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Does the hunger ever go away?


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Today is Day 8.  I'm doing really well and eating basically what I should.  On the days where I've gone over I've supplemented with extra exercise.  I'm motivated and really want to keep going.  My biggest issue is I'm ALWAYS hungry.  I'm eating between 1300 - 1800 calories per day and my calorie deficit is averaging 700 per day.  In part I know I'm just craving more food, but it's more than that.  Any suggestions?  I'm trying to loose around 20 lbs or so.

 

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You would still lose with a smaller deficit and not be as hungry.  Maybe try a 500 cal/day deficit.  Good luck!

First, how many calories do you think you were eating before you started this new regime? Did you frequently eat past "full" before?  If so, then it may take another week or so for your stomach to adjust to the new levels.  But, yes, the hunger WILL go away. 

The biggest key is to eat a little bit of something every few hours.  Once your stomach adjusts, and if you change to smaller meals with snacks in between, you should never be hungry, like that, again.  When you start getting hungry, you eat something.  A piece of fruit.  Nuts.  Something healthy.

Also, I agree with the previous post.  If it's this hard for you now, you run a significant risk of quitting, binging, etc.  Cut back the deficit a little, to 500.  Adjust to that, and then see if you can or want to increase it to 600, 700. 

 

If you deficit is 700 everyday, do not eat under 1900 calories every day.

You are hungry.  Feed you body healthly and it will be good to you.
When I just can't seem to feel full I drink a cup of unsweetened tea and eat a small apple with a bit of low-fat peanut butter on it.
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yes it will definitely take your body some time to get used to different portions. i've always been taught to clean my plate and to get myself full, but managed to control myself through discipline and portion control.

 as for being hungry all the time, try foods that are high volume / low calorie, things like vegetables. when i'm hungry i usually go for my bread (focaccia usually) and a good amount (2 servings) of fried egg whites, and that'll usually fill me up for ~400 calories. or sometimes i'll go with grilled bellpeppers, grilled fish, and stir fried vegetables which fills up my entire plate all for less than 300 calories!

 customize your meals so that you eat what you want as well as things that will make you full. best of luck!

I agree with limiting your deficit to about 500 calories a day, that might help.

Other than that, certain foods always fill me right up for very few calories, maybe they could help you too:

-sugar-free jello (go ahead and eat the whole thing, it's 40 calories)
-fish fillets (I use the frozen kind, 200 cals for two fillets)
-canned soups, under 200 cals a can. Some are even under 100.
-low-fat yogourt sometimes helps
-low-fat microwave popcorn - an entire bag is 320 cals and is bigger than my head.
-eggs!!

Find things that work for you, and on days when you're hungrier, aim for them.

And remember that a maintenance day here and there won't kill you. Sometimes, hunger is just hunger, and it needs to be appeased.

Good luck!!

Yes!  Your stomach will shrink, though it will take a while.  And when it has shrunk, you will look at the amount of food you used to eat and think, ugh, I ate that much (at least that's what happened to me!)

In the meantime,

  • Drink lots of water
  • Broth based soups
  • Veggies
  • Chew gum

When I had that problem, I found that 3 things worked for me.

1. I drink water. Lots. All day. It tricks me into having the full feeling. Besides, it's good for me too.

2. I learned to eat more slowly, regularly, and more often. I had to schedule my day, and now I eat 6 times a day, at the same times every day. Smaller meals let my stomach shrink a little. My body got used to the schedule and isn't usually hungry outside those times.

3. I'm going to get booed for this, but Hydroxycut. I never take the full dose, just half, but it takes the edge off the hunger.

 

You may just want to graze on healthy food all day instead of eating 3 meals.  That way you are allowed to eat every 2-3 hours.  Also keep in mind that we are not eating to feel full.  You just need to satisfy the hunger.  
Some of us have a harder time with hunger than others. I've lost 36 pounds and am finally on maintenance. But I have to admit, while my body has adjusted to a large degree, the hunger has never really left me. I suspect it eventually will but not yet.

I see you have plenty of responses already but I figured that I'd put my two cents in anyway.

I agree with several of the people above, for example:

1. You should eat every small meals/snacks every few hours to keep that metabolism up.  2. Eat high fiber foods (whole wheat breads, almonds, beans, whole fruit) as snacks and have them with a glass of water to inflate that fiber.  3. drink a green, red, or white tea in place of water to give you a break from water  4. Eat more protein, especially the good ones.  Beans/legumes/almonds have a good balance of fiber, carbs and in the case of almonds, cholesterol lowering fats, to keep you full.   5. Eat a lot of whole fruits and even more vegetables.  They usually have a lot of water and fiber and take up a lot of space w/o sacrificing too many calories.  Remember to get a the full spectrum of colors: green, red, blue, white and yellow/orange. 

Balance is the key to everything!!  Good luck

I see you have plenty of responses already but I figured that I'd put my two cents in anyway.

I agree with several of the people above, for example:

1. You should eat every small meals/snacks every few hours to keep that metabolism up.  2. Eat high fiber foods (whole wheat breads, almonds, beans, whole fruit) as snacks and have them with a glass of water to inflate that fiber.  3. drink a green, red, or white tea in place of water to give you a break from water  4. Eat more protein, especially the good ones.  Beans/legumes/almonds have a good balance of fiber, carbs and in the case of almonds, cholesterol lowering fats, to keep you full.   5. Eat a lot of whole fruits and even more vegetables.  They usually have a lot of water and fiber and take up a lot of space w/o sacrificing too many calories.  Remember to get a the full spectrum of colors: green, red, blue, white and yellow/orange. 

Balance is the key to everything!!  Good luck

On the other hand, I found it easier to not feel too hungry by just suffering through the hungry periods and then getting a nice, big dinner so I could go to bed feeling sated.

Everybody's different, so find what works for you.

It works best for me if I have certain foods I'm allowed to "binge" on-

A baked sweet potato topped with fat-free plain greek yogurt and sea salt makes me STUFFED, and packs a good nutritional punch for not many calories.

Baked butternut squash rocks, too.  

I like having some high-protein snacks on hand.  Special K makes a great protein meal bar (I think they come in chocolate and chocolate/peanut butter, I prefer the latter).  They have about 190 calories and enough protein to hold me over for 4 or 5 hours.

Good luck!  It does get easier :) 

It does depend on the person, but I went through that too when I first started to lose weight. I would go all day starving, even though I ate my alloted amount. That started to change about a month into my diet.

Now I don't notice it anymore. It just takes a period of time for your body to adjust to the change in eating habits.

In the meantime, I will also suggest drinking more water. It really does help take some of the hunger pains away. Hope that helps!

Eat fiber rich foods.  You can even try a fiber supplement drink before or after meals - it WILL fill you up!  Drinking water never filled me up for more than the time it took to pee it out but once I added one of those flavored powder fiber supplements - it really worked.  The sugar free orange is good - just make sure it's COLD water and drink it kinda fast or it gets thick and disgusting. 
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