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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,072)
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3/24/12 6:43 A


You don't track your food just yet. So, I'm not sure how much you're eating. It's possible that you're not eating enough. Eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight.

Taking an educated guess, I'd say the reason you were so ravenous is because your body hasn't adjusted to the change in eating habits. You mentioned that you started with Spark a few days ago. Well, it could take several weeks before your body is accustomed to eating more healthfully as well as taking in fewer calories.

Let's say the Spark nutrition software said that in order to lose one pound per week, you should eat anywhere from 1300-1700 calories. that's after inputing all your information. So, you start eating at that amount. Here's where the ravenous feelings come into play. Spark says you should eat 1300-1700 to lose. However, prior to you starting with Spark, you may have been typically eating 2500-3000 calories a day.

So, now that you're eating 1300-1700, your body is wondering what that other 1,000 calories is. that's why you may be feeling hungry. it's because you're eating less than your body is used to eating. In which case, you may find that there are days when you eat more than others as your body adapts to the new eating routine.

In short, you really need to give your body more time to adapt and change. it's not even been a couple of weeks.

MICHCLEARY SparkPoints: (85,767)
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3/23/12 7:34 P

I would also ask if you're tracking how much water you get. Sometimes our body is really thirsty when we think it's hungry. One thing I did with a team a long time ago was write a list of the top 25 things I could do besides eat and post it on the fridge. It was a great reminder to stop, drink a glass of water, and spend 20 minutes doing something else before I decided if I was really hungry, or just thirsty and bored.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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3/23/12 7:03 P

Have you added your fitness goals to your fitness tracker? In order to fuel our workouts, we need to eat enough to support our level of activity.

You don't have any shared food trackers, so it's hard to say what might be causing the problem, but I've found that when I'm hungry, it's usually because I'm not getting enough protein to hold me through.

Remember that exercising burns calories... and when you burn calories, your body needs more. :) Being hungry while working out is totally normal, and it could be a sign you need to adjust your nutrition to meet your new needs! Eating too little while burning too much can be counter productive!

3/23/12 6:41 P

Okay..I joined SP last Monday and for about 8 days I was slow and steady with my diet and exercise. I managed to keep my calories in range and I walked for about 30 minutes on weekdays. Now this Tuesday, I walked for an hour and my leg muscles were really sore on Wednesday, so I thought I would rest and go back to the gym on Thursday. But on Wednesday, I was so hungry all day that I started eating food like I used to before..Constantly eating..I feel hungry sometimes and sometimes I just eat for the sake of eating..I did walk for about 30 minutes on Thursday but my craving for food doesn't seem to stop till today!! With weekend just a few hours away, I am in the mode of panic!! If I eat like this on weekdays, I don't know what is going to happen on weekends!! Somebody help!!

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