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CLARK971 SparkPoints: (24,279)
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6/22/12 9:20 P

I was always able to eat anything I wanted, anytime....until my late 30s. When I first started sp, I was always hungry. I was used to grazing all day. Once I started tracking, I realized I couldn't walk by the cupboard and grab a handful of peanuts several times a day...I was used to a snack around 8 or 9 in the evening, so I was having a tough time not eating after dinner. If my calories are gone, and i am hungry in the evening, I try to have something that won't put me over by a lot. Some celery with a little bit of cream cheese, an apple with 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter, a bowl of oatmeal, along with some tea. In the past, the evening snack would have been a dish of ice cream, chips, 1/2 box of girlscout cookies, cheese puffs ... It's about a lifestyle change. And choices. I like to think of it as I am choosing to have an apple and two cookies. (instead of 10 cookies) The more fruits and veggies you can work in, the better.

DZDAZR2BGR8T SparkPoints: (4,674)
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6/22/12 8:44 P

just a thought-how are your foods balanced? I load up on more protein & fat & fewer carbs....try to eat foods that are more 'dense' and filling-broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower...I eat 12-24 almonds with 12-16 ounces of water or tea & that helps curb my appetite....-so do apples-looks like you are most likely restricting your calorie intake, but you can also up the activity level and still produce the same effects and be able to eat more...
you'll get there!

SWANATOPIA Posts: 1,049
6/22/12 4:32 P

When I first started, I tracked all my foods and ignored the calorie range. A few weeks later, I studied what I ate. A week later, I worked on slowly swapping out the bad with good and was able to eat more (healthy choices).

Example:

10 corn chips = 150 calories

1/2 wheat bagel, one ounce of cottage cheese nonfat, 40 blueberries and 1/2 cup non-fat milk = 150 calories

I never go hungry. Start slow and tear apart what you eat everyday. See how you can make it low cal and healthy. Buy wheat, low-fat and lots of fruits and veggies (fruits and veggies have fewer calories allowing you to eat more).

Once I got adjusted, I realized that I was making a lifestyle change and was not on a diet!

I can eat whatever I want but I would much rather have a plate full of food rather than a slice of pizza!

* Feel free to take a look at my food tracker (on my page). I eat a lot of food and still manage to keep it under my range (which is 1600-1900)!

Oh, and for some great recipes that fit within your calorie range, check out www.sparkrecipes.com

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Edited by: SWANATOPIA at: 6/22/2012 (16:38)
ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (143,121)
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6/22/12 4:17 P

JBERRY,

It's not like it's going to happen all the time, but yes there will be days that no matter what you eat, you will be hungry. This is something that happens to every body. You can't will your body to not eat. A person has to eat if they want to lose weight.

Now, as you learn more about good nutrition, you'll eat foods that help keep you sated for longer periods. One thing you'll need to do is start increasing the amount of high fiber foods you eat. Eating foods that are high in fiber help keep a person full for longer because it takes longer for the human body to digest fiber. So, in future, you want to do your best to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, eat whole grain breads/cereals, beans, etc...

There is a lot to learn about nutrition and how your body reacts to that food. This is a learning process and as you noted, you're still new. That's why you shouldn't be discouraged or feel that something is wrong because you're hungry. You have to learn what foods you need to eat and in what proportions to keep you full.

Personally, my first piece of advice to new people if they want to keep from being hungry is to increase their intake of fresh fruit and veggies. Eating 6-9 servings each and every day will not only help keep you full, long term it's going to help you maintain the weight you lose.

Because weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.





Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 6/22/2012 (16:23)
JBERRY1973 Posts: 5
6/22/12 4:11 P

So can I expect days that I'm just hungry, regardless of what I do? I'm so used to just eating what I want...when I want and not giving it any thought.
I've lost 6 pounds so far, and I'm thrilled about that. I just hate to go backwards.

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6/22/12 4:09 P

JBERRY,

Try to eat as normally as possible even if it means you go over your calorie allotment for the day. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change is going to take time. So, don't beat yourself up if you occasionally go over your calories for the day. If you're making healthy choices, that's what matters.

If you have your dinner already planned, have your dinner. Don't starve yourself to compensate if you happened to over eat earlier. If you're hungry, try drinking a BIG glass of water. Have a couple of glasses. Some times hunger isn't really hunger, but thirst. I've been terribly thirsty today because of the heat. So, try drinking some water.

If you still feel hungry, have some fruit or some other healthy snack. Snacks are a part of a healthy life style. You don't have to starve yourself to lose weight or be healthy. Do the best you can and don't beat yourself up if you go over a little. Everything really does work out in the end.

As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for the positive things you do and don't beat yourself if you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

JBERRY1973 Posts: 5
6/22/12 3:06 P

I've eaten according to plan today but I'm still so hungry! What do you do when you have a day like this? I really don't want to go over my calorie allotment. It's mid-afternoon and I only have around 440 calories left today.
I've been drinking water all day, hoping that would help. It's not.
Any suggestions????

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