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Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
46,222 3/21/12 6:15 P
Congrats on your weight loss!
Hunger is your body's cue of telling you it needs fuel and experts state that one of the biggest factors to knocking us off track is allowing ourselves to get to hungry. So you may need to review your food journals and make sure you are including some healthy fats, as well as protein with your meals and snacks. And don't forget to allow yourself an occasional indulgence from time to time. Remember it was that once in a blue moon treat that caused any of us to gain weight, but eating that day in and day out.
Try some recipes for healthful treats. Thehappyherbivore.com has a great recipe for a single brownie. It's good for you! Keep the healthful treats around so that when you have cravings you have something at hand to help satisfy it.
Fitness Minutes: (190,860)
18,746 3/21/12 3:28 P
Don't worry ! Everything will be alright. Congratulations on losing 60 pounds ! That's fantastic !
Now, if you find yourself hungry, are you eating enough ? Are you eating at your maintenance calories or are you still on a "diet" i.e. 500 calories less per day ? If you're at maint, then you should be slowly increasing the calories you eat until you're eating the right amount of calories your body needs to maintain your weight loss. No one should be on a permanent diet.
So, if you feel hungry, listen to your body. Eat something healthy. Have a couple extra servings of fresh fruit for snacks. Have some nuts. If your body is craving sugar, you may find that the natural sugar of the fruit helps curb that craving.
Of course, Spark People has never been about deprivation. It's all about moderation and portion control. If you'd really like to have some whipped cream on your ice cream (example), then have some. Don't deprive yourself or you do risk binging on it later.
Also, whenever you feel hungry, try having a big glass of water or two. Some times hunger isn't really hunger, but thirst. It's been warmer than normal across the country. So, your body just may need some more water.
Just some thoughts.... It really IS okay to eat more if you are in maint.
I have lost almost 60lbs in the last 18 months with SP, TOPS and family/friends support. Now that I have basically reached my goal. BUT...... I feel more out of control than during this whole journey. For Pete's sake! I ate coolwhip out of the container after breakfast this morning. Yesterday I ate 3 snack bars and a take out burrito in my car. These are behaviors that I thought I had gotten rid of. I still won't give up! But the tricks that used to work are not working and I am hungry and anxious. Any suggestion? Why is it harder now that I am trying to maintain? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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