Well if your stomach is growling, then you're hungry! Regardless of whether you're wanting pizza or french fries or a big steak. By how much did you cut calories? It does take some time (several weeks at least) to fully adjust when you're going from several hundred or a thousand calories above maintenance to several hundred or a thousand less than maintenance. Sometimes people do it more slowly and find it more comfortable that way. Sometimes (me!) you're highly motivated enough and busy enough to just suck it up until it gets better, which it does.
Are you using your tracker/is it public? If so, people might be able to give you some more specific feedback about what or how much you are eating.
In the meantime, if you're that hungry, then by all means eat something. You may be surprised at how little it takes to satisfy the nighttime growlies, when they occur. A yogurt might do it, half a peanut butter sandwich, a cheese stick and some cut-up vegetables, a couple handfuls of nuts and raisins eaten slowly, etcetera etcetera. Have something with a little protein to it, not just crackers or pretzels, and you're more likely to feel satisfied. 200 calories "extra" of a good snack is infinitely preferable to either driving yourself mad with hunger or feeling like you have no choice but to consume 600 calories of pizza/chips/whatever and then feel guilty and horrible afterwards. Do what your body and mind can handle, whatever that is.
In terms of the craving aspect of it, that also gets better, it just takes time to get out of the mental habit of reaching for certain foods in "emergencies" (and otherwise). If you think it will help avoid resentment or fit better into your long-term plans, then find a way to fit these things into your lifestyle on a much more limited basis than before. Otherwise, pretty much the more you stay away from them, the less you'll want them. Out of sight, out of habit, out of mind, more or less.
Height 5'8 1/2"
5K 4/21/11: 31:55
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