One does not need to feel hungry while losing weight. Increase your protein intake in your diet. And for right now, grab as many vegetables or fruits you want to ease that hunger. Try to eat every 2-3 hours instead of only 2-3 times a day
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current weight: 203.0
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10/22/13 3:25 P
I think that feeling hungry is normal. After all in order to lose weight one needs to cut their caloric intake to less than they are using. It would be normal that their body asks for more calories. As long as one does not cut too drastically or too quickly as previous posters have mentioned, I think it is normal to have some hunger.
Anyway I think that is the case for me. I cannot seem to rely on my body or sense of hunger to tell me I need food otherwise I would never have gotten this way in the first place. I try to look at what I have eaten by tracking carefully, then, if I am hungry I use this information to decide if this is a hunger that should be indulged. Then I try to indulge it carefully. Not perfect but it is all I got right now. If I ate every time I felt "hungry" I would be eating all the time.
Perhaps one day I will be able to discern the difference between what I think of as 'hunger" and the times it is necessary to eat but for now I need my tracker to tell me what is reasonable.
Thank you Sparkpeople.
current weight: 193.6
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556 10/22/13 11:38 A
I think that all of you are right, (and I did eat something last night) I went through all the stages 4 years ago, so I tried to pick up where I left off. I am going to rethink my caloric intake, thanks for all the imput!!
Perhaps the reason you're hungry is because you cut your caloric intake too drastically to start. Let's say you've been eating 2,500 calories per day, then you decide you need to lose weight and start eating 1500, your body is wondering where that other 1,000 calories is.
I know you want to lose weight, but you don't want to make changes that are TOO drastic for your body to handle. Instead of cutting your calories, why not start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals.
Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.
You slowly ease into a routine so that all these new habits will become just that, a routine.
Remember no one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. that's why we need to start with some simple changes first. I would suggest increasing the amount of calories you eat for now. Then over the next few weeks, slowly decrease the amount so that your body can adjust to the change.
For now, try to eat wholesome foods that nourish your body. Weight loss isn't just about eating less, it's about eating RIGHT. And learning to eat right really does take a long time. So, if you're hungry, start including some healthy snacks to help tide you over. Have some fruit or maybe a piece of toast with peanut butter.
Don't starve your body of the calories it needs to be healthy.
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21,310 10/22/13 12:40 A
My suggestion re hunger is that when you are hungry, you EAT! I found I could only drop my calories down in very small increments, otherwise I even got woken in the middle of the night with severe hunger 'pain', and I also suffered from light-headedness and nausea. Going down slowly helps to eliminate these problems.
My next suggestion is that it sounds like you have started this journey again by taking a giant leap with your nutrition, rather than the baby steps. This means that you just make gradual changes to your nutrition and your exercise ..... one or two small changes to begin with, and when your mind/body has gotten used to those changes, add something else to the mix.
I went to have a week peek at your Nutrition Tracker to see what and how much you have eaten today, but unfortunately it isn't shared so I can't help specifically. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that, say their calorie range is 1200 - 1550 calories daily, they have to eat the 1200 calories. THAT is for a sedentary woman of average weight. When you are heavier and/or exercise or are active, you need to eat more. Ensure that you are getting a good mix of NON-processed carbs, healthy fats and lean protein. A lot of people don't eat enough lean protein, and also don't eat much in the way of fruit/veges which helps to fill us, as well as provide heaps of nutrients that our body needs.
Now, I suggest you go find something to eat that you will enjoy - maybe peanut butter with celery, or a hard boiled egg, or some yoghurt and banana.
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