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Not so much while I was still losing weight, but now that I'm maintaining, yes. Too much of what I was eating before was complete junk. With that all but gone from my diet, I actually have to eat more of the good stuff than I am accustomed to, in order to maintain my weight.
I also started Monday and since I now stay within my limits, my scale has dropped a pound so far. I was absolutely amazed at how much I was eating but always seemed Hungry sooner than I expected. Now I make deals with myself. If I really want the mayo with my tuna I consider what it will affect for the remaining meal choices that day.
I have definitely noticed this effect. My portion sizes are actually quite huge, quite often. Little substitutions make a big difference - if i can reduce the amount of oil in my stir fry by 1 tsp, I can add a whole extra cup (or more) of zucchini. So much more food, same amount of calories! If i can forego the baked potato and make a salad instead, I can have a really huge steak and a really huge salad. And when you take out the processed/junk stuff - the chips and cookies and cakes and candies and fast-food fare - wow that stuff packs a LOT of calories, and yet is often not very filling! When you fill your plate with veg and fruit and meat and beans and whole grains, you can have quite a large portion at only a fraction of the calories of a "processed/fast food" meal.
I remember that for the first few days, maybe up to a couple of weeks, at times it almost felt like "I don't know if i can even eat 1200 calories, I'm FULL" - really made me wonder, how is it that I HAD been eating 3000+/day and always felt famished, now I'm eating 1/3 of what I used to, how could I POSSIBLY be "full"? And yet, I was! Quality nutrition trumps quantity! Actually, I see a lot of people post about feeling that way early in their journey.
Could it be because you are eating foods in a more whole state, and less refined foods. More: lean meats/protein, fruits, veggies, salads, whole grains; and Less: chips, crackers, fried foods, sugar drinks, desserts, pastries.
Food in a more whole state are MORE filling; but yet with fewer calories.
since i started watching my calorie intake and trying to get the calories that are suggested by Spark which is 1200 to 1550 calories a day i feel as if im eatting more that i ever did before.. and i just started monday but a sneak peek at the scale says its moving on down... i find it odd to be eatting this much and losing.. ok.. ok.. odd but good :)
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