Before I started SP, I had a funny eating schedule. I had a cappuccino for breakfast because that is all I wanted to eat. Then, even though I was not at all hungry at lunch, I might eat a small 'something' like a sandwich I would, maybe, be hungry around dinner and would eat a 'normal' meal That would hold me until I got into bed and started watching TV at night. Then, I would want to nibble on something because that's my history. I always watch tv and eat something. The only difference is that now I nibble on something healthy.
SO it wasn't about how MUCH I ate but WHAT I ate The problem NOW is that I am hungry all the time. Since I have started eating breakfast and a bigger lunch it seems I want to eat a lot more often. I do NOT understand this and it's really bothering me I would like to figure it out so that I am not hungry at all hours and can better stay on this food plan.
I think that there could be several reasons why you are experiencing the feeling of hunger. What I learned over the years is that "feeling hungry" is what I would think I was feeling but it was really -- 1. Feeling empty, like loney, sad, depressed, which comfort food made me feel temporarily uplifted 2. Feeling acid indigestion, which always was relieved by eating 3. Feeling angry, which food could always soothe 4. Feeling bored, which preparing food filled that void 5. Or feeling thirsty, which I also mistook as hunger
Once you establish that you are really feeling hungry, it could be that your body had shut down from not eating enough and thought it was in starvation mode. - This happens when people don't eat enough calories. And now that you are eating more, your digestion is starting to work more, create more digestive juices to process the food you are sending to your stomach, and in turn it will send off signals that might make you feel like you are hungry. Give it some time and your body will adjust and you will probably find that once you are exercising and eating - you will be able to eat a lot more calories during the day. 1681 days ago
So I think much of "feeling hungry" is learned responses rather than stomach-gnawing hunger. I've had much the opposite experience - I could convince myself that I "needed" to stop at the Wawa (a convenience store) on the way home and eat something - usually 500-600 calories worth - before I got home for dinner. That's just some "brain program" - a conditioned response to stimuli that I had developed. We all do this.
I've found that eating breakfast (not just coffee), morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and an evening snack spreads things out. I end up eating every 2.5 hours I'd guess. This helps. And having a schedule helps.
If you're not eating snacks (I'll eat some grapes or almonds or some baby carrots maybe) between your meals, try that. I find my actual meals are a bit smaller than before.
For how long has this been happening? If it has just been a short time you may be experiencing a period of adjustment. Are you thinking about food a lot? Planning meals and preparing and what not? If food is on your mind all the time then you may be responding to that? Try a hot beverage or broth based veg soup, hot things are sometimes more satisfying, and can be low in calories. I hope things get better for you. I often have times when all I am is hungry, I know how frustrating this can be. Good luck 1683 days ago
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