I sometimes feel this way also. What I do is hold back a treat from the day till bedtime. For example if I am eating 1550 calories for the day I would subtract 300 of that and hold off till bed time. So when I in bed I will have 2 jello pudding snacks, or a piece of fruit, or a fudge bar, etc right before I go to sleep. Usually does the trick.
Sometimes when I wake up hungry it is really becuse my body is thirsty. Try drinking a small glass of water.
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11/16/12 2:30 P
Not to be nosy, but are you near your cycle ? It's not unusual for women to become ravenous right around the time of their menstrual cycle. So, it's possible that the reason you've been hungry these last couple of days is because you're due for your period.
It's also been very cold in many parts of the country. Depending on where you are, the cold weather could be triggering the hunger too. Our bodies due crave more food to keep warm when it gets cold.
But, these are just guesses.
11/16/12 1:54 P
I've found it helpful to include a high protein but small snack just before I go to bed. That way, I don't wake up feeling ravenous!
I don't skimp on breakfast. Typically, my planned breakfast contains over 400 calories, and I try to include protein, carbs, fruit, fat, and some dairy or dairy substitute (usually as cheese or the occasional almond or soy milk in my cereal).
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46,222 11/16/12 12:18 P
Eating enough, especially at the beginning of the day, can help stabilize the hunger control hormones -ghrelin and leptin, therefore, you do not want to scrimp too much on your breakfast, lunch and snacks hoping to have enough calories for a big dinner. If you are continuing to have issues, you may just want to pass this by your doc, just to make sure there is not a medical issue causing your increase in hunger.
I've been working on trying to track my calories using Sparkpeople and Fitbit (to determine a daily calorie deficit). I've even started pre-planning breakfast, lunch, and partial snacks the night before.
However, for the past two days, I've been waking up feeling like I'm STARVING. I drink water as soon as I wake up, but I still find myself binging at breakfast time (I'm a recovering binge eater). I still measure my portions, but I find myself not caring about how much I eat. I tend to stay on track for lunch and SOME of my snacking, but by dinner it is tempting to overeat again knowing that I'll probably be over my calorie target given by FitBit for the day.
In addition, while I've been keeping up with my 10,000 daily step goal since October 1, I have worked only 3 days since October 27 (I'm on-call at my job in spite of my requests for a permanent position). This means I'm spending more time at home, and my activity level has dropped. On a more active work day, I easily burn 300+ more calories than I'm burning when I'm off. I bought the Sparkpeople 28 Day Bootcamp DVD, and I have a nice library of Leslie Sansone videos, but I have such little motivation to work out.
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