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SONICB
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12/27/10 5:37 P

If your belly is growling and you can *feel* the hunger, then it sounds like your body is telling you that it needs fuel. You should probably have a small snack to keep you going until lunch time.



LJHST5
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12/27/10 4:28 P

For me that's a definite sign of hunger. I don't experience stomach growls when I eat every two to three hours.



CSIENK
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12/27/10 4:11 P

If you've got the calories for a snack two hours after breakfast, and it doesn't make you want to eat your lunch sooner than normal, etc. (essentially moving up all your meals until you've created a big gap between dinner and next morning's breakfast), why not have the snack...



EARTHTONED84
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12/27/10 4:04 P

When my tummy growls at me I drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes to see if I am actually dehydrated or thirsty before I eat something that I might not have had to consume.



AUDELINE
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12/19/10 12:57 P

I have no problem making the difference between digesting and being hungry. The scheduling idea is a good one, on top of it, you know what you'll have, so won't be taken by surprise. I do have a hard time planning in general, and need to learn to do that. I often wind up hungry exercising when I could have something ahead, like fiber/carbs and avoid that issue.

Thanks for the info.



JIBBIE49
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12/19/10 11:41 A

I'm reading and using "The BECK Diet Solution" and Judith Beck, PhD says to follow your PLAN. My stomach tends to "growl" from digestion, so I pay no attention to that. It would have me eat every hour or two, so it isn't something I want to respond to.

Dr. BECK says Hunger is something we need to learn to deal with, and stay with eating meals at the times we have schedule. If u have in your PLAN to have a "snack" at 10 AM, then fine. I often have an apple midmorning since it has fiber and is filling, but I'm not one to eat breakfast. I have a quart of Green Tea then.



JAZZYJAZZ86
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12/18/10 8:06 P

I would drink some water first, and if after drinking the water your stomach is still growling eat something.



CRZYQUILTER
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12/18/10 6:42 P

If your stomach is growling with actual hunger, then yes have a snack. Just don't mistake stomach noises for hunger. Our stomachs make all sorts of noises while digesting.



BUTSWEETER
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12/18/10 4:21 P

If your belly is growling, you should eat. You might benefit from adding some complex carbs to your breakfast. I'd replace the Cliff Shot (it seems to be mostly composed of sugar and sweetners) with a slice of whole wheat or sprouted bread. Some good carbs combined with protein keep me full for a few hours.



-CORAL-
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12/18/10 3:03 P

I always get hungry a couple hours after breakfast, and I'm usually eating an egg and peanut butter and jam on ezekiel bread. I will have fruit, like an apple and that will work, or just wait out the hunger pangs until lunch.



-POOKIE-
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12/18/10 2:59 P

Probably then!

I know I was very hungry at first until my stomach shrunk/got used to eating less.

If you are eating balanced and within your ranges, its more than likely that unfortuntaly just have to ride it out a while.



AUDELINE
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12/18/10 2:56 P

I actually often have an egg and cottage cheese so plenty of protein. I think it's because I eat considerably less than before and I have to get used to it. Since I enter my food intake in the nutrition counter, I always remain within the range, and thus feel it's ok to have a snack. Perhaps that is the solution, as long as I don't go over the limit?

And yes, I drink at least 8 to 9 cups of water/day, sometimes Perrier as the bubbles keep the hunger off.

Edited by: AUDELINE at: 12/18/2010 (14:57)


DRS510
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12/18/10 2:37 P

drinking a lot of water? Eat small, frequent meals. If you had enough cal's then no.



-POOKIE-
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12/18/10 1:55 P

What did you eat for breakfast?

If it was just carbs... as SO many people eat for breakfast... then no wonder you are hungry! You need to add in some fats and protein, a balanced meal will keep you fuller longer



AUDELINE
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12/18/10 1:48 P

I noticed that I get hungry less than 2 hours after breakfast and I'm not sure if I should have a snack or not.
So far I've tried to ignore the belly growling, but if it happens before or while exercising, I have usually eaten a small snack, or drank a serving of Clif Shot Electrolytes (80 cals).

What is the right thing to do?



 
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