I have some Slim Fast shakes, snacks, and bar meals. I grab one if I'm running late somewhere and I don't have time to eat or (like tonight) I was hungry after dinner so I ate a snack to tide my stomach over until breakfast tomorrow.
Actually, you should avoid the "hunger pangs" if you can. What my trainer taught me (I've been following his advice for a little over a month now) is to eat 6 meals a day, each meal 2.5-3 hours apart. I start with a meal at 7am, another at 9:30, another at noon, another at 3, another at 6, and another at 8:30. Each meal should be a similar amount of calories, and be as balanced as you can make it.
Just as I start to notice a little bit of hunger, I realize that it is time to eat!
I've already lost 11 lbs, and I feel absolutely wonderful!
Also....I am sticking to a "macrobiotic" type diet, avoiding processed foods, eating lean meats, plenty of veggies and fruit. The way my trainer explained it to me (and I've heard it before)...Eat like it's 1950. Think of foods that existed then, and eat THOSE, and stick to whole grains and "good carbs"...the less processed the better.
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My thought is that when I get a hunger signal, it's like the fuel light coming on in my car. It's time to put some fuel in, doesn't always have to be a full meal, just depends on where my next fuel station is going to be, if it's late in the day and I'm going to be home soon, that's a just a snack to get me there. Like putting $2 gas (not even a gallon) of fuel in the tank. Then once I'm home by the time dinner is ready so am I for some good choices....just my thought on it though, I just began working towards a streak of not overfilling my tank.
Edited by: TAMILC at: 6/23/2008 (01:09)
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My lunch hour is crazy too. I've learned that it's important for me to cut out some time to have an early lunch before the lunsh rush hour. This way, I get my meals in and I'm not starving by dinner time. I also keep some healthy snacks in my office: granola bars, carrots (in the community fridge), 100 calorie pack cookies (for when my co-workers are eating cake or doughnuts) and I try to ALWAYS keep a case of water in my trunk and then bring a bottle in with me and refill it with the Aqaufina provided by my company. Good luck, hope this helps!
I have the same problem. I've lost 80 to 100 pounds twice over the past 13 years and I did it by starving myself. I got to were I enjoyed the hunger panes. My big problem is that I'm back at 300+ because I lost the weight unhealthily. I've been trying the 5 to 6 meals a day plan and I rarely get hungry. Give it a shot and I think you will like it. Try keeping plenty of food in your car or office that you would consider a snack. Good Luck
I would never eat breakfast, and if I did I was hungry again in an hour. If I skipped I could go to lunch. I then read that by skipping meals it shuts your metabolism down. For a week now I have made an effort to eat first thing in the morning if I'm hungry or not, the first few days the same thing happened I was hungry in an hour, but now I've found that it has evened out a bit and I have lost weight. Maybe they are right, you have to eat more often to keep your body out of the starvation mode!
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I know it doesn't help this situation, but the best thing to do is not to skip a meal. I would recommend eating 5 times a day...Breakfast, AM snack, Lunch, PM snack, and Dinner. That's what I do and I don't ever feel HUNGRY.
As for now, I wouldn't suggest eating a full meal right now, especially if you have to go home and eat dinner with the family. However, I would suggest a small snack to tide you over. Perhaps popcorn, or some crackers and cheese (not really sure what you have on hand). You see, if you "enjoy" these hunger pains, the hunger is going to get even worse. And speaking from experience, the more you put off your hunger pains, the more likely it is that you'll over eat when you do finally get the opportunity to sit down and eat.
My work is so sporadic, the best time to interview clients is at lunch time and I forget to eat before I step into those interviews. Then I miss the lunch train all together and start munching when my stomach starts to growl. What a ding-a-ling! So, now that it's 4 p.m. I'm wondering if I should be running to grab some real food somewhere...or just enjoy these hunger pangs. Will they shut down my metabolism? I have so much to learn - like how to throw an apple in my briefcase before I leave for work.
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