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5/8/09 7:20 P

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I tried the greek yougurt. I think it tastes too much like sour creme. I am not sure why it comes so recomended I did not like it at all. I like weight watchers 1 point yogurt better.

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I try to eat six small meals per day. I feel like I'm always eating. I'm never full to the point of feeling FULL, but I'm also rarely STARVING. That said, when I feel ravenous, that is usually a clue that I'm dropping pounds.

Last week I added weights (heavy weights 2x per week) into my regular weekly exercise (running/walking 5K or 30 minutes on my elliptical 3x per week) and increased my calories by 300 per week, (mostly protein). Despite eating more, I've been ravenously hungry and really NEEDING the extra snacks. This week I've lost three pounds after struggling to get them off since February. For me, if I know I am eating the right foods in the right portions and at the right times, that hungry feeling means I am burning fat, so I try to celebrate the sensation instead of giving in to it.

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No, you're definitely not the only one. I took struggle with starvation, I'm always hungry when I come home from work, and it's always been a problem of mine of over eating at dinner after I've been "good" all day.

I just got a new "schedule" from my nutritionist and she recommends Greek Yogurt, with nuts and fruit, and some cinnamon (I use vanilla extract) to give me a little pick me up around 3:00 pm. That might work for you too if you find yourself hungry in between lunch and dinner.

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TREESA57's Photo TREESA57 Posts: 3,765
5/8/09 7:43 A

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I have to totally agree with Pam. You need some fat to feel full longer. An apple is great but it breaks down into sugars and you start the cravings. If you add the pb to it it will lower the sugar cravings and make the full feeling last longer and you will feel better. I put peanut butter on a whole grain half of bagel and put it in the oven to melt the pb and sprinkle nuts on top for an after workout snack. It holds me all afternoon until dinner. Im not a big fan of pb so melting it makes it thinner and I like it that way. Remember protein with fat and carb adds fullness.

Edited by: TREESA57 at: 5/8/2009 (07:44)
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Thanks for all the great ideas, everyone! It also helps knowing that I'm not the only one struggling with hunger... emoticon

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Ok this is what the trainer at the YMCA says, after you have done your workout you should have a protein snack within a half hour. Then within an hour and a half you should have a meal with a protein, vegetable and small amt of fat. I have a protein bar after I workout or a yogurt and it does help.

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I know how you feel. Sometimes, I think I just have to have something in my mouth...strange huh? I started keeping a bottle of water close to my desk at work and try to drink that instead of eating. So far soo good. We'll see how long I can keep psyching myself out.

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5/7/09 2:23 P

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Water helps a lot, but also being sure that all my carbs are whole-grain is a big help to me--and there are so many interesting options other than just brown rice and whole-wheat spaghetti. Look for bulgar, barley and mixed grains, they cook up just like rice and fill you up for a long time.

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From the South Beach Diet Team:

The caloric deficit can make you hungry throughout the day. Fat provides a feeling of fullness so when you eat a lower fat diet, the food gets digested faster, and you can get hungry more quickly than if you were eating a lot of fatty foods. To avoid getting too hungry:

- Be sure to have some foods that contain protein or fat at every meal or major snack. Examples of low fat protein foods are low fat cottage cheese, low fat cheese, low fat yogurt, skim milk, fish, poultry without the skin, and eggs (avoid too many yolks).

- Include a little fat throughout the day as well. Have a few nuts or seeds as a snack. Having an apple is great but even better is having an apple WITH peanut butter since the fat will help make you feel full (where the apple alone won't). These foods will keep you satisfied longer, and instead of eating more fat-free foods to fill up, you will feel satisfied with less.

- Eat more vegetables. They provide fiber and have a high water content, so they are filling without a lot of calories. Include vegetables as a snack and eat them throughout the day, not just at lunch or dinner. Adding some kind of fat to the veggies (cheese, peanut butter, hummus, salad dressing) will help make you feel full.

- Choose whole grains over processed carbs. For example, have steel cut oats as a hot cereal for breakfast instead of toast made from white bread or enjoy barley as a side dish instead of white rice or mashed potatoes. The fibre in the whole grains will keep you feeling full longer, plus they take longer to digest so you won't feel the sugar highs and lows that you will get from eating simple carbs. Whole grains are often lower-calorie, too.

I hope these tips help.

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5/7/09 2:12 P

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I know how you are feeling, like many here do too! I have this inclination that a lot of hunger comes from our minds. It sounds a little "out there", but think about it for a second. If you are telling yourself you are on a diet, it sends some kind of signal to your brain that somehow says, "OH NO! YOU MEAN I CAN'T EAT ANYTIME I WANT!?!?!" It puts your inner voice into panic mode. I try to keep in mind that my body has PLENTY of stored up energy and if it needs it, it can grab it from what I already have and not from outside food. I tend to panic if I don't have a full-on lunch. Sometimes I need to realize that even a half of a sandwich and a few carrots will tie me over until I get hungry again.
It's a complicated thing losing weight. There is so much to factor in and it can be overwhelming. I'm finding more and more out about myself and what all that phantom hunger really is. Eventually my brain will catch up to my real physical needs and I'll be all set!! :)

I wish you nothing but the best of luck in your road to health and wellness. We all need luck in one way or another on that road.

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Yeah the water helps me a lot!

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from what i understand fiber is supposed to help you stay full longer. whatever you can do to get a little extra i guess. also about the being in better shape, try a weight vest. the extra weight sill help burn more calories.

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I went through something similar before. I was working out 5 days a week and watching my diet but man, I was ALWAYS starving! I also wasn't really losing weight. Come to find out, I was burning way more than I was consuming which left NOTHING for my body to use to recover from workouts so it was in starvation mode. My body didn't want to surrender and it hung on to the fat stores. Using this program (a few years back and before my third baby) I fixed my fitness goals by manually entering the calories burned in a week. I could do this because my heart rate monitor tracks calories burned. Once this was adjusted my daily allowance of calories in the nutrition tracker increased substantially! I was allowed up to 2100 calories per day to LOSE WEIGHT BY MY SET GOAL DATE! I was shocked. WIthin a month the weight was dropping off of me. So, my recommendation: figure out how many calories you burn in a week, fix your fitness goal, then consume the correct amount of calories. Your hunger will taper...The other suggestion, keep drinking LOTS of water. I wouldn't recommend more than 12 cups a day unless you are running 10 miles a day... you don't want to overhydrate either. And The Biggest Loser recommends chewing sugar-free gum. emoticon

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I start most meal with raw veggies (sometimes salad) and drink lots of water. I limit fruit and drink no fruit juice. That allows me to start a meal with being so hungry.

You will find what works for you. I also chew sugarless gum between meals when everyone else is having a treat.
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I'm in the same boat most days. For me, I've really noticed that I have to eat more protein and fat (less carbs) to stay satiated, otherwise I get hungry again pretty quickly.

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5/7/09 11:17 A

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It's hard when you like food so much. I eat my three meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner and then I have a snack between them. I eat a total of 6 meals. When I eat all my meals, I take a big sip of water after every bite of food. It helps fill you up. Hope it helps.

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Some odd ways, but you can try...

Listerine! Makes food & drink taste yucky after you use it, so you wouldn't want anything but water anyway.

If you can.... get that spur of the moment urge & dump your food in the garbage or throw house cleaner on your plate.... sounds funny, but it makes you NOT want grab for any more.

And if you really need flavor.... chew something that you're craving and then spit it out instead of swallowing it... then fill with water. So you get flavor & you get full.

Try drinking 2 glasses of water before you have any snack.... also if you follow it up with a small box of jello, it usually fills you up real quick & that's only 40 calories for the whole thing (which you prob wouldn't eat all of).

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5/7/09 10:29 A

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THAT REALLY DOES WORK! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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Sometimes when I get a serious craving, even though I just ate after my workout, I brush my teeth. Sounds silly, but how yummy would that food taste with minty fresh toothpaste? probably not so much. It helps sometimes.

Other times I try mints or gum, I like the altoids Smalls and Orbitz Spearmint. They're both really powerful.

I also drink tons of water and I try to eat foods that are more filling. I found a really great, helpful website: nutritiondata.com
It takes a few minutes to figure out what the charts mean, but they've really helped me. I look at the chart on how filling the food is, and when I snack I'll compare my tummy's thoughts on the fullness factor to those of nutritiondata's.
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I love an apple because it is filling. You could add 1 tbsp low fat peanut butter as a protein. Be sure to log it in.

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I so understand! I am at a computer all day long so I get hungry quite often from just sitting here. What I do is set a schedule. I have snacks at my desk that I have divided up in single servings (cheaper to do it myself). I have breakfast before work, a snack at 10:00, lunch at 12:00, snack at 3:00, then dinner at 5:30ish. This helps keep me from constant eatting due to hunger pains. I've gotten so use to the schedule that I don't reach for anything in between. Plus it keeps me from gorging myself at main meals.

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when we are exercising we need more carbs for energy. carbs are not the enemy so just eat the good carbs like whole grains and fruit. best of luck to you.

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5/7/09 10:12 A

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First, make sure you are re-fueling properly after exercise-- lots of water and you also need carbs. Idealy you'll have something like chocolate milk within 30 minutes of exercise to rebuild muscle energy stores. Then you should be consuming small amounts of carbohydrate (fruit or cereal or yogurt, etc) for the next several hours to compeltely refuel your muscles.

Generally your body should be feeling hungry about every 3 hours if you are eating properly. Make sure your meals include plenty of protein, this is what signals to your body that you are full. Good foods for this are lean meats, low fat dairy like string cheese or yogurt (greek yogurt like Chobani is very high protein), eggs, and nuts or nut butters.

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Your body needs more fuel when you exercise more just try to stay with in your calorie range on the tracker but make sure you have set it up to account for the extra calories you burn. Also if you have been eating to little calories on a consistent basis you body is going to fight back with an uncontrollable appetite. Another way to help you appetite make sure you are getting enough water for your regular needs as well as to replace what you loose during exercise.

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I pretty much stick to what the Spark People Meal Tracker suggests I should eat. Their meals and snacks and specifically designed to fill you up.

I actually have trouble finishing all the foods on my meal planner!


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I have the same problem. The more I exercise, the more hungry I get. I drink lots of water before I eat anything, if I am still hungry 10 minutes after the water, I try to distract myself, if after 20 or 30 minutes I am still hungry I give in and have a piece of fruit or cheese, sometimes my daughter and I will share a piece of string cheese and an apple that seems to work and sharing it keeps the portion small. Also I have little post it reminders of my goals around to keep me motivated to them. Hope this helps :-)

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When I am like that, if I exercise hard, my hunger dissipates. If I feel like I want to eat again, I do some exercise. Now, not if I am truly hungry, as in, It IS time to eat, but only to remove the cravings. Otherwise, water works for me along with a Kashi Roll. Those Rolls are spectacular for filling me up, but I have to ensure that I drink plenty of water along with it.

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I have several small "snack size" meals throughout the day it seems to help not to feel ravenous when the next mealtime comes. Keeping my favorite veggies and fruit prepared ready to eat in the fridge helps too. It makes good snacks as easy to get as not-so-good ones.

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Not sure if you eat any of these, but you might try eating foods that have been proven to keep you full for longer: white potatoes, oatmeal, eggs, beans, fish, soup, beef.

Between meals, if you just like to eat (I do, I'm not necessarily hungry, I just like to eat), go for apples, salads and popcorn. While they are calories, if you limit the size of your main meals (since you know you'll be hungry again in an hour), you can just split into several small meals in a day.

If you know you're hungry every two hours and you can eat 1200 calories a day, then you can have 6 snacks of 200 calories a piece. Keep that serving size small and you'll be fine. :)

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Try drinking more water and make sure the calories you are putting into your mouth are "filling". For example, when I have a cup of grapes... it's JUST a cup of grapes, but when I have that with a bottle of water it really makes me feel full, plus it's the kind of snack you can munch on for a while! emoticon

Reach for foods that are more apt to fill you up!

Good luck!

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water, water and more water, and fiber snacks, like oatmeal to go, dried cranberries and such

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Oh girl, I know what you mean. I battle those every day it seems! I have no answers other than keep healthy snacks within reach. A piece of cheese, baby carrots w/ff ranch to dip them in, apples - anything is better than going and raiding the pantry or the fridge or the snack machine downstairs which is something I could do everyday if I am not careful!!! Its hard - and harder other times of the month too. GRRRRRRR!!! Drinking a lot of water seems to help also - at least for me. Good luck! Glad to know it's not just me!

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Does anyone have any advice for curbing a ravenous appetite? The first time I started a diet & exercise program 2 yrs ago, I never really had trouble w/ cravings & being hungry all the time. I lost 26 lbs in about 4 months. Then I fell off the wagon exercise-wise. I have maintained my weight loss, but now that I've started exercising again to lose more, I'm constantly hungry! I don't know what to do, I feel like I'm snacking back any calories I burn. I keep mostly healthy foods in the house...but calories are calories. I'm also very frustrated that the weight isn't coming off like it did before, I think due to the fact that I'm in better shape now than I was then, plus the horrendous snacking problem. HELP!

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