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164cm, recently lost all the 'vanity' weight I wanted (54 kilos to 49) and I've happily maintained this weight for a month WITHOUT counting calories (I count only one day of the week to make sure I'm on 2000-2200) but the past week I've been eating SO MUCH. I feel like a food hoover!

It started last Saturday where I had 3 bowls of cereal with whole milk, an egg and three pieces of toast with butter and jam for breakfast...accompanied shortly with a snickers bar and a carrot...

And that was just breakfast! Id constantly snack the rest of the day..I've counted the calories for the past week and everyday was 2700-3500calories and sometimes with things unaccounted for! And of course, I'm over on all my macro-nutrients, esp saturated fat.

And to top it all off, apart from 30minutes of walking a day, all I've been doing is sitting on my arse revising for exams and shovelling anything edible down my throat! 
I literally am a 'bottomless pit'! 
Any suggestions as to where this hunger has sprung from? Im going to weigh myself tomorrow to see if any damage has been done!

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possibly hormones. and if it was just a day or two, the scale probably hasnt budged :) congrats on maintaining so well!!
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Sounds like you don't have much to do. Walk more. If you're eating that much you're giving in to cravings too much. You know cravings only last 5 minutes, right? Oh, and if you think you're "hungry" but you want pizza or ice cream and a healthy alternative won't do, it's a craving. Real hunger is when you'll eat anything. 

 

Too long didn't read: Exercise when you feel hungry. 

I am and have always been a "bottomless pit". While I have never struggled with weight problems, I do exercise quite a bit. I recommend you exercise instead of worrying over eating what you may think is too many calories.

It's probably because, at a BMI of 18.2, you're underweight.  It's good that you seem to generally be eating a good amount but it could be that your body needs more.  You could try to up your calories a little with healthy foods (particularly healthy fats, which really help stop cravings- nuts, nut butters, oils, etc.) and see if the ravenous hunger stops.  On the other hand, it could be the stress of studying that's making you hungry, or even a lack of exercise (I personally don't crave as many unhealthy foods when I exercise)- either way, exercising more can help.  It relieves stress and raises endorphin levels so you don't need to turn to food for that comforting feeling.  It doesn't have to be a lot of exercise- and the best thing to do would be some sort of strength training.  Ever checked out www.bodyrock.tv?  There are a lot of really great, short workouts there (average workout is about 15 minutes long, but it ranges from the shortest being 4 minutes long to the longest being over an hour long, so you can do whatever you have time for or feel like that day).  Also, they have many equipment-free exercise routines that you can find here.  But again, you are underweight so remember to up your calories if you start exercising more or else your body will just fall into reactive eating, which it seems to be doing right now.  

Good luck and hope you continue to feel really good about your body!

Okay, so I weighed myself today and I'm at 50, so I think I'll do what everyone has suggested and up the exercise, I have a stationery bike I should be using... That body rock website looks good, thanks for suggesting! I might stop calorie counting and just track my weight instead, 'listen to my body'. P.s, bmi of 18.2, but I have nothing in the way of muscle :')
That's good, see u probably needed it then ... Just try to make healthy food choices and don't always give in quickly to treats And glad u are doing well without counting calories ... I honestly feel strange that so many of us get into this habit of counting . I mean I guess to control weight it's good and these days it held with all the food thats out there, but I don't think humans were meant to count every calorie that goes in lol ... Our ancestors would laugh at us for all this silliness
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Okay, so I weighed myself today and I'm at 50, so I think I'll do what everyone has suggested and up the exercise, I have a stationery bike I should be using... That body rock website looks good, thanks for suggesting! I might stop calorie counting and just track my weight instead, 'listen to my body'. P.s, bmi of 18.2, but I have nothing in the way of muscle :')

if your BMI is that low i'd say NO do NOT exercise to blunt your metabolism OR burn calories--you can stand to gain a few pounds. your body is probably speaking to you--listen!

Original Post by hermitmanner:

Okay, so I weighed myself today and I'm at 50, so I think I'll do what everyone has suggested and up the exercise, I have a stationery bike I should be using... That body rock website looks good, thanks for suggesting! I might stop calorie counting and just track my weight instead, 'listen to my body'. P.s, bmi of 18.2, but I have nothing in the way of muscle :')

You actually do need to gain a little weight- especially if you're a teenager and still growing! When you exercise, do a lot of strength training and try to get that bmi up a few points- continue eating enough to gain until you're around 18.5-19 at the very least. You might just be hungry because your body is communicating to your brain that you're lacking essential body fat or even nutrients if your macros are all over the place. Try to get a lot of your calories from protein and fat and eat as fresh as possible. 

Hmm, okay, I'll try ditching the bike and swap it with strength training instead...thanks for the advice guys, and I'm totally listening to my body right now anyway :3 P.s, am I too young to lift weights?

not to young to lift weights--just don't push yourself too hard and give your body adequate rest.

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