eating.
You have a lot to lose; the good thing a bout that is that you don't have to cut severely into your intake to lose! What's your range as provided by SP? Are you exercising any?
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17 6/17/13 5:31 A
Hunger is no good and makes you feel out of control when you do eat. I would try to eat protein at every meal to make you feel full longer. Also you could keep a little healthy snack bag in your purse or locker and grab a handful of nuts or dried fruit when you use the restroom. Another thing I try is to have a SMALL snack immediately, when I can, to hold me back from over eating. Example I walk in the door and grab a fruit before I even begin dinner so I can take the edge off my hunger and give my mind time to calm the craving
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743 6/16/13 9:46 P
How do you handle hunger? I hate feeling hungry. Sometimes, between meals at work, I get so hungry that I feel like I'm going to pass out. What are your fighting hunger tips? I work in a microbiology lab. I can't bring food/drinks into the lab.
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