Help! I'm always hungry

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I'm hungry all the time! I exercise most days I try not to eat them back or it feels pointless exercising only eat some I work long hours to I need to lose 5 stone only lost a few pounds I can't stick to the calories. I eat around 16/1700 I think on it just always hungry? Anyone else found this?

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  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 27,992 Member
    edited May 2016
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    If you don't eat your exercise calories, you are not using MFP as it was designed. However, many people consider the burns to be inflated and suggest only eating a percentage, such as 50% back.

    Do you track fiber and are you hitting your fiber target each day? If not, many people swap out sugar or sodium for fiber. More tips on eating foods that satiate you: http://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/fuller/understanding-satiety-feeling-full-after-a-meal.html
  • Afura
    Afura Posts: 2,054 Member
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    Eat back at least half of your exercise calorie if you had MFP calculate your calories. How many pounds are you set to lose each week?
  • rawley69
    rawley69 Posts: 49 Member
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    Yea, it's a sad reality. Just deal with it. You're not going to die. It will get better.
    You are master of your own body.
  • Lean988
    Lean988 Posts: 6 Member
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    I wear a heart rate monitor then I input what I've burnt! Maybe that's the best advice just to get on with it!
  • loopylou2014
    loopylou2014 Posts: 7 Member
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    I've had this on diets before from trying to eat too much of the 'right' foods which weren't filling me up. I've learnt to eat more protein (mostly chicken and turkey), eggs, porridge, and those 'comfort' foods I'm used to. It's possible to eat fairly normally and feel satisfied with strict calorie counting if you avoid empty calories (especially sugar).

    Also, being thirsty is very similar to hunger, make sure you're getting enough water.

    Try going onto a supermarket online shop and trawling your favourites for smaller portion low calorie options, don't just go for salads and veg...sometimes eating a smaller portion of something satisfying is more useful to your diet than a huge plateful of salad.

    Hope you crack it, feeling hungry is a curse, but it's a sign your body isn't getting what it needs...switch things up. Good luck!
  • MelaniaTrump
    MelaniaTrump Posts: 2,694 Member
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    I have also learned to eat more protein.
  • CupcakesMom2
    CupcakesMom2 Posts: 154 Member
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    What I do if I"m hungry and its not time to eat is I will eat an entire cucumber or a whole head of lettuce or a giant plate of steamed vegetables. If I don't want to eat these things then I say to myself how hungry can I really be.
  • SugarySweetheart
    SugarySweetheart Posts: 154 Member
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    Lean988 ....Please hear me when I say ... DO NOT eat your exercise calories!
    Whenever I did that I only maintained my weight. When I ate all my food calories and ignored my exercise calories I started to lose weight and have continued to do so. Whenever I need an extra snack... I keep it small from 50-100 Calories. I hope you do well on your journey. <3
  • JeromeBarry1
    JeromeBarry1 Posts: 10,182 Member
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    Lean988, The protein you need is your present body weight in kilo, expressed as grams. So, whatever you weigh, grams, of protein is what you need. Where are you with that? What is your calorie goal each day? For 5 stone overweight you should have a tdee above 2000 calories. Are you trying to eat below 1200 calories each day? If so, that won't work. Visit tdeecalculator.net and tell the truth. Your body fat percentage is between 30% and 40%. The tdee number you get is the calories you need to maintain your present weight. Choose the "cutting" option. That is the calories you need to stay below to lose 1 lb per week. It is entirely possible that you bit off more than you can chew.
  • jessiethe3rd
    jessiethe3rd Posts: 239 Member
    edited May 2016
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    Maybe it is about what you are eating...

    Calories are very important... But macronutrients are super important. Get your body fat percentage and eat your lean body mass 1.2x in protein.

    You know what makes you feel full? Eating fat. It's 60% of my diet. I cannot eat many of my calories a day but I really try. It's super difficult. Try eating less carbs. I mean a lot less. Like 5% of your overall diet. I eat lots of good fat and have most a significant amount of weight... And its maintainable.

    60/35/5
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,785 Member
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    Different people find different things filling and satisfying. Consider experimenting with the timing & composition of your eating to find the formula that's most satisfying for you.

    By "timing", I mean things like whether you have or skip breakfast, whether you eat 3 bigger meals or 5-6 smaller ones, eat 3 meals plus small snacks between, save some calories for an evening snack, that sort of thing. I also include which meal(s) are calorically largest as part of timing, like whether you do best with a big breakfast vs. big dinner, or even-sized meals through the day, etc.

    By "composition", I mean the mix of macronutrients (protein/fat/carb), micronutrients (vitamins/minerals/etc.) and fiber, within a healthy range of each. Some people find protein satiating, others feel full from (healthy) fats, yet others feel satisfied when they include plenty of high-volume low-calorie foods - usually these are high-fiber veggies. Some people don't feel satisfied without some carbs like bread, pasta or potatoes, while others find that eating those carbs just makes them crave more carbs.

    Try a new approach for a few days. If it's an improvement, stick with it. If not, switch things up again.

    It may help to review your diary at the end of each day, and see which things contributed too many calories for the amount of fullness, nutrition, or tastiness that they gave you. Replace those foods with better choices, and you'll gradually get to a more workable plan.

    Also, if you're struggling, don't try to lose too much, too fast. Perhaps you'd want to cut back your weight loss rate goal to one pound or even 1/2 pound a week at first, get used to eating at that level, adjust the timing/composition stuff, then consider whether a lower calorie goal is achievable.

    You can do this!
  • dlkfox
    dlkfox Posts: 463 Member
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    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    Different people find different things filling and satisfying. Consider experimenting with the timing & composition of your eating to find the formula that's most satisfying for you.

    By "timing", I mean things like whether you have or skip breakfast, whether you eat 3 bigger meals or 5-6 smaller ones, eat 3 meals plus small snacks between, save some calories for an evening snack, that sort of thing. I also include which meal(s) are calorically largest as part of timing, like whether you do best with a big breakfast vs. big dinner, or even-sized meals through the day, etc.

    By "composition", I mean the mix of macronutrients (protein/fat/carb), micronutrients (vitamins/minerals/etc.) and fiber, within a healthy range of each. Some people find protein satiating, others feel full from (healthy) fats, yet others feel satisfied when they include plenty of high-volume low-calorie foods - usually these are high-fiber veggies. Some people don't feel satisfied without some carbs like bread, pasta or potatoes, while others find that eating those carbs just makes them crave more carbs.

    Try a new approach for a few days. If it's an improvement, stick with it. If not, switch things up again.

    It may help to review your diary at the end of each day, and see which things contributed too many calories for the amount of fullness, nutrition, or tastiness that they gave you. Replace those foods with better choices, and you'll gradually get to a more workable plan.

    Also, if you're struggling, don't try to lose too much, too fast. Perhaps you'd want to cut back your weight loss rate goal to one pound or even 1/2 pound a week at first, get used to eating at that level, adjust the timing/composition stuff, then consider whether a lower calorie goal is achievable.

    You can do this!

    ^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^ I can't say it any better. ^^^^^
  • mecoconleche
    mecoconleche Posts: 86 Member
    edited May 2016
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    I am eating between 1700-1800 calories myself, have you tried intermittent fasting?

    When I wake up, I always skip breakfast and eat fruit and 2 cups of black coffee max. Then after 4-8 hours I eat my biggest meal of the day(1200 calories) then the rest on the evening
  • Lean988
    Lean988 Posts: 6 Member
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    Thank you so much for all the advice! I'm going to not rush it no point trying 1200 cals if I can't stick to it then over eat. I was thinking about 5:2 but I can only do my fasting on my days off and I like to socialise them don't know if that would fit into my lifestyle. I'm going to up my calories to lose a pound a week and up the protein to start with. Thanks for all the advice
  • Orphia
    Orphia Posts: 7,097 Member
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    Lean988 wrote: »
    Thank you so much for all the advice! I'm going to not rush it no point trying 1200 cals if I can't stick to it then over eat. I was thinking about 5:2 but I can only do my fasting on my days off and I like to socialise them don't know if that would fit into my lifestyle. I'm going to up my calories to lose a pound a week and up the protein to start with. Thanks for all the advice

    Good plan.

    I lost over 80 lbs in the past year, and I ate back 50-75% of the exercise calories Apple Health or Fitbit Charge HR gave me.

    You've got this.
  • jandsstevenson887
    jandsstevenson887 Posts: 296 Member
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    Lean988 ....Please hear me when I say ... DO NOT eat your exercise calories!
    Whenever I did that I only maintained my weight. When I ate all my food calories and ignored my exercise calories I started to lose weight and have continued to do so. Whenever I need an extra snack... I keep it small from 50-100 Calories. I hope you do well on your journey. <3

    This is terrible advice IMO. I have been eating back 50-75% of my exercise calories and still losing exactly 1lb/week.
  • Jams009
    Jams009 Posts: 345 Member
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    High volume food like veg, salad and soup will fill you up, protein and fat will keep you full for longer. Play with the ratios until you find what works best for you.

    But you will have to accept that you will be hungry at times. Whilst too much hunger can break your willpower and be counterproductive, a little hunger is not going to hurt you.
  • Maxematics
    Maxematics Posts: 2,287 Member
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    Lean988 ....Please hear me when I say ... DO NOT eat your exercise calories!
    Whenever I did that I only maintained my weight. When I ate all my food calories and ignored my exercise calories I started to lose weight and have continued to do so. Whenever I need an extra snack... I keep it small from 50-100 Calories. I hope you do well on your journey. <3

    This is terrible advice IMO. I have been eating back 50-75% of my exercise calories and still losing exactly 1lb/week.

    Agreed. I eat back all my calories from Fitbit and get the results I want. MFP is designed to at least eat a portion of exercise calories back. Aside from MFP's generous exercise burns, hence the suggestion to only eat back a portion if that's the method you use, it usually doesn't work for people due to their own errors on the food logging side of things.
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,342 Member
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    How is your protein and fat intake?
    and what about water? do you drink enough of that?