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I really try to eat filling foods, if it isn't time for me to eat I will chew sugar free gum, that will help for a while.

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5/19/09 12:50 A

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I usually have the opposite problem--not eating enough--but once in a while I'll have a day where I'm at my limit and still hungry. I usually stick to water like other people suggested, but carrots are also awesome! They have high water/fiber content and lots of nutrients, and they're low in calories.

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I have this happen at least two days a month; I'm fairly certain that it has a lot to do with my ovulation cycle. Just that constant feeling that I have to shovel food into my face; it usually has to be a specific type of food too. If I can anticipate when this will happen, I usually do much better. I try to make myself eat raw fruit and veggie snacks frequently even if I'm not hungry; starting about an hour after breakfast. If I can keep those foods going in pretty steadily, I'm full and satisfied much faster at my next meal.

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5/17/09 10:12 P

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HI Everyone
Today (Sunday 11/17) was a great day the hungry spell seems to be fading, while I still ate more then I should have ate, I ate way less then I have in any given day in the past week or so. This may sound odd, but Friday night we had Chinese food (Sesame chicken, anyone know of anything in this dish that I might have been lacking?) I ate so much, and I was sitting there thinking o my goodness I AM GOING TO EAT ALL OF THIS AND STILL BE HUNGRY. However to my surprise a few minutes later I looked at my husband and I said "I am done eating" I mean my body finally said okay thank you I have what I need stop eating now. So I did, Saturday was great, and today was even better. I felt more in control of my hunger, and what i was eating. The consist hunger, and craving were/are basically gone.
So again thank you so much, and to those of you who are going through this same thing hang in there "this to shall pass".

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I try to eat filling foods. It's sometimes hard for me to eat at work because we get busy during the times I get hungry.

In the mornings I usually eat high fiber oatmeal or if I'm in a rush a protien shake is just as good.

If I can't eat at the time I need to and I get hungry I put fiber in my water or eat a fiber one bar, or south beach diet protein bar...or if you have some peanut butter nearby a tablespoon will put you off your hunger.

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Yeppers! That is my body's way of letting me know I Am Winning! Hang on they go away!
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I heard this happens when your body lacks something for so long.... your bosy tends to just cave in.

This happened with me... but with SWEETS. That was a bad week! However, I am back on track and cut out all those unhealthy snacks.

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Yes - I too have noticed I have been hungrier it seems since doing the new exercises daily. I have increased my calories and esp protein, I don't do red meat and am mostly vegetarian except for chicken. So I increased and then after a few days I hardly can fill my calories because I am satisfied. I do get plenty of water. I listen to my body - if I have a craving I feed it healthy foods. I had been in a plateau for 3 months since starting this boot camp I am losing again slowly. So I think my body needs the extra at this time.

I think the hungriness is coming with the change in the physical activity and it will balance out.

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I've increased my calorie intake while doing the bootcamp. I would probably lose more weight not eating more but I feel like my stomach is eating itself I am so incredibly hungry. I even started eating in the middle of the night.

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Ditto. I get some spells where I think I could eat my whole house up! Nothing I eat seems to satisfy. I'm going to try a few of the ideas below as well. Somethings that have helped me are to not have anything in the house that would majorly ruin my diet (snack foods, baked goodies, open bags of chocolate chips) and if they are around, put them out of side and in a not very convenient place; don't go in to the kitchen much; and try and eat something filling. I make terrific smoothies that are 100 calories or less and they are very filling. I wish I remembered to make them more when I felt like that, but quite often it is when I'm so busy that I'm not thinking quite straight.

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I always try drinking a hot low cal beverage to curb my hunger that I get alot. Green tea, sugar free cocoa, or coffee are what I use the most. I was thinking fat free broth might be a good one to try too. Good luck to everyone and keep up the great work!

 
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I'm starting to see other symptoms and the waiting is driving me crazy! Of course the 'new' symptoms may be just in my brain. we shall see..

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It most definitely could be true!

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You never know, I ate like I had been starved for months when I was pregnant. Let us know.

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I mentioned to two of my friends that I was so hungry and fatigued these past few weeks and both immediately questioned me if I was pregnant (its too early to take a test) just wondering if anyone thinks if this is possible or not..

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Thank you to all who responded to my blog. You all gave me great advice and comfort. I am going to try the fruit and water. Keep your fingers crossed for me, and I will do the same for all of you! Have a great weekend.
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5/15/09 12:35 A

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This happens to me also, especially around my period. I usually drink lots of water during this time and keep healthy treats around. Of course, I sometimes fall of the wagon and indulge into something I'm not eating. I just pick myself back up and start a new day.

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I too have been getting the hunger attacks sense starting this program. I typically give in to the desire for more food and have been reaching the higher end of my calorie range. I think the hunger is due to the additional activity and will go away in time but I could be wrong. I'm going to try the suggestion of adding more protein and see if that helps.

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a piece of fruit or a protein bar is a great way to curb it

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I rarely feel hungry but do eat every 3 to 4 hours. I drink about 40 oz of water. I have woken up in the middle of the night hungry however. I grab a piece of fruit or bread.

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I actually just wrote a blog/started a topic in another team about something very similar to this this morning and got some interesting replies and ideas that might help you out.

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try spacing out your calories and make sure you are hydrated
it takes a little planning but you may find that adding a food every 3 or 4 hours helps

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I've encountered the same issues since starting this program. More often than not, drinking water seems to kill the "urge to eat". More than likely, it's due to an increase in your metabolism without any discernible increase in your caloric intake.

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Oh my goodness yes! It seems that no matter how much I distract myself with other activities, I am still hungry.

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I usually eat on the lower end or slightly less than my daily allowance. Then comes a day or two or three when I just have to eat more because I feel hungry. I just eat, making sure I eat healthy food that is balanced in complex carbohydrates, protein and fat. I rationalize that this is my body telling me it needs more fuel. I do drink a lot of water every day and exercise too so nothing is different when suddenly I just feel more hungry.

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Check your food tracker to make sure you are getting the enough calories for the amount of activity you are doing. If you are, try spreading your food out over 5 or 6 mini-meals/snacks. Have some low-calorie healthy snacks to eat or drink a glass of milk.

Here's a novel thought and I mean no condemnation whatsoever: what is wrong with being hungry? My pencil-thin husband is a 3 meal a day eater and never eats between meals. He is always telling me just because I am hungry doesn't mean need I to eat. I am beginning to think he is right. Isn't this what got most of us into the shape we're in? What do I want more: the instant gratification of food or success at weight-loss?

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Interesting data, DONTNODIP, on the HFCS. I did know some of that (ie. altered corn) but wasn't aware of how it affected appetite. Thanks for the post!

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i don't necessarily have cravings but i do have days where it seems like i just can't get enough to eat no matter what. other days i can go most of the day without feeling hungry at all.

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Yes definately...especially the week before my period.

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YES.

I think I ate over 3000 calories yesterday :/

I couldn't stop myself!

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I know. It really just lasts till you eat something very bad and then hate yourself. same thing with me.
I think I have made food into a sort of reward for myself.

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emoticon I don't know if it is as much hunger as cravings. I cave so easily then hate myself afterwards. I'm an emo eater. so when things get tough I get eating. It is really hard to conquer this dependency. And the funny thing is I don't feel better after I seek out my comfort food. Go figure.




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I can feel hunger attacks 2 weeks before my flow. Can you beleive that I spend 2 weeks every month being a very goog girl and next 2 undoing everything and then some. Yesterday was especially bad.
And a couple of days ago my knee pain kicked up while biking. So now my knee is taped and I am on rest for 3-5 days. Can't do any cardio and not very hopeful about the challenges either.
So frustrating. I did want to keep up.

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I keep filling foods on hand like chicken, turkey, red potatoes. I found that if I get one of these attacks I can eat one bite of each food, tell myself that I had a good meal and I am okay.

Another thing I do is eat an apple.

Yet another, if I am having a comfort food attack is that I buy a package of caramel baking chips and pecans. I discovered this by accident. I rarely am so stressed out that I can't talk myself out of it, but my dh was going into the hospital and I felt a binge coming on. I got out the caramel baking chips (26 pieces equals 60 calories) and the pecans, allowed myself 5 chips per 1 or 2 pecan halves and tell myself I had 5 caramel/pecan pralines. I can convince myself I had more if I cut the caramel pieces down to 2-3 and the pecan halves down to one.

Interesting how the mind perceives things. Often we just want a taste and our cravings can be satisfied with just a taste. However, if we don't prepare and have these quantities broken down for us before we allow ourselves to sit down and eat them we will tend to eat all of what is set before us.

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Sometimes I get so hungry in the early afternoon after I do my lunch work out that I feel crazy... I try and drink a lot of water to calm it down or have something low cal like pretzels or something...

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mmmm... I've tried this thing before and it was explained to me by a book of Michel Montignac. I've experimented that for me was the amount of glucose in the blood that made me have peaks of cravings...

I'm posting the link to 3 interesting parts of his site, he is better than me in explaining the process and it may be of help:

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I do the same thing as DONTNODIP: I drink 2 glasses of water and then eat a piece of fruit.

If that fails, then feel free to eat something HEALTHY.
Note: Protein keeps you feeling full longer and is better for after workouts. Also, you might find that you are low on the protein counts and high on the carbs. Unless they are fibrous carbs, that will do it.

And keep away from High Fructose Corn Syrup. It doesn't digest well and leaves you feeling more hungry.

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I have "hungry spells" all the time, but I think I'm doing a little better. I think everyone has to figure out what's the right mix of foods to fuel them when they're working out. I know when I am active I need more protein and fiber, and I feel less hungry when I minimize the carbs (even the healthy ones).

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That happens to me sometimes, too. I don't know why, but it does go away. I keep low cal/low fat snacks in my desk drawer at work for those times when my normal eating for the day just isn't enough.

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YAY! I'm not t he only one that's hungry, LOL! I haven't been eating very good (or well) lately, I haven't been doing any strength training - at all. So I know if I fix these things, it might help. I do get confused though when I read articles about what you should eat. I always get hungry after breakfast, about an hour or two later. So I'm not really sure what I should have for breakfast to keep me satisfied.

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i'm having the same problem for the past 2 weeks maybe.. I'm also fatigued. At first I thought was related to working out more, but I decreased the amount I've worked out this week due to a knee/ankle injury and I'm still fatigued and constantly hungry. oh and it started about a week after my visit from Aunt flo and I have another week or so before my pms symptoms usually start.

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I just noticed, I went through this and it seem to pop up every month right befor my period comes. Maybe I need extra protine or iron. Anyways I drink lots of water during that time and it really seems to help.

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I have these spells. I try to increase my vitamins and fill up on vegetables until the spell goes away!

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I was extremely hungry yesterday evening. I was fine throughout the day until after about 5:30 p.m.

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I had one of those yesterday after dinner, all I wanted to do was eat like I hadn't eaten in days. I went for a box of Corn Flakes so it wasn't too bad, but it was tough to avoid the left over pasta in the pan.

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Hi you are not alone I think we all get cravings at times I grab a apple it seems to help me . Good Luck you can do this and remember everyone is here for you and each other God Bless.

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Your def not alone... I try to consume more water, fiber, fruits and veggies to be more filling! Keep up the good work!

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I definitely agree with MissRiss. Nutritionists say when kids get crabby in the afternoon,the best thing to give them is something with protien! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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one thing i found is that i can not eat fruit alone. i use to be diabetic before losing weight so i may be more supseptible to blood sugar changes now i eat an apple or a banana with one tablespoon of peanut butter, or a pear with cheese. sure helps me keep the energy up all day. best of luck to you just try different things until you find just what works for you as we are all different,.

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It sounds like your blood sugar was crashing. If you try and eat food that don't make your blood sugar spike then crash you might not get that "I'm starving" feeling.

Another way to avoid that is to do what PEGACORN recomended. Eat small meals every two or so hours.



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Usually I get hungry at night. The rest of the day I am so busy I forget to eat. This sets me up for a roller coaster ride. The only thing I have found that works for me is to make sure I eat at certain times a day (small things every two to four hours). I have even gone so far as set an alarm on my watch to make sure I eat something no matter how small, so that I don't have highs and lows through out the day.

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I've been feeling extra hungry lately myself. There is a lot of great advice here: eat fruit, whole grains, fiber , protein, and veggies. Make sure you go back and check your settings for exercise v. calories on the start page. Make sure your current weight is reflected and the amount of calories you are burning everyday. And set your goal. Maybe you are not eating enough? Hope this helps. You are NOT alone!

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Yes this happens 2 me certain days due 2 hormones just try 2 eat healthy food not rich in fat.This is a temporary condition emoticon emoticon

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after taking a quick look at your tracker... i think you should try more whole grains and alot more veggies!

perimeter shop (only buy the stuff around the perimeter of your grocery) for a week or two and add some whole wheat pasta or beans to your diet.

If I am in my calorie range, that gives me the right to lick to bowl!


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lol...It's funny you would say that. That is exactly what I ate the other day. I couldn't stand that hungry nauseated feeling that didn't go away even after 2 glasses of water. I ate an apple and it did go away and held me off till lunch time.

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I know for me sometimes I get extra hungry when I've stepped up my exercise--if you're doing the Bootcamp and doing extra cardio every day, maybe your body needs extra calories in order to not think it's starving. See how it goes on the scale this week, if your body thinks it's starving it will stop losing weight.

And if that's not the case, try eating a little more protein, I find that helps curb my hunger. Good luck!

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Maybe you are eating things that stimulate the appetite instead of satisfying it.
http://www.natural-cure-alternatives.com
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One trick that I've used successfully when I'm just "so hungry" for no particular reason is to eat a piece of whole fruit, wait 15 minutes, eat another piece of fruit, wait 15 minute....repeat until you are full. I've never had to go more than 3 fruits/45 minutes until I finally feel satisfied.

Hang in there.

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I could only guess hormones since it comes and goes at certain times or maybe it's spikes in your metabolism?

As long as your trying to portion yourself and not eating on the point of binging and trying to select healthy foods for your cravings, this isn't necessarily a terrible thing. Just very annoying and have to watch yourself closely.

I find when I eat the wrong thing, like the pastries the other night, the next morning it seems like my body will put me through unbearable hunger pangs all morning long even though I ate the basic things and times I normally would.

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If you have not really exercised or done any strength training recently, you may not be taking in enough protein. I have been having hungry spells too. My metabolism is increasing, but I haven't increased my calories. I bought a big container of soy protein shake mix and have started drinking a protein shake about 30 minutes after the strength training videos. Also eating more fiber and drinking lots of water seems to help too.

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I'm not sure what to tell you. Are you drinking all your water? That sometimes helps.

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That happens to me when Aunt Flo is coming!!! I hate it I do good then she come and I eat all the wrong things:(

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I know what you mean. It may be because you had too few calories the day before. If not, fill up on raw, crunchy vegetables. Definitely stay away from the sugary foods.

Have a great day.
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I was doing great, but right now I am so hungry. I mean really hungry, my stomach is growling. It is like no matter how much I eat I am still hungry. This has been going on for 4 days. I am eating (everything), exercising, and sleeping.
So what is the deal? I am craving food, not junk food, but filling food. Potatoes, chicken, turkey dogs, peanut butter. I have gone though this before, and it usually just goes away. However, this time around it is lasting longer. Anybody know why this happens? I do not fight it, if I am craving it I eat it.
I am not bored, or upset so I know that is not the reason. Well if anyone has an idea as to why this happens let me know.

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