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8/18/11 12:59 A

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Another thing I've heard about on SP that helps with hunger is protein. I was introduced to My Plate on SP and I have been looking at my meals since then to see if I have the 5 parts on my plate: fruit, veggies, grain, protein, and dairy. That usually fills me up.
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I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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Are you authentically hungry all the time or just feeling the urge to eat? They aren't the same. Also, do whatever you think you could sustain for the long run. If you are really hungry all the time, it might not be sustainable. Maybe you should increase your calories slightly and slowly decrease them gradually so it's not so noticeable. Losing five pounds is not an emergency; take the time to do it right. emoticon

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Congrats on whatever you have lost and keep doing what you did to get there. Make sure you are eating within your calorie range and doing your exercise. If it takes you a year to lose those 5 lbs so be it. It is only a number on the scale! The important thing for me is that I keep on with my healthy lifestyle!
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8/17/11 6:11 P

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Just want to clarify: Are these the LAST 5 pounds you want to lose? If so, why does the number on the scale matter to you so much? How about exercising more, building some more muscle and losing some more fat regardless of what the weight is? This could be healthier and easier and you would be able to eat a lot more. I suspect that you may actually have to increase your calories if you have trouble losing more weight because your body is already in starvation mode. Hard to know without knowing details about your height, current weight, age etc.
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8/17/11 11:19 A

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When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water or a cup of tea or coffee (preferably de-caf) and wait 10 minutes. If you are still hungry, eat the veggies as suggested. You will often find the 10 minutes have passed and you have forgotten about being hungry.

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Those last pounds are the hardest, partly because you are SO CLOSE and it feels like your goal should just come on and get here! Unlike time passing (24 hours is 24 hours whether it is a much anticipated wedding or graduation or baby coming), weight takes longer to come off as you get closer to your goal. Your basal calorie burn rate lowers as your body weight lowers. Way back when in WW, when you got to 10 pounds from goal, you actually had to eat less until you hit goal. Then you got a little back every 2 weeks for 10 weeks.

My son the dietician always laughs at the notion that 8 glasses of water a day is needed to lose weight, but it DOES make you feel fuller. Personally I drink coffee to take that edge off and get me to my next planned and measured meal. I never eat between meals because it's too hard to stop. That's a personal choice, not a recommendation.

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8/17/11 9:43 A

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I agree-those last 5 pounds are tough! All you can do is eat less and move more. Keep that goal in sight, and work like crazy to get there. It's mostly about the calories, but exercise will help. Snack on the veggies to keep your calorie count low for the day, but nutritional content high.
Once I got to my goal, I just kept doing what I had been doing, eating and exercise-wise, and managed to lose an additional 12 pounds, which I have kept off for two months now. Maintenance isn't easy but I have been able to add in one snack per day, of 100-200 calories. I really look forward to that each day, I consider it my "reward."

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8/17/11 9:35 A

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Fill in with vegetables to qwell the hunger pains. Distract yourself with activities. The last 5 lb. are the hardest to lose.

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8/17/11 9:21 A

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Good morning. i need to loose 5lbs and it's the hardest thing to do because i am always hungry. Can anyone give me any suggestion. HELP!!!

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