I started using MFP in earnest on Oct 1 2018, when I weighed in at ~202 lbs. It took me about 6 months to lose 35 lbs, about 4-6 months to lose the next ten pounds and since Sept/Oct 2019 I have settled into a range of 156-160, which I have been maintaining for the past year pretty easily. (Stats: 5'9" middle-aged guy). I *may* want to get down to 145 (and my doc is OK with that) but really I am pretty happy at my current weight right now.
I knew when I started losing weight that I wanted to run but I did not want my actual weight loss to depend on running so I lost almost all of my weight using tracking/CICO/portion control. I have always been a big walker but walking never lead to weight loss before I started weighing my food and tracking my calories, so I'm a big believer in weighing and tracking.
In Sept 2019, after having lost 42-45 lbs through tracking, and having gotten down to what I thought of as a healthier weight, I started C25K. Loved it. I kept running until the pandemic hit and then took a break for about 5 weeks and got started back this summer. Taking a break was great as it helped me get over a nascent case of plantar fasciitis, which has not come back. I've been adding miles, conservatively, and spreading my miles across a couple more days per week and am really seeing good improvements in endurance, all injury free (knock on wood.)
The problem now with my miles per week increasing is the RUNGER. It is real. I still track my food, pretty tightly, but I feel like I need more food--even though I am tracking my exercise calories very well and eating them back. Like tonight, my given calories per mfp (set on sedentary) come to 1920, but I exercised an additional 450 calories worth, ate all that back as well, and still could not help but eat a Clif Builder bar. My excuse was that I weighed in at 156 today so I am at the low end of my range, ARGH.
Here's the funny thing. Today was not a run day, it was a regular walking day. I have noticed on my walking days I am actually hungrier than on my run days. Tomorrow I might have a better chance of creating a deficit that cancels out this evening's indiscretion; I'm going to run 5 miles in the morning. Why I think that is odd is because according to my pedometer I burn about the same amount of calories on my walk days as my run days. But I do not understand why I am hungrier on my walk days.
Can anyone give me some advice on how to fight these urges to eat on my walk days? I thought I had this tracking thing down and maintenance had not been that difficult, like I said, before I started increasing my weekly mileage. Why I should be more hungry on my walk days than my run days--that totally baffles me.