Problems with hunger

EvanKeel
EvanKeel Posts: 1,904 Member
Hi all. New here. I apologize if this is has been discussed in detail before. The nested structure of the search results were kind of tiring to follow.

Here's my problem. I'm hungry. All the time. Eating what appears to be a full meal based on my calorie goal for the day just feels like an appetizer, and I find myself thinking, "That was good. Now what's really for lunch?"

I don't know if that's because the calorie goal is just significantly lower than I'm used to or what.

So what do y'all do when you're hungry but you know you have budget for the rest of the day?
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  • Laurakbg
    Laurakbg Posts: 66
    Hi! There is a great thread on here where people take pictures of their meals and post them. It is a really great way to see how to get the most filling foods for your "money" (calories). I will see if I can find it and link it.

    I also battle with hunger, and two things that help me are:

    - Drink lots of tea. I make a thermal carafe of tea that holds about 40 ounces and probably drink at least 2 per day. If I'm hungry I drink two cups of tea first and then decide whether I am really hungry. Often my tummy is full. I think the warmth and flavor helps more than just water. Yogi brand teas are great - I love the Perfect Energy.

    -Google the recipe for "Weight Watchers Zero Point Vegetable Soup", or message me and I will give you my recipe. This is a filling, nutrient rich soup that is only about 50 calories per cup. It is full of fiber so it is filling. Try eating a cup before meals and in between as a snack.

    Good luck, and keep going! Feel free to friend me. The more you learn, and the more you eat healthily, the easier it gets!
  • jilliew
    jilliew Posts: 255 Member
    Eat protein protein with every meal (lean, preferably - chicken, fish, lean beef, tofu), make an effort to get your dail fibre requirement, drink lots of water, and have healthy protein snacks between meals (my coach reccomends under 200 cal and at least 10g of protein, one in the morning and one before supper, and something before working out if that's what you do).

    That's the stuff that works for me! Hope it helps!
  • jilliew
    jilliew Posts: 255 Member
    Hi! There is a great thread on here where people take pictures of their meals and post them. It is a really great way to see how to get the most filling foods for your "money" (calories). I will see if I can find it and link it.

    I also battle with hunger, and two things that help me are:

    - Drink lots of tea. I make a thermal carafe of tea that holds about 40 ounces and probably drink at least 2 per day. If I'm hungry I drink two cups of tea first and then decide whether I am really hungry. Often my tummy is full. I think the warmth and flavor helps more than just water. Yogi brand teas are great - I love the Perfect Energy.

    -Google the recipe for "Weight Watchers Zero Point Vegetable Soup", or message me and I will give you my recipe. This is a filling, nutrient rich soup that is only about 50 calories per cup. It is full of fiber so it is filling. Try eating a cup before meals and in between as a snack.

    Good luck, and keep going! Feel free to friend me. The more you learn, and the more you eat healthily, the easier it gets!

    BTW, where is this picture thread!? This sounds immensly entertaining to me. I love seeing what other people are eating, because I'm a very inexperienced cook and I need ideas!!
  • annsayegh
    annsayegh Posts: 3 Member
    Upping your excercise will allow you to eat more calories. If you want to eat more, get movin! It really helps!
  • myfitnessnmhoy
    myfitnessnmhoy Posts: 2,105 Member
    1. Start tracking carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Eat these in balance. I was REALLY hungry to start out, but getting them in balance helped a LOT.

    2. Exercise. It earns you more calories. Exercise calories taste the BEST.

    3. Cinnamon gum is awesome. It's like a snack and cinnamon is an appetite suppressant. It got me through a lot of rough hours when I started out.
  • chubby_checkers
    chubby_checkers Posts: 2,353 Member
    Are you hungry hungry or just bored hungry? If you're hungry hungry after eating, you might not have your calorie goal set high enough. Include more protein (as another poster said) and add some fats. Those help me feel full for awhile.
  • lavieboheme1229
    lavieboheme1229 Posts: 448 Member
    When I first started, I was incredibly hungry all the time. Well, I was also 6' and weighed 212 pounds. To get there, you have to stretch your stomach out pretty far. It took about a week or so for my stomach to shrink. In the mean time, I *****ed, groaned, complained. Drank a lot of water. And if you start 200 calories over your goal, and work your way down by 50 or so calories every day, it might help. String cheese is great. an orange. lots of water. and good girlfriends who will listen to you ***** :)
  • Moniqua1
    Moniqua1 Posts: 195 Member
    I had the same problem and found that granola granola granola helps! I eat it for breakfast sometimes, in my yogurt, as a granola bar. I hear it works because your body doesn't break it down quickly so it stays with you. I eat alot of salad (i know, doesn't SOUND filling but its filled with water so you get fuller easier (feel free to add almonds or chicken or fruit or all of it lol) I also snack on raw broccoli and califlower. I'm never hungry and feel like I'm eating too much to fill my calorie requirements.
  • LovelyLifter
    LovelyLifter Posts: 560 Member
    Open your diary


    it would kinda give a better idea of how to help you
  • EmBlazes
    EmBlazes Posts: 374 Member
    Eat protein protein with every meal (lean, preferably - chicken, fish, lean beef, tofu), make an effort to get your dail fibre requirement, drink lots of water, and have healthy protein snacks between meals (my coach reccomends under 200 cal and at least 10g of protein, one in the morning and one before supper, and something before working out if that's what you do).

    That's the stuff that works for me! Hope it helps!

    I concur. Personally I found that when I started going Low GI on my carbs I felt a lot less hungry (so cutting out bread and eating more brown rice and pasta). It's different for everyone though. You might also be able to slightly increase your calories for the day and still lose weight (perhaps not as fast). It might be more sustainable than being hungry all the time.

    Good luck! :flowerforyou:
  • Laurakbg
    Laurakbg Posts: 66
    Here is the link to "Show your Food"

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/612603-what-do-your-meals-look-like-let-me-see-pics

    Also, OP, can you open up your diary? If we see what you are eating we can be more effective in helping you.
  • katilynnegray
    katilynnegray Posts: 98 Member
    bump
  • Elizabeth_C34
    Elizabeth_C34 Posts: 6,376 Member
    It's pretty much impossible for us to help since you have nothing in your food log.

    As for me, I focus on whole grains, lean proteins, and complex carbs to keep me fuller. You just have to keep working at it until you find something that works for you.
  • BodyFuel
    BodyFuel Posts: 13 Member
    Do not skip snacks between meals, this will hold you over. Add a large amount raw veggies to your meals like carrots, celery, etc.
    These fillers help a lot.
  • lkcuts
    lkcuts Posts: 224
    When I first started I was like that too.some days I still am more hungry than other days, depending on what I eat. I just ordered on line, some Shirataki noodles and received them today.
    They have a soluble fiber in them known as glucomannan.Once you eat the noodles they expand in your stomach which is supposed to ward off that hunger and make you feel fuller.
    I just cooked some , added a touch of sesame oil, and 1 teasp of soy. On the side I took a little more sesame oil and flashed cooked (like a wok),chopped green peppers, onion and a little shaved carrot. Added that to my noodles and it was great. I am feeling more satisfied right now but we shall see how long it lasts before dinner. (I ate them for lunch)
    There IS a different texture compared to pasta noodles,but they take on the flavor of whatever you season them with.I think they are gonna be my best friend!
    You do have to watch, as I hear they can constipate you, I take liquid minerals in the morning and an omgega 3 fish oil capsule so hopefully that will counter act that problem.
    They have zero calories,are soy free,gluten free and cholesterol free. I got the sampler packs that came with fettachini,angel hair pasta and rice. I figure anything is worth a try. :wink:
  • EvanKeel
    EvanKeel Posts: 1,904 Member
    Thanks all for the suggestions so far. It's appreciated.

    As requested, I opened my diary..once I found the setting for it.

    As an answer to some questions that have been asked, I do exercise. I just haven't tracked any yet ( day 1 and all). It's combination of cardio and strength training. My food tracking has been really informal before now. I've just tried making better decisions about my meals without thinking specifically about the calories. I suspect this is now insufficient given my current plateau.
  • sandrajune72
    sandrajune72 Posts: 550
    Upping your excercise will allow you to eat more calories. If you want to eat more, get movin! It really helps!

    ^this^ :wink:
  • chachita7
    chachita7 Posts: 996 Member
    There isn't much to go by on your diary but the itty bitty you do have on there shows that you are eating high calorie low protein... up your protein intake by meal, lower the calorie and include snacks during the day... by doing so you will be more satisfied :)

    Best of luck to you...
  • I find this to be and the same for me too, especially within the 1st 2-3 weeks of beginning a calorie controlled diet, I say to myself I have to go through it, or I only eat fruit, such as grapes or bananas. I also try not to eat after 8pm and will only have herbal/normal tea if I am really struggling. The stomach has to shrink and get used to the new portion sizes!!

    I can recommend scrambled egg whites, grapes, bananas, diet cream soda/7up if water is beginning to bore ... oh and baked beans!! (seasoned to desired tastte) I use dried thyme, black pepper etc. I only eat nimbles bread or kingsmill crust away as you can have more later as the calories are low.

    I excercise and have to burn atleast 700cals per session, soo increasing to 1000 as I want my old fitness back.

    All of the above is just TIPS, you know what works for you!

    Good Luck!!
  • Woooolywool
    Woooolywool Posts: 136 Member
    Upping your excercise will allow you to eat more calories. If you want to eat more, get movin! It really helps!

    Precisely!

    I simply think that you should listen to your body. Hungry? Eat something.