Post # 1
Hi bees. I’ve been on & off (mostly off LOL) weight watchers for a few years now. I have about 40-50 lbs I’d like to lose (according to those weight/height charts, I should really lose closer to 60, but I’d be happy with a bit less). The hardest part of dieting I find is being hungry all the time.
I’ve tried drinking a ton of water all day long, but all that does is make me have to pee constantly! I try high fiber and high protein foods, but I still find myself getting hungry after a couple of hours. How do you manage to keep your hunger at bay? Are there any particular foods you eat that keep you full for a long time? Do you snack on anything special during the day that keeps you from getting hungry?
I just feel like it’s going to be so difficult to lose this weight, and that doesn’t help motiviate me at all! I hate being hungry all the time =/
Post # 3
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I eat smaller amounts more frequently. I’ll wait for breakfast and have cereal, and then I’ll have a cup of soup, and then some grilled chicken, and then some crackers- I eat when I’m hungry, just not a full meal every time
Post # 4
Try eating an almost equal amount of protein, carbs (good carbs), and healthy fats at each meal, and eat smaller meals 5-6 times a day. After a week or so of doing this, you’ll stop feeling those hunger pains and you’ll have more energy because your blood sugar will be at a steadier level for the majority of the day.
Lean proteins, healthy fats (nuts, olive oil), good carbs (veg, fruits)
It can be a slow process, but with a consistent healthy food intake and exercise level, it will come off. Good luck!
Post # 5
What are you eating to be hungry all the time? I followed a strict 1200 calorie diet for about 6 months, and ate high-protein meals every 3 hours. It kept the hunger away, and also kept the days moving there was always a meal coming up to look forward to!
Post # 7
Most of us who are or have been overweight don’t actually know what the sensation of hunger feels like! You may be confusing the felling of a stomach that is not over distended for hunger.
Weight watchers allows you to have so much food that you should not be feeling hunger at all. I lost my weight on the old program, so am not familiar with the new one, but i understand that fruits and veggies are no points now.
Plan snacks for every couple of hours- fruits and veggies. Use some of your weekly points for things like hummous to have with the veggies, or yogurt to make a smoothie so you are getting small amounts of protein in your snack.
Post # 8
When my husband was doing WW, he would pack several snacks for throughout the workday. Usually lots of fruit and some chocolate granola. He went through so much fruit (and still eats a lot now)! He’d also make sure to load up on lots of veggies at dinner.
Post # 9
I plan out my food in the morning everyday, and keep track of it on myfitnesspal.com
I eat something pretty much every hour. And I eat a TON of veggies for snacks.
Even when I’m not actively trying to lose weight, I keep track on myfitnesspal. It’s really easy, there is an app for phones too, and it keeps me from over eating.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone. I think I am probably eating too many carbs.
For breakfast I usually have quaker instant oatmeal (maple brown & sugar flavor – probably not the healthiest!). Mid-morning snack I have special-K pastry crips (2 tiny crisps for 100 calories). Sometimes I’ll have some watermelon as a snack too. Lunch is usually a lean cuisine or smart ones. Afternoon snack is an apple or carrorts with vegetable dip. Dinner can be anything, though it’s usually pasta or something like that. Desert can also vary. I try to eat those “skinny cow” or WW ice cream snacks. I’ve also baked low-fat muffins (great recipies on skinnytaste.com or from hungry girl). It’s especially hard for me to skip desert, I need to feel like I eat *something* yummy at least once a day (usually something chocolate!!!)!
Post # 11
Eat small amounts throughout the day. It will seem like you are eating more, but you’ll actually be eating less because you’ll have less desire to “fill yourself.”
Try lots of protein. It’s complex and takes time to digest. You can try a protein shake or eat an oat & granola bar with a handful of almonds (or pistachios, cashews, walnuts, whatever you like) and you’ll feel fuller longer. Water is great, but it doesn’t really leave you full.
I eat Kashi Honey flax & almond bars when I get hunger cravings. They’re very “light” but they’re heavy in the digestive corner, so I don’t get hungry while that is being digested.
Edit: Celery is negative calories. You will take more time processing it and burn more calories than you will actually eating it. Eat as much celery as you like if you enjoy it.
Post # 12
If you haven’t been to a WW meeting recently, go and sit in on one. They allow one free meeting to people who are interested in joining (or in your case, just want a refresher – but they don’t need to know that.) Fruits and veggies are all FREE now, no points, except for corn and potatoes. When I’m hungry I eat sliced apples, grapes, strawberries, or half a banana. I also snack on Special K cereal bars – strawberry or blueberry, they are delicious.
Post # 13
High fiber veggies are your friend. I’ve never really felt particularly hungy while dieting – that’s a sign that you’re wasting calories on the wrong foods, or going too extreme!
Post # 14
Protein shakes are great to help curb hunger. They keep you full. I really need to get a blender x_x………
Post # 15
Actually, just read your update where you list your food intake. You’re eating pretty horrific processed food, that’s why you are hungry! Do you know how much sugar instant oatmeal has? yikes!! Step away from the processed convenience “diet” food, and just eat sensibly. Veggies + hummus is just as easy as a special K bar….and a hell of a lot more inexpensive and healthy.
Post # 16
You need to eat higher quality foods–you’re eating a lot of empty calories, and that’s why you’re hungry. Oatmeal is a good choice for breakfast, but those pastry crisps are empty calories. Watermelon is a good choice, but it’s mostly water. Swap those for fresh fruit instead. Apple slices, a peach, some grapes, a banana, even a Lara Bar (NOT a granola or protein bar–those are full of sugar and preservatives). Toss the Lean Cuisines/Smart Ones. Those are full of preservatives and nasty crap–you need real food. Cut back on the pasta. Swap that out for protein like turkey (we use a lot of ground turkey), chicken, or fish and a vegetable side.