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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Hunger's a funny thing. Sometimes it smells like bacon and sometimes it smells like melting cheese. And for me, often times, it's coming off of someone else's food and tantalizing me when I should not eat.

Hunger. Sometimes you can control it, and sometimes you can't. Sometimes it defies reasoning, and sometimes it's quite logical.

For me it's a mix of a little bit of everything, and sometimes a little bit of nothing, and well, frankly, I'm not sure what to do with that.

Like I'm sure so many would, that's a situation I would l like to change.

Yet hunger has dug in it's heals, even when everything seems just right.

Strangely though, it gives up at the strangest of times.

I don't get it, but I think I'm going to have to get it sometime, and sometime soon.

I've noticed, on the days I eat a healthy-sized breakfast, lunch and dinner, all about the same amount of calories, give or take a few, and a couple of small snacks thrown in too, it just doesn't feel like it's all hitting the spot.

After all, I started this journey as an overeater.

My stomach is big. I wish it would shrink on the inside as well as the outside, but it seems that only the outside has done some shrinking.

When I eat that way, I feel compelled to keep eating, and eating, and eating until I come to the end of my tracked food. Then I wonder, is there something low cal that I can sneak in my day without hurting anything too much?

Probably not.

Yes, that is my dirty little secret. I don't want to be hungry.

Yet I noticed something funny the past two days.

It's really interesting in fact.

There might be something to this whole "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper" thing.

Strangely, do to a desire to stick to my tracked food and due to an unusual schedule, I altered my eating plan.

Frankly, I don't know if it's a good idea the way I'm doing it now, but I think maybe I can take the concept, tweak it a little and make it work.

The past two days I've been eating breakfast and lunch really close together, making it sort of a long drawn out brunch. Then I eat a light snack quite a number of hours later, and then again, many hours later I eat a big dinner.

It's kept me from being hungry, but I don't know that it's good, even though it's within my tracked calories.

I think maybe what's helped the most is eating big early in the day. So maybe what I need to do is plan a big breakfast, and do as the old saying says, and progressively eat less throughout the day, until I'm done eating my calories. Or, I could just eat a big breakfast, nix one of my snacks, eat a really small lunch and a dinner-sized dinner.

I'm not sure what I would eat at breakfast though, in either case. It certainly would change my way of thinking about the meal.

I'll have to give it a whirl, one idea or the other. I think maybe next week I'll do that. I've planned my eating for the rest of this week, so I think I'll stay the course until it's time to change the plan.

Hopefully, the changes that may come will help me curb my hunger.

The funny thing is that in the beginning of my journey, hunger wasn't a big issue. Now for some reason it is, and I wish that it wasn't, especially since I know as the weight comes off, I will need to alter my calorie intake accordingly.


I'm looking forward to the smaller waistline, but I'm not looking forward to the smaller plate just yet. Until I work out this hunger situation, it scares me a little bit to think I have to reduce my calories even more.

I wonder, does the hunger ever go away?


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    I like what DDOORN said that hunger is not an EMERGENCY.... gonna have to think on that one.

    I do weight watchers and every time they lower my daily points (how much I can eat) === I go into a heart palpating panic and am STARVING!!!! It will only go down 1 point ( equivalent to a few crackers) Nothing to panic about. Logically, I know it is silly, but I spend the day STARVING.

    Hunger is so much a mind game!!! we got to figure this out as I think that is much of our problem --- -OK my problem
    1776 days ago
    Here is an idea I picked up from another super member of our SparkFamily: WATERMELLEN, and that is:

    Hunger does not constitute an emergency.

    She spoke of be-friending her hunger and I think of it as two types of hunger: 1) Mouth hunger, in which we've eating more than enough calories to meet our dietary needs but yet we are still hungry. And 2) True hunger in which we are truly at a calorie deficit and hungry. Even THEN it doesn't constitute an emergency as it takes 2-3 days of no nourishment before we start to digest our muscles and suffer consequences which most would agree constitute an "emergency"...!

    Hunger is such a slippery concept!

    1777 days ago
    Oh god, I went through this not so long ago... and I haven't as much figured it out as somehow got passed it. I was starving all the time. I'd go up to the top of my calorie range, but that still didn't cut it; I started exercising more just to get away from food - more walking etc, but I'd given myself a reason to be hungrier....

    I stressed and I fretted and I started eating an awful lot of greens and broccoli - sometimes that worked; sometimes I just had cravings. In the end I decided to stick to a higher range of exercise and used the spark fitness tracker to adjust my calories accordingly.

    I might not be losing weight on the scale, but the inches are still decreasing and the hunger has been reduced to something manageable. I'm at a place where I can see things working in the long term. I hope.

    My advice: try different foods, see if they make you feel full, try distractions and just blog it out.
    1778 days ago
    I definitely have more control over my hunger when I exercise daily. On the days I don't exercise it seems like I am WAY more hungry.
    1779 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I think some days will always be inexplicably hungry days - but when you get into an eating style that suits you, hunger should diminish.

    Hang in there. Keep experimenting.
    1779 days ago
    You bring up a very interesting point. I worked night shift for years (7pm -7am) and we always ate "dinner" around 1:30am. When I first stopped working I had a real hard time with meal planning since my body was still on night shift routine. I gradually was able to shift my meal times but I still have what I call night shift nights where I am hungry at 2 am and unable to go to sleep until 4 or 5 am. Right now the thought of having to adjust the calorie range downward is a little appalling to say the least. I haven't lost enough weight yet to have to make any adjustments.
    Thanks for a great blog and some interesting points!
    1779 days ago
  • PALMY5
    Its funny because I think you're the first one I've seen address the thing I always wonder about, and that is what happens when you're weight goes down(never experienced that....yet) and you have to eat less calories? I worry about things like that too. I guess the theory is that your smaller body will crave less food....? Hope so.... Does the hunger go away....hope so!!!!!! You seem to have a good handle on it-Good Luck to you! Sheri
    1779 days ago
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