@Ethelmerz-- I can't feel somewhat offended by your reply! I think wanting to have something take the edge off of hunger is not in any manner related to an alcoholic problems. Perhaps I did choose poor wording, but please do relate me to having anything in common with an alcoholic... My head is on straight I just sometimes feel that my weight loss goals are hopeless. And with seeing so many advertisements of in Oxygen and Fitness magazines of OTC appetite suppresents I wondered if anyone had tried them and if anything helped a little bit.
Wow! I don't think I've ever got such a response to a post! Maybe not all positive :/ Anyway, thanks to all who have replied. Answers to some questions I've had... Sleep 7-8quality hours? Not usually, I have 4 girls ages 2-9, and it always seems like one (or more) of them are coming into the bedroom either wanting to get in with us or needing mommy for something. Exercising? I have been trying to fit in at least 30mintes 3-4x weekly. I'm working my way back up! I used to do at least 45-60minutes 5x a week. Food tracking?? I know this is my biggest downfall of all. I have the hardest time with this. It's usually so hard for me to get online and track my food. My internet is kinda slow some days. So, I don't get it put in. I am determined to change this and start tracking my food if I can't online... I will do it at home then add it to sparkpeople!
Such good advice, why would you want to foul your body with pills ????
A good breakfast is a must.
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Take it from the person who was ALWAYS hungry, exercise and a healthy diet really do make a difference. My first week of hardcore exercise and healthy eating, I actually was under my caloric intake because I was full - no lie. (Although not good for you if you are working out a lot.)
I know that I am reapeating many others before me on this thread but I was ALWAYS hungry until I started exercising regularly and eating healthier. Also, drink the water. I cheat a little and drink the flavored, no calorie, no sugar, no caffeine and no sodium kind from Walmart.
The proof is that on days I do not work out, I tend to stray from my health plan because I am hungry all of the time. And don't let your blood sugar get low. I eat every 3 to 4 hours now. You make senseless choices when your blood sugar is low.
Breakfast is a must. Everyone says that they are not hungry in the mornings. I agreed until I started eating a healthy breakfast in the morning. Now when I wake up, I want breakfast, which starts my day out great. I personally think, your body needs to adjust to getting used to breakfast if in the past you were not hungry in the a.m. so that may take some time.
Despite the breakfast taking getting used to, the exercise will suppress your appetite TODAY! A good 30 minutes of cardio will do some wonders!!
If these things truly do not work. Then I would suggest a nutrionist or a doctor. But before you go see someone, log your food intake for a couple weeks and take it with you. Also log your sleep routine and try to get 7 to 8 hours each night and at about the time.
Good luck! I am no expert on anyone else's body but I am amazed at what changes have happened to me in just one month. Good luck!!!!
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Try eating more protein. That usually fills me up and keeps me going until my next meal.
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Ugh, my alcoholic father in law, always looked for something "to take the edge" off, sounds like a dietitian could perhaps get your head on straighter. It helped my husband and myself.
Adipex absolutely works, but it's not over the counter. You have to go to a weight loss doctor to get prescribed the medication, and you can only be on it for a certain amount of time. (The laws vary from state to state.) I was on it for 3 months and it helped me tremendously. You virtually feel no hunger for the majority of your day when you take it. However, I had already lost a significant amount of weight, and changed my eating and lifestyle, so I didn't have a huge problem when my time on the medication was up. But, if you eat and snack for the wrong reasons, and don't have control over your eating, all those issues will still be there after you stop taking the medication.
Eat the right foods and forget the pills, side effects can be BAD !
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Great reply about the Alli. I just saw my doctor recently and I am about 30 lbs overweight for my height, I talked to her about what to do so that I could loose weight the healthy way and not have it interfere with my medications. My doctor said that Alli is the only safe over the counter thing that she would ever recomend because it was FDA approved and most over the counter diet pills are not FDA approved. She did tell me the side effects could be potienally bad for some ppl mostly digestive issues we'll call them. My doctor told me that any program that allows you to track your calories and exercise is a great idea, and to eat mostly fruits veggies, lean proteins, lowfat dairy and whole grains. The dr did tell me that treats are ok in moderation she said that if I eat well about 80% of the time I can have treats about 20% of the time and to make sure I exercised for at least 30 minutes at least three times a week. I understand the feeling of wanting something extra or a magic bullet to get the weight off quickly but I have found that those things do not work for me long term, I think Im going to have to be paitent with myself and eat right and exercise.
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Usually when people have trouble coping with hunger on a diet it's because they're not eating the right foods or eating clean. When you eat clean you can eat tons of food (because it's all fresh, unprocessed, low in cal but nutrient rich food. You should be eating complex carbs (namely foods high in fibre) and lean protein with every meal/snack and a little bit of healthy fats (poly and mono-unsaturates). I eat way, way more food now than I ever did when I was overweight, or in my life for that matter and I eat every 2-3 hours as opposed to eating 2 meals a day when I was overweight.
Heap on the veggies (first to fruit) with every meal/snack. Choose whole grains. Choose legumes and lentils (both high in protein and complex carbs).
My tracker is always full of food, you would not believe the amount of actual food I can eat for 1300-1400. Now if I went to Mc Donalds and ordered a cheeseburger, med. fries and a large coke that would be around 1000 cals which would be almost my entire cals for the day. When instead I can make a full plate of real, wholesome, fresh foods for 300-400 cals. Just take away most of the condiments (learn to sacrifice, use them sparingly or find healthy substitutes like greek yogurt instead of sour cream). Don't drink your calories (they are essentially wasted calories because they won't fill you up. Soymilk is a nice milk alternative because it actually does have a bit of fibre in it). Make sure you're staying in your rec. fibre intake and eat lots of protein. A ratio of 40-50% carbs, 30-35% protein and 20-25% fat is a good ratio of daily intake.
Drink lots of water and tea.
Make sure you're not undereating. Some people try to eat the lowest amount of food possible when losing weight. I suggest you eat in the middle of your range or better yet try calorie cycling. It's when you eat high calorie days, medium calorie days and low calorie days to equal out the same calorie deficit at the end of the week had you eaten the same amount of calories every day. You can use this calculator to figure out a calorie cycling plan. Once you calculate how many calories you need to lose weight, it will give you the option of a "zig zag diet plan" (another term for calorie cycling): http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_c alculator.htm
A appetite suppressant is just a band aid solution. You will not learn how to eat properly and once you stop taking it, you'll put the weight back on.
I find it interesting that so many claim there is no such thing as an OTC appetite suppressant. I can't possibly be the only person who knows that calcium carbonate makes hunger pangs go away. Calcium carbonate is sold as Tums and other brands (and store brands) in chewable tablets, just a few dollars for a huge bottle. Obviously you don't want to take more than the recommended dose, but many of us really should be taking calcium supplementation anyway, so it's a cheap and easy way to get calcium. If the tablet is 1000g of calcium carbonate, figure 500g of calcium. I find one tablet is plenty to stop hunger pangs. It neutralizes the stomach acid.
Maybe it doesn't work for everyone and that's why it's not recognized as an appetite suppressant, but it sure works for me, and it's a nice way to get some extra calcium.
There is no such thing as an over the counter appetite suppressant.
Hunger control can also be closely related to your food choices, exercise plan and getting adequate sleep.
Are you getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep night? Are you exercising 45 minutes at least 5 days a week? While your nutrition tracker is public, it does not look like you are tracking ---so it is impossible to give feedback. Start eating a healthy diet, measure your food portions, and use the nutrition tracker. Are you getting at least 60 grams of protein and 25 grams of fiber daily?? Are you getting at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily? Are you limiting highly refined grain foods, and sugar-filled foods?? This can help.
If I were you I'd consider experimenting with the levels of protein/fat/carbs while saying within calorie range. You may find that a bit extra protein or fat may keep you more satisfied. Worth playing around with!
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I drink hot tea
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When I find my munchies getting the best of me, it's usually one of two things:
1) I'm bored 2) I didn't eat enough of the right things the previous meal.
So your goal should be to make sure you're getting the right balance of fat and protein at each meal to keep you feeling full, and your calorie range is enough to support your overall activity level. Undereating keeps you hungry and starves your body!
Keep yourself busy; if you start thinking about eating, go do something! One of my favorites is to take a quick walk. I'll also make a cup of tea; gives me something warm in my belly, without actually adding much in the way of calories; I don't do no-calorie sweteners, but a teaspoon of sugar is better than a bagel any day. :)
Don't look to pills to solve your problems. Treat the source of the appetite, rather than trying to cover it up with supplements and pills. They don't work anyway; they'll make you lose weight alright... but only in your wallet.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/20/2013 (14:22)
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I like caffeine myself. I drink black coffee. Another trick is sugar less gum. Your mileage may vary.
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Save your money!! Fill up on vegetables at mealtimes. Eating broth-based soup before your meal has also been shown to help you eat less during your meal.
See your GP if you want to talk about Alli, the weight loss drug that does work (but does have side effects!).
No tablets you can just go buy yourself have ever been shown in studies to actually work.
There is some indication that *maybe* green coffee extract might help in reducing weight, but I'm not sure if that's by suppressing appetite. If you still feel you really want to buy something, focus on that.
But basically, diet and exercise. Nothing else beats it.
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