Think like a thin person

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I've heard it said that when trying to loose weight we should eat like a thin person.... but thinking like one is becoming the challange for me. I am doing a good job at passing on things that I do not need and not eating when I'm not hungry... and at keeping my protien, carb, fat, and calorie intake mostly regulated. Problem is I am starting to miss that feeling... that completely full, I've eaten all I can possibly eat, satisfied feeling. emoticon It's odd, because I'm not really hungry- but I'm not FULL. I feel like this is likely all in my mind, or some type of brain chemistry issue, not so much my gut. Pushing past it is going to be difficult because this is when I have given in many times in the past. I just got back from a walk, when what I was thinking about doing prior to that was eating. The walk was good, but I still want food... but I am not hungry. I am going to clean the house up, drink some water, and make my kids an after school snack... and I'm not going to eat any of it (even though I will want to). I hope this phase will pass quickly. I am wondering if anyone else has had this experience... and if so, what helped you through? emoticon
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    @MS_SWEATHEART -Thanks! I will sometimes eat a handful of peanuts or something if I'm not too close to my calorie limit for the day. I just try so hard not to go over... even though I do on occasion. It may be boredom at times. I kinda feel it's more like breaking a bad habit, almost like smoking- although I have never smoked myself. I just have urges to eat from time to time, even when I am preoccupied with other things and boredom shouldn't be a factor... neither should hunger. In fact often happens just after I've finished a meal... I'm not hungry, but I don't feel full and my mind is telling me I want more even though my gut feels quite satisfied. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. I hope the same rule applies when you are breaking an old one to form the new one...lol. If that's the case I should only have a couple weeks to go! Thanks for the tips though, I may try an extra low calorie snack and/or additional protein on these days and see if it works for me as well. emoticon
    2021 days ago
    You are not alone. I have those days from time to time, on those days I will eat more protein, because it's filling. I will also eat an extra snack. I usually eat 2 snacks, but on those days, I will eat 3, healthy of course. I think it is a mind thing, because I usually feel like that when I'm bored.
    2021 days ago
    Thanks AMCMASTER- this helps! Sometimes it's just nice to know that whatever it is I'm going through, it's not abnormal and I'm not the only one. I feel less deprived when I know I haven't experienced this alone. :) My goal is the same, 1200-1550. I stay within range most days, but sometimes end up slightly over 1600. No where near what I was eating though. I will get better. Nice to know there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks again!! emoticon
    2021 days ago
    Oh no - you are certainly not the only one to have that experience. I thought it was just me!! I struggled with the same issue. I was eating food that I really enjoy and that met my nutritional needs, but somehow it wasn't satisfying enough because I didn't have that FULL feeling that I equated with having had enough. I am not sure exactly what made the difference for me, but I think consistently eating in my calorie range (mostly!) has played a big part. I've been eating between 1200 - 1550 calories a day since the end of July and I hardly ever think about it now. My body has adjusted to the "new full" and my brain has started to recognize it too.
    This part may sound a little weird, but something else that helps when I'm craving food (usually something particular) when I'm not really hungry is to look through my cookbooks and plan my meals. I don't know why this has worked as a distraction. :) Maybe just knowing that all this delicious food is in my future helps? Brain games! lol
    Something else I've started to do is to plan two snacks everyday - one midmorning and one late afternoon. Just something to think about if you regularly have to fight against eating when your kids have their afternoon snack.
    Hope this helps - good luck! emoticon
    2022 days ago
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