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Why do I feel hungry all the time?


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I am in the middle of my second week of dieting.  I generally eat about 800-900 calories less then I burn per day.  I've noticed that lately I seem to feel hungry all the time, even during the middle of the night.  At first I figured my stomach was just having to adjust to the new amount of food it receives.  I thought it would have adjusted by now.

I watch what I eat very carefully and am trying to get the most out of my calories (1477 per day.)  I eat a lot of veggies (more then anything else), whole grains (whole wheat pita, bread, pasta) and chicken, fish and lean red meats.  I use fat free mayo, olive oil, some butter, low fat dressings and vinegarette.  I feel like I'm eating often but at night I feel hungry.  I am not sure if it's just my mind trying to trick me or if my body is truly hungry.  I drink at least 3 of the propel sized water bottles of just plain water per day.

I have been going to the gym the last 3 days and work out for an hour at high intensity.

Is anyone else feeling this way?  Am I not eating enough calories?  According to the Biggest Loser, to lose weight you should eat 7 calories per pound of your body weight and to maintain you should eat 12 calories per pound of body weight.  So as I lose weight (2.8lbs. so far), I adjust my caloric intake to maintain 7 calories per pound of body weight. 

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try switching to full fat and drinking something other than that propel (fake sugar can cause cravings as does the sugar in low fat stuff)

make sure your are getting enough protien and fat. i get hungry when i am low on those and carb heavy.

your brain is being greedy that why you are always hungry, tell your brain to STOP! being #$%& greddy you don't need that much stored fat. geshh brain don't be so greddy i'm not hungry!
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Apparently I  wasn't clear...I only use the Propel bottle.  I do NOT drink Propel (I think it tastes nasty) but I use the propel bottle and fill it with filtered water.  I was only referencing the bottle to give an idea of how much water I consume per day.

What does your nutritional analysis look like?  are your meals carb heavy. I only ask because if I end my day with carbs (unless veggies/fruit), I am very hungry when I wake up in the morning. 

Also -- if I eat regular cereal (to include Cheerios) for breakfast, I have to split it into two breakfasts about 2 hours apart -- because I get hungry in between.  On the other hand, if I eat a lot of protein at breakfast from high protein cereal or eggs -- I do not get hungry at all.

If you eat meals with fat/protein/carbs at every meal you are less likely to feel hungry in between meals.

I am not advocating a low-carb diet -- I, myself, look for a 15-20% fat, 20-25% protein, and 50-55% carbohydrate -- carbs have a place in everyone's diet.

I have the same problem. I frankly wonder if it's really possible to lose weight without feeling hungry. After all, if that were possible, would anyone have a weight problem? We're consuming less than we are burning so our body is using the stored fat. Seems like it would be natural for our bodies to tell us we're hungry.

Having said that, I do think there are things we can do to make it manageable. I think I was overdoing it for a while by cutting out more fat than is healthy. Our bodies do need some. So I got rid of the fat-free foods and just concentrate now on making sure my meals are balanced and within my caloric allowance.

You don't have to be hungry to lose weight.  Hunger can be attributed to a lot of things,  although I believe generally people feel physical hunger due to low blood sugar.  But a lot of what hunger and satiety feels like is psychological.  Some people can eat very little and feel very (even overly) satiated.

If a person keeps their blood sugar levels controlled throughout the day they're a lot less likely to feel hunger.  I would suggest, if you've cut back a lot calorically, to spread your meals out throughout the day to avoid it dipping between meals.  If you already do this then you may want to take a look at what types of things you're eating.  Otherwise I would give it a little more time.  When I started exercising I noticed that my stomach growled a lot too.  I just attributed it to the change in diet/activity and it went away.  Now the only times I ever actually feel somewhat hungry is between breakfast and lunch if I've eaten a light breakfast.

There is no single dietary approach that is right for everyone, especially with regard to the need for protein and carbs. ~ Dr. Leo Galland.

Thought I'd share this information about lower carb diets, in case that's helpful.

And also will share my own experience.  I also used to feel hungry all the time.  Generally speaking I would just tolerate the hunger.  I counted my calories using the food log on this site and was determined to do this "the right way".

I will spare you the long story, but will tell you that on my doctor's orders last May, I have eliminated a few foods from my diet:  Wheat, dairy, corn, refined sugar and most root vegetables.

Whenever I tell people this, I usually get gasps of alarm or wails of You can't possibly give up those foods forever?!

I intend to.  Because since I gave up those foods, I haven't felt hungry at all - even eating at the same level of calories as I was eating before.  My ratio is more like 30% protein, 30% fat, 40% carbs.  I've lost 20 lbs since May 30.  I feel energetic... In fact I feel better than ever.

So again -- what I'm doing WOULD NOT BE THE RIGHT APPROACH for many people.  But for me, it is. My body has a problem metabolizing sugars and starches.  I have a sensitivity to wheat, dairy and corn.  I do better without those foods. 

Why would I go back to eating foods that make me feel miserable?

I don't know if your hunger is caused by the same or similary issues, but I would suggest that you track what you eat carefully and make notes in a diary about foods that you notice make you feel bloated or sluggish or extra hungry.  Then try to cut that food out for two weeks and see if you feel different.  Eat that food again and see if you notice the same symptoms.  If you do, then that food is not your friend.  :)

I do feel hungry at times which is not a bad feeling - it means our body is metabolizng more effectively and we are eating when we are hungry.

However, one suggestion that I read that was really helpful for me was that certain foods will make us feel more full than others - foods that are higher in fibre and higher in water content.  Also, trying to have some protein at each meal may also help with feelings of hunger.   

Good dieting! 

 

 

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I don't mean to go all girlie on you, but what time of the month are you in your cycle?  If you have noticed a change just in the last couple of days, and your weren't as hungry when you first started dieting, it might be because of the time of the month it is for you.  I find that about 1 to 1 1/2 weeks before my period starts I am super hungry for 3 or 4 days.  I never think much of it at the time, but it seems to be a pattern so maybe that will help you.  Keep track of how long your major hunger pains seem to last, and if it is only for a couple of days, maybe that's why!
I can relate to that,,, I think when loosing,, wt,, your stomach needs some time to shrink itself... Also,, i think you shock your body, because its use to having more,, I was more hungery in the beginning of the diet,, its become alot more comftorable now
3 things which helped me recently:

Stopped drinking coffee!  I could not believe what a difference this made.  Something about the caffeine causing hunger...sure I want coffee but it's worth it to not be hungry all the time.

Started eating a protein-rich food at (almost) every meal!  This was difficult, I'm making myself eat more chicken, fish, and cottage cheese.  But basically just making sure 20 - 25 percent of calories come from protein like someone else said...I was getting about 12-15% before.   

Split meals into 6 meals a day, about 300 calories each.

Anyway these tweaks have helped me not be hungry on less calories...1800 - 2000 a day instead of 2300 and up like before. 

I was told to always include some protein with my meals including breakfast.  If you can have higher fibre foods, that will also fill you up - raspberries are high fibre, eat whole wheat, etc.

I actually like the feeling of being a bit hungry - if I'm eating and not feeling hungry that's not good.

 

Try all of the suggestions people have made so far before this, but...

I found that I wasn't able to tolerate more than a 500 cal deficit without feeling hungry. If I limited the deficit to 500, I was fine.  With that deficit, I lost 4 lbs per month regularly.


I also found that eating protein and fat with meals, having fiber in the form of fruit and vegetables, and having whole grain instead of white carbs helped reduce feelings of hunger. But those changes weren't enough, I also needed a smaller defict.

That 'The Biggest Loser' theory sounds whack--according to that, to lose weight, I'd only get to eat 861 calories a day! And I'd maintain on 1476! I eat 1500-1700 a day (lightly active) and am losing weight still--a lot slower now that I'm close to my goal, but still losing.

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Original Post by damogg:

I am in the middle of my second week of dieting.  I generally eat about 800-900 calories less then I burn per day.  I've noticed that lately I seem to feel hungry all the time, even during the middle of the night.  At first I figured my stomach was just having to adjust to the new amount of food it receives.  I thought it would have adjusted by now.

I watch what I eat very carefully and am trying to get the most out of my calories (1477 per day.)  I eat a lot of veggies (more then anything else), whole grains (whole wheat pita, bread, pasta) and chicken, fish and lean red meats.  I use fat free mayo, olive oil, some butter, low fat dressings and vinegarette.  I feel like I'm eating often but at night I feel hungry.  I am not sure if it's just my mind trying to trick me or if my body is truly hungry.  I drink at least 3 of the propel sized water bottles of just plain water per day.

I have been going to the gym the last 3 days and work out for an hour at high intensity.

Is anyone else feeling this way?  Am I not eating enough calories?  According to the Biggest Loser, to lose weight you should eat 7 calories per pound of your body weight and to maintain you should eat 12 calories per pound of body weight.  So as I lose weight (2.8lbs. so far), I adjust my caloric intake to maintain 7 calories per pound of body weight. 

Sorry to veer off topic but ...that biggest loser calculation sounds interesting - is it from the tv show ? (I live in England, but I'm from America, so I see it occasionally when I go back home).

For me, that would mean to maintain I need to eat 2232 cals (12 x 186 lbs)

and to lose I need to eat 1302 (7 x 186 lbs). 

CC says I burn 1900 a day, and that I need to eat 1200 per day to lose weight. 

I wonder which calculation is more accurate? 

Also, does the biggest loser calculation take sex into account?  It's my understanding that a man who is the same height and weight as me can eat more than me, because his body will have more muscle, and therefore he will have a higher metabolism?  But maybe I'm wrong on this ...? 

And what about age? 

 

I have this happening to me i am 47 and on this site doing about 1200 calories daily started in march easter weekend i lost common sense and i have been candy nearly evreyday i am so mad at myself for this the last 2 weeks i eat and my stomach growls and i am hungry ? All day this awful i think i created a problem please help :( i was doing good too
I have this happening to me i am 47 and on this site doing about 1200 calories daily started in march easter weekend i lost common sense and i have been candy nearly evreyday i am so mad at myself for this the last 2 weeks i eat and my stomach growls and i am hungry ? All day this awful i think i created a problem please help :( i was doing good too
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7 lbs x body weight to lose weight sounds drastically low! Im 147 lbs so that would mean only eating 1029 calories per day...UNDER the recommended 1200. That sounds like starvation mode.

I too am hungry all the time.  I used to eat tons of carbs and fats and now Im eating tons of salads, it just doesnt satisfy the hunger no matter how many fruits and veggies I eat. I sooo crave chocolate cake all the time, and Ive been eating healthy for a couple months now.

When does it stop? I dont know but like you Im always hungry and I eat about 1500 calories per day.

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