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Less than 1,200 calories, but not hungry


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I am trying to reach my quota of eating over 1,200 calories but the problem is, is that I'm not hungry and feel like I have to gourge myself to reach it (and even when I do it's like thirty calories over or something).  I know this isn't good and I am not afraid to eat over 1,200 calories, but I am not starving myself either when I don't reach my quota.  It's at the end of the day and I have only eaten 870 calories and I feel fine (this includes having two servings of Doritos).  I also work out one hour of moderate exercise at the least (I usually do a half an hour of walking my dog as well which is just a brisk walk) so I don't want to hurt myself.  Thank you very much!!!

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EDIT: Thanks for all the great suggestions!  They all really help.  There are a couple of things I wanted to clear up though.  A lot of you think I am starving myself on purpose.  Totally not the case.  I am not afraid to reach 1,200 calories at all!  My issue was I was eating A LOT of food that had low calories (trying to apply Volumetrics) so by the end of the day I was stuffed and I didn't want to end up overeating or eating bad foods just to get the calories.  Sorry if I confused anyone.

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Hey, if you like the thought of starving your body... go for it!

Eat more. It doesn't have to be on filling, low calorie veggies... a tablespoon of peanut butter will add 90-100 calories to your day. Half an avocado will tack on about 150. Neither of those will bloat you.

Even a glass of juice wont kill you.

I'm having the same problem.  I reach 1000-1100 and feel like I should be done for the day or I reason that I probably underestimated a food when I have likely done the opposite.  However, I'm trying to keep this in mind:  our organs need energy.  Why would I want to harm my liver?

http://caloriecount.about.com/critique-diet-f t141421

from peaches0405 to another poster:  Here is a very rough scientific break down provided by a dietician for a 5' 2", 19 year old female weighing approximately 100 pounds, sitting around all day and doing nothing:

-The heart needs 12% of the calories (144 cals)
-The kidney needs 12% of the calories (144 cals)
-The Liver needs 23% of the calories (276 cals)
-The brain needs 23% of the calories (276 cals)
-The skeletal muscle needs 30% of the calories (360 cals)

Okay, so I'm far from 5'2, 19, and 100 pounds.  But I do know she's right and that I need to feed my body because my organs need food to function.  Instead of thinking less food will help me look better, I'm trying to think of how good food is for me and to eat the right stuff.

 

I don't believe your not hungry--how did you get to the weight you are? Because you weren't hungry, I don't believe it..

Eat some almonds, some walnuts, peanut butter, drink some orange juice, heck drink a coke---do whatever you need to do to get those calories up there. This is for health reasons purely. I'm not pulling this out of my butt, but I research backs me up and I'm too lazy to look....

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I don't believe your not hungry--how did you get to the weight you are? Because you weren't hungry, I don't believe it..

It is possible to lose your sense of hunger when undereating - it's a classic sign that the metabolism is slowing down to compensate for lack of food.

You were eating much more than 1200 pre-diet, so you're perfectly capable of eating more now. Go to the weight-gain forum and look at the high-cal foods list if you need some healthy ideas that won't leave you stuffed.

ETA: I also see from your blog that you lost 2lbs in 3 days. A safe rate of weight loss is 1-2lbs per week - at this rate it is possible to lose just fat rather than fat and muscle, and if you lose muscle you won't be able to burn as many calories.

Adding extra cheese or oil (dressing)  to your salad or meal, eating some walnuts, instead of apple, eating a banana, some grapes... would increase the calories you take.

wow..i wish i had that problem..i can easily get to 1200 and then some..hmmm

It's certainly possible to undereat and not feel hungry.  It's very dangerous.

I underate for about 2 weeks, without any hunger pangs at all.  I was eating maybe 600-800 calories a day, but I was gorging on lean meat and salad.  Neither of which are high in calories.  So my stomach was always "full" - it's just that the calorie intake was very low. 

Gorging on lean meat and salad like that is, I guess, a form of rabbit starvation.  You can eat and eat and eat until you're stuffed, but you're still 'starving.'  After about a week and a half, regardless of how big or skinny you are, diarrhea will set in.  It did for me.  Not pleasant at all.  That's a big warning sign that something is not right, and it's what prompted me to remember the whole rabbit starvation thing.

I promptly injected a lot of fat into my diet the next day.  Most of it was liquid (chocolate whole milk) in order to avoid agitating my intestines.  About 1400 calories, 60%-70% of which were fat.  The diarrhea went away immediately.  The next couple days were also high in fat, but with more solid foods.

Aaaand that's when my stomach woke up and went:  "Wtf were you doing all that time?!"  It punished me with stomach aches.  Nausea hung around for a few days until I readjusted to a 1200+ intake again.  It's finally gone away.  It can be difficult to eat after that sort of nausea sets in, so I don't recommend letting it get that bad.

In summary: Your organs need food, whether you feel hungry or not.

 

Recommended foods:  Sunflower seeds, nuts, olive oil (cooking or salad dressing), cheese, peanut butter, eggs, avocados.  

I don't believe your not hungry--how did you get to the weight you are? Because you weren't hungry, I don't believe it..

Eat some almonds, some walnuts, peanut butter, drink some orange juice, heck drink a coke---do whatever you need to do to get those calories up there. This is for health reasons purely. I'm not pulling this out of my butt, but I research backs me up and I'm too lazy to look....

I'm sorry, but it's completely possible. I eat all day long and have trouble meeting my calories. I'm rarely actually hungry, I eat just because I know I need the calories.

Lots of good suggestions. I want to add you may want to consider revamping your foods and nutritional needs. Eating 1/4 of your daily calories in Doritos is not very good for you.

No kidding.......people that starve themselves generally don't feel hungry. And nothing the odd binge wouldn't help to keep that ball rolling.

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