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RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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3/7/13 8:35 A

It does take time for your body to adjust. I started this in mid-December and spent pretty much all of the next four to six weeks hungry. Now I rarely feel like that. I do get hungry when I need to eat, but it's more normal if that makes sense, it's not a big deal. So to some extent you really can just push through it and expect to feel better eventually.

However, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. These are changes we're making for the rest of our lives, right? So in the greater scheme of things, if eating something when you're feeling really bad means your calorie deficit is smaller than it would otherwise have been on a given day, and it takes you X+1 months instead of X months to lose the weight because of that -- who cares? Eat if you really need to -- if you're really hungry -- and don't feel guilty about it, just keep the amount small (most of my emergency snacks back in the day ran 2-300 calories roughly) and the food "real", not junk, and things will be fine. I don't think that snacking for other reasons is ever helpful, but for real honest hunger, you betcha.

Also -- if you want to do it for health reasons, then that's fine, but cutting out staples like rice and pasta and bread is not necessary for weight loss. Depends on your priorities.

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3/6/13 10:31 P

I agree. If you desire help to be successful in your new nutritional and health endeavors you may want to share your nutritional tracker publicly. I also wanted you to know that you are also correct. Whenever you make changes to your behavioural habits your body needs time to adjust. For example if your body is used to ingesting 3000-3500 calories and now you are eating 1200-1500 calories that is quite a caloric deficit. Your body will start to feel like it is starving. That is actually part of the process and will eventually subside over time. It is important that you make small adjustments over time. If you are still finding difficulty you may need to consult your physician before continuing. I hope all this helps. Good luck on your journey.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (256,922)
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3/6/13 10:18 P

First, ask yourself if it really IS hunger, or if it is appetite. The two things are quite different.

If it is hunger and you have tummy rumbles or hunger pain; or if you feel a little light-headed or nauseous, then eat more.

Often this happens when we make a lot of sudden changes, not only with WHAT we eat, but how much. You have been on this journey again for a week, and as you have cut out so much, so quickly, I would be inclined to think that you made too many changes. There is no need to cut out Rice or Pasta - they DO have a place in your diet if you like them. Just go for brown rice of wholemeal pasta so you have more fibre and less of the healthy nutrients are lost. You do still need to use portion control, tho'!

I would go back to what you were doing to start with and then apply the baby steps method and gradually work on making the changes. Allow your mind/body to get used to them before adding something else to the mix.

The next thing to think about is what calories are you consuming, and what exercise are you doing? A lot of people think that because a range given may be, say - 1200-1600 calories, that eating 1200 calories is best. Be aware that THAT is only for an average weight woman who has a very sedentary lifestyle. Heavier people need more, and then when you do exercise or are active, you need more again. Sounds silly? ......... Maybe, but that is the reality!

Good luck,

3/6/13 10:02 P

A couple of thoughts:
1. It's okay to be hungry once in a while. In this land of plenty, our next meal will be there, and if we're hungry, we'll really enjoy it.
2. Use this site's recipes. I just found a light veggie frittata recipe that leaves me stuffed.
3. Big salads are our friends: lots of veggies, and then a bit of protein on top, like lite feta cheese, or tuna, or Coach Nicole's peanut dressing.
4. After dinner, drink only herb tea. If hunger attacks, turn off the tv and go to bed. I am a touch hungry right now, but I'm heading to bed, and won't my morning oatmeal taste amazing!

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3/6/13 9:46 P

Good for you, for making the decision to cut out the processed carbs - emoticon emoticon emoticon Y'know, I used to have sky-high triglycerides (310), and I've gotten them way down into the normal range by giving up those things. Like you, I'm a grazer, and I have an appetite out the wazoo (what IS a wazoo, anyway?? emoticon )

What I had to learn to do - and it was a real shocker for me, a complete departure from the way I'd shopped for food before - was to do most of my grocery shopping around the PERIMETER of the store, instead of in the middle, where the rice, bread, crackers, cookies, noodles, and other prepared foods are. You know who told me to do this? My internist...when he saw my lousy blood work emoticon

So this meant a completely different way of cooking and eating. But following it helped me to lose about 75 lbs. within a year's time. Due to some mobility problems, my exercise options are limited - so it was all through diet that I did this, for the most part. And I was 58 at the time, too, so not exactly with a knock-your-socks-off metabolism at that age. I found I could use fat-free dressings and put together endless combinations with things like low-sodium soy sauce, a tiny bit of sesame oil (like 1/2 tsp. is plenty), a little ginger, and a little garlic plus a bit of artificial sweetener and voilĂ  - instant Asian dressing, which I use for everything from fresh slices of cucumber to combinations of sliced red, yellow, and green pepper, etc. You can take a tablespoon of Hellmann's Reduced Fat Mayo for 15 cal. and combine it with about 1/4 c. fat-free Greek yogurt and add dry French onion dip mix for a phenomenal low-cal dip for veggies, too. There are endless possibilities, believe me - and you can probably find tons of these in Spark's recipes. You're going to surprise yourself: You will get to LOVE fresh veggies and fruit! I have...and I never thought that was possible. I rarely have processed carbs anymore and don't miss 'em.

There's even a fat-free American cheese, Kraft Fat-Free Singles, which log in at 30 calories. They melt BEAUTIFULLY!

You need - you DESERVE - to feel full and satisfied, or this whole weight-loss thing becomes close to impossible. It's no wonder you say it's hard to stay motivated when you're so hungry - that's only natural. Yes, it will take time and some exploration to get used to this new way of eating, but when you do, I can tell you from my own experience that you'll love it...and your body will reflect all the changes you make.

Be sure to track what you eat every day and stay within the limits you've established, and the best of luck to you.

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3/6/13 8:58 P

You don't have your trackers shared, so it's difficult to make suggestions without knowing what you're actually eating.

What is your current calorie range, activity level (how many calories burned per week) and how much are you actually eating each day? What's your weight/height/weekly weight loss goal? What's a typical menu for you? (Sharing your nutrition tracker publicly would be VERY helpful.

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3/6/13 8:53 P

I've been trying to eat healthy again for about a week now. I've mostly cut out processed/packaged food, sugar, white flour/pasta/rice. I've been trying to eat 5 or 6 small meals a day, but I'm still finding that I feel REALLY hungry. All the time, even after I eat! I feel like I'm balancing my meals out with protein, carbs and healthy fats so I don't know what's happening.

Could it be that my body just isn't used to it yet? Does it take awhile for my body to get accustomed to eating healthy? Should I push through the hunger?

I'm sorry if this seems like a silly question, it's just that it's hard to stay motivated when I'm hungry all the time!

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