Any tips/ideas/motivation most welcome. Thanks in advance
Drinking water helps me. :)
What has your last meal consisted of? Typically from what I have seen if a diet is lacking in Protein and Fats your going to be hungry shortly after eating, especially on a lowered calorie diet.
I had a small jacket potato with dairy-lee, broccoli, green beans and grilled chicken
Do u think it's just boredom?
How long ago was this meal? It seems pretty low in fat, that could be the culprit, I never could quite fill up on chicken in the past alone. Could very well be boredom, but I would put my money on a diet low in fat. What is the rest of your intake like?
Your meals sound healthy! I think that boredom can certainly play a factor in things. Even as I'm maintaining (not supposed to be hungry), I find that I want to eat even when I know darn well that I've had my share. Try to watch TV or find some activity where your mind simply isn't on food!
I have this same problem. It is driving me nuts! I am getting headaches from being so hungry. I can't snack because most snacks are high in sugars, and I have to lower my sugar intake. I also work 2 jobs most days and veggie snacks aren't possible at night. I am finding that water helps, but too much water is bad too. Maybe try eating less veggies during the day and saving them for at night? You can also get a hobby that uses your hands more! I find that reading helps me.
I'd also recommend decaf tea at night, as it's always very filling. I find that when I drink it, I have to force myself to eat because I'm not hungry!
Also, if you're getting headaches, maybe you should up your calorie intake. Losing weight isn't supposed to be easy, but you shouldn't be hurting your body!
I work out a little while after I have eaten dinner so getting hungry in the evening is typical for me. I try to drink a few glasses of water and to fill up on air popped popcorn. 1-3 cups depending on the time and degree of hunger. It's not high in calories and has a good amount of fiber which will help you feel full for awhile.
I am having this same problem. I have been on CC over the last 4 years off and on and lost 30 lbs at one point then gained it all back because I just couldn't fight the hunger any longer and quit. My hungry time is mostly in the evenings.
This is what I've been told and have come to understand; You will experience some degree of hunger when undertaking a weight loss plan/ decrease in calories. It shouldnt be accessive hunger though. I was told I should expect to feel this for some time while the stomach is shrinking, maybe a few months.
Hot tea like another poster suggested, decaff is what has helped me in the past too.
Making a low cal veggie soup or drinking broth is what has helped me in the past as well.
One thing I have noticed that's very important for me personally is three things; eating breakfast is a must for me. Eating a protein, high fiber and some fat in the morning and dinner really helps curb my appetite. The more protein for me the less hungry I feel.
I would try all these things or a few at a time to see what works for you. I am heading to the farmers market tomorrow to get all the veggies for my veggie soup so I can get back on track too.
Keep yourself busy when you feel hungry. If you have to take a nap or go to bed early so you don't have to think about it; we can always use more sleep :)
Good Luck; sending positive thoughts your way
Take some time to analyze your feelings at night...Are you actually hungry? If you're hungry because of low blood sugar, you probably need to increase the calories you intake at dinner. Possibly, you could be tired, and you need to sleep for energy and not eat. Serotonin levels drop at night and it causes a carbohydrate craving. Finally, habit...if you think you need chips or cookies with your late night tv show, you will trick yourself into feeling hungry for them.
Next time you find yourself night-time hungry; decide if you're in need of sleep, a better meal plan/allowance, or modifying your behavior.