Sunday, November 07, 2010
According to what I read, excerpt below, it is definitely hunger pains as they do disappear with food!
I am going to look at this as just another "proof" that I am finally at my ideal weight. Even though I am not consciously hungry, my body is telling me it needs sustenance. FYI, yes, I do still get hungry when I really don't need food - binges!
Wow! So much to learn to be a normal weight! This has only happened since losing the last 5 lbs - 117 being the Ideal Weight on the charts.
P.S. I had never felt "hunger pains" before this year. As the article describes, it is a pain/cramp in the stomach area - for me, just below my waist. At first I thought it was from my water bottle in my belly-bag but these past couple of days I wasn't even walking yet when they occurred.
I realized that my last meal of the day tends to be around 5pm and my first meal of the day tends to be after 9am. That is a lot of hours in between meals. 16 hours on average and I guess my body at that point just has to signal me to eat?
I just didn't want you thinking that I was confusing hunger or the desire to eat with the hunger pains I am experiencing at my new lower weight.
We all have to fight the non-hunger urges for food.
You can do this!
11/6 - 116.4 - ate 1922, 195 calories over on calorie differential
11/7 - 116.7 - ate 1626, calorie deficit 96
11/8 - 16.4 - ate 1555, calorie deficit 10
11/9 - 115.8 - ate 1780, over by 50
11/10-115.8 - ate 1707, calorie deficit 14
11/11-115.7- ate 1583, calorie deficit 197
11/12-115.6 - ate 2196, over by 423
11/13 - 115.9 - - - woohoo! By jove, I think I've got it!!
Also known as hunger pangs, hunger pains are feelings of discomfort deep in the stomach. A hunger pain is often a low-grade discomfort that is just strong enough to notice. However, some people do experience hunger pains that are somewhat sharp and intermittent. There are several reasons why an individual may experience stomach hunger pain from time to time.
The most common origin of hunger pains is the fact that the individual has not consumed food or drink for an extended period of time. Muscle contractions begin to occur when the stomach has been empty for several hours. As the contractions take place, the sensation may be somewhat unpleasant and interpreted as painful. When this is the reason behind the hunger pains, a quick snack is usually sufficient to eliminate the discomfort.
People who tend to suffer with low blood sugar may experience hunger pains when glucose levels begin to drop. The lack of a proper amount of glucose in the blood causes the stomach contractions to commence. Usually, the contractions are mild at first, but become increasingly stronger until the individual consumes something that provides the right type of carbohydrates to restore a safe glucose level.
Another possibility is that the stomach hunger pains have nothing to do with being hungry or experiencing a drop in blood glucose levels. The pain may be caused by some gastrointestinal disorder that is in the early stages. While the sensation is similar to that of plain old hunger pains, consuming food and drink does not make the discomfort go away. When this is the case, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Often, gastrointestinal disorders can be isolated and treated quickly if caught early.