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Phantom Hunger

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

There are times after I eat something (especially something high in protein which will keep me satisfied for a long while) when I still "feel" hungry. But my stomach isn't growling, I don't have that pang in my stomach. Yet I still feel like I haven't eaten enough - it's what I call phantom hunger.

Phantom hunger is the number one killer in my diet. If I eat something that will keep me full for the next few hours, then there is no reason why I should be eating anything else in those few hours.

For example, this morning I made a peanut butter banana yogurt smoothie. The protein in the peanut butter and the greek yogurt have kept me satiated for the last three hours. But my mouth, my throat, my guts are telling me to feed it. Granted, it is coming up on lunch time BUT it doesn't mean I am hungry. It just means I am feeling....phantom hunger! I will eat when I actually FEEL the hunger and not just "feel" like eating.

I know we should eat something every few hours regardless, but I am smart enough to know that there is a difference between one kind of hunger and the other. Yeah, one is actually real. lol

-shmoops
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SUE5007 1/30/2013 1:14PM

    I get that too. Sometimes I think it's just habit. Our brain says "We're done eating already? Surely we can't be full yet." It's good that you recognize that it's not actual hunger. A lot of times I will drink a glass of water and that will fill in the cracks between the food my stomach and I'll feel full. ;) If that doesn't work I will chew a piece of gum.

Have a nice day!

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SHMOOPS 1/30/2013 1:03PM

    I am just starting out so my stomach is in for a big surprise. Thank you for the encouragement! I need every little bit I can get. emoticon

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ACYCLINGMIND 1/30/2013 12:44PM

    Are you just starting out on your journey or has this stayed with you for a long time? I have the same problem. Sometimes I'll have just finished eating yet still feel hungry... like my stomach is still empty. All that overeating really stretches out that organ! It'll take a long time to get used to this. It WILL become normal... not an annoying feeling. :D Have a great day!

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JO28352 1/30/2013 12:36PM

    Great insight. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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