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Have You Ever Wanted To Eat A House?

Friday, April 01, 2011

OK, so I've been doing really well for the past month or so with controlling my calories and ignoring crazy cravings, etc. And I've been steadily losing weight at a healthy rate.

I don't know WHAT is up this week, though. It's like I'm SO HUNGRY all the time!!! I want to eat anything and everything in sight. I will eat an entire meal and still feel like I'm starving! Last night I definitely had 2 dinners. : (

Has anyone else that's been doing this longer experienced phases like this? And WHY is this happening? I thought my tummy was supposed to shrink with smaller portions and I was supposed to be able to get full faster.

I've been doing everything right...drinking a ton of water, eating healthy calories, working out. Why this sudden increase in desire to eat? Could it be purely hormonal? It is that time...

UGH! Hate this! All I can think about is eating more and more and more. Luckily, I've been able to control it somewhat and not give in to every whim. But it's rough!!!
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    Ok, here are a few things I've learned along the way, both by myself and with the help of my personal trainer. Yeah, I have a personal trainer I go to once a week. I know that my weight progress doesn't currently reflect that, but I gave up on myself for the past two weeks and just concentrated on graduating. Anyway:

    1. If you are feeling ravenous all the time increase your protein intake.
    2. It is better to eat 5 smaller meals a day than the standard 3 meals.
    3. A meal is not a plateful of food. It is a protein, fat and carb. That could be two cups of melon and an ounce of almonds. Or a banana and peanut butter. This is what I try to stick to for meal 2 - or snack - or whatever hits between breakfast and lunch.
    4. If you spread these meals out about every 3 hours you will feel fuller longer.
    5. Every body is different and what works for mine may not work for yours - but these are the things I've found and so I thought I'd share.
    2453 days ago
    When I get that feeling, I know I need more protein. That's when I look at peanut butter on my rice cakes and pistachios as a snack. As a replacement to my usual fruit, it sticks to the ribs a little longer and makes me feel full a whole lot longer.

    Hope this helps!
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    2483 days ago
    LOOK at your nutrition tracker! Not just the calories! Are you getting enough fats? carbs? protein? How about potassium? The "starving" sensation may be your body's way of telling you to eat something specific!!!! The good news is, when you give it what it needs, it functions better, and helps you lose more weight! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2483 days ago
    They say when your doing that that is a sign you are losing weight ! emoticon I believe it because it seems like those weeks i do better. I just drink more water or sometimes a cracker with peanut butter on it helps ! You are doing great tho keep it up ! If i can help in anyway let me know ! emoticon
    2483 days ago
    OH yes around that time I get pretty hungry. More hungry than usual. It sucks! I agree with ilsawing. Try and fill up on healthy things. If you are hungry and have toe at eat more fruit and fiber :) Or some veggies and some sort of yummy dip! It will pass soon. :)
    2483 days ago
    Thanks so much! You're a sweetie!
    2484 days ago
    Leah, this has happened to me before. Hormonal - YES. At "that time" your body needs more calories to make up for its loss. Prepare some do-able snacks for when you just can't hold out any longer. Plan ahead and eat things that are filling, not empty calories like Coke, chips etc. I'll be praying for you and cheering for your success.

    2484 days ago
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