Here's my story..I weighed 405 lbs in January of 2010. I started working out and watching what I ate. By August of 2011 I was down to 298 lbs. September 2011 was when all hell broke loose--pay cut at work, divorce, usure of job security, lots of bad stuff. I digressed a bit from my lifestyle change and fluctuated between 298-310 lbs for most of the rest of the year. Last Sunday, I weighed myself and I was 320 lbs. I basically gained over 20% of my weight back! 2012 has been a bad year too, my house sold, I had to move, financial issues, etc.
I know when I lost weight the last time I limited my calories to 1500 per day while doing 1 hour of cardio per day plus weights 3-4x a week.
Last Monday, I drank two slim fast shakes, had a few granola bars and ate grilled tilapia for dinner. Last Tuesday I had eggs for breakfast, a shake for lunch and baked chicken for dinner. Had this meal on Wednesday too. Thursday I had two shakes and chicken for dinner. Friday I pretty much let go and ate eggs for breakfast and a burger for dinner. Saturday I had pork chops for breakfast and grilled chicken for dinner and cereal for lunch.
I dropped 10 lbs exactly between last Sunday and this morning. I have been up since 5am and I am usually very hungry in the morning. I am not hungry at all now, which is very bizarre. I don't think my stomach could have shrank that quick... just wondering what's going on here...
I did work out 5 days this past week, albeit one day was very light..like 20 mins of cardio and weights.
Congrats for getting back on track! You body has probably adjust a little to you lower calorie intake...SMILE!..And keep up the good work, I'm rooting for you.
Thank you :) I am leaving for Vegas and California in three weeks. Last Vegas/California trip I put on 4 lbs. That was me being on a cruise and eating bad basically 10 days LOL But I did work out like 5 of the 10 days. Last year when I left for the trip I was 314 lbs. I told myself I want to be 310 by the time I left and I hit it... and I'm still not hungry now, like almost 6 hours after waking up.
Even if you are not hungry you should probably try to eat something, keep the metabolism reved up.
I just had a bowl of cereal and a banana. That should hold me for a few hours and I'll probably have a shake for lunch.
I understand it come on faster then we can get it off.When I'm reeeeeeaaaalllly stressed I stop eating , which is weird since every day stress makes me want to eat but when going through the bad stuff, like separations, deaths ect.... I can eat once a day and be fine.
Have a shake just to keep your sugar balanced and you won't get real hungry.
Hope the rest of the years goes better for you.
First of all, CONGRATS on getting back on the wagon. 10 lbs in that short amount of time is impressive.
As to your question, note obviously I'm not a registered nutritionist or anything so take this with a grain of salt. I'm just telling you what I remember from my biochemistry degree.
I would assume you ate more sugar before last Monday, when you started on your healthier eating. You're on quite a high-protein diet and you're probably eating a lot less refined carbohydrates (baked goods/desserts/candy bars/soda/etc) than you usually do. When you eat less sugar, your body's blood sugar level stops fluctuating wildly (from extreme highs to then extreme lows). When your body stops having these "extreme lows" that follow the highs, it stops sending emergency hunger signals to your brain.
Basically having all that starch and sugar tricked your brain into thinking it's super hungry a few short hours later when in reality what happened is your blood sugar skyrocketed initially and your body down-regulated that amount and now it's super low blood sugar time which equates to "hunger" signal in your body.
By stopping this constant blood sugar high/low cycle you now feel hunger when you're actually hungry. Plus I'm sure your stomach already shrank a tiny bit as well.
Also, I'm worried you're only eating 1500 calories a day when your BMR is probably around 3000 calories a day (BMR calories approximately = body weight x 10). Eating that much less than your BMR calories could A. make it difficult for the diet results to stick and B. might even stall your progress at some point. It's obviously working for you right now but if you do get to a sticking point keep that in mind. :)
Once again, congrats and happy to have you back on board! We're all rooting for you.
Great Job keep up the good work. Try not the let the stress of everyday life effect you lifestyle change CONGRATS so proud of you.