Help! I'm ALWAYS hungry

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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4641 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You need to quit sweets cold turkey, it takes 21 days to break a habit!

Also, you could be hungry because you’re not getting enough protein!! I was the same way but then upped my protein significantly at breakfast.

I get most of my daily intake at breakfast because it keeps me full throughout the day and I don’t snack anymore. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Do you get enough fibre and protein?  If I eat carb heavy foods (even healthy carb heavy foods) I’m not near as full feeling.  I really focus on getting in the max protein and fibre on the day and keeping my sugar intake (even from fruit, etc) low.  

And I drink 2 full glasses of water before every meal.  

I have a hard time knowing when to stop eating.  I don’t have a full switch I have a overfilled switch.  I, personally, think its from a lifetime of swimming.  I had to eat 5-7k calories each day to keep up with my burn from training.  I had to eat well past when I felt full.  So I’ve trained that out of my routine.  As an adult that burns between 2.5 – 3k each day, I can’t eat like I did when I was swimming, but I want to.  

I have to tell myself that I’m done eating and wait for my next snack.  I do try to have something sweet after dinner (and I look forward to it.)  I plan my day out in advance and I eat according to plan.  I’m getting better at knowing when I’m ‘full’.  And remembering that being a little bit hungry is ok.  Hunger is not an emergency.  I will not starve.  And I don’t need to be ‘full’ ALL the time.  You’re supposed to be hungry before you start a meal (I seem to forget this on the regular.) 

If everything fails I snack on vegetables and greek yogurt dip.  If I’m hungry and I don’t want to eat them, I’m not really hungry.  There’s something else at play.  Bored? Sad? Excited? Something along those lines.  

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

wlphilli:  My everyday breakfast is a smoothie. Its boring as fuck, but does the trick.

So I use a handful of kale, handful of spinch, some frozen mango, half of a banana, 1 full scoop of Vega chai protein powder, 1 tbsp. of flax seeds, 1 tbsp. of chia seeds. If I have avocado on hand, I’ll use 1/4 of one.

I always thought my breakfast was fine too.. until I mentioned it to my nutritionist friend.. who said while its not bad, its not useful and if I upped the protein I’d stay fuller longer.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

wlphilli:  The nice part about the smoothie is it goes with you! I’m the same and I just freeze the ingredients in a single baggie, so I dump the contents in the morning as soon as I wake up.. blend with some water and then add the powders. Then I take it with me when I’m ready to go!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

wlphilli:  I eat tons of protein, fiber, etc… I eat clean, work out and eat about every 2-3 hours. And, I still find that some days I have insatiable hunger (especially when PMSing!). I find either brushing my teeth and drinking a ton of water will help stave it off. If it continues, I assume my body is telling me something and I eat a couple ounces of turkey breast or carrots.

If I have a sweet tooth, I do a sugar-free jello, a tblsp of natural peanut butter, a piece of whole wheat toast with strawberry sugar free preserves, etc. 

I also find as my metabolism sped up, the hungrier I got. So, if you work out and eat properly, his could also contribute to your hunger.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

wlphilli:  It worked for me. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. When I began eating clean, fruits just didn’t do the trick. I found that the sugar-free Jello chocolate and vanilla puddings (60 cals, and I would allow myself one a day after dinner) were more satisfying then anything. They are literally also the only sweet that I can actually control myself with. I can’t keep anything else in the house. During the daytime, I would do the sugar-free Jello (gelatin form, and 10 cals). 

Now, I’ve sort of weaned myself away from that, limiting it to a couple days a week. Instead, I will drink a cup of coffee with a stevia and sugar-free hazelnut or vanilla creamer with dinner (I eat at like 5pm, lol). Or, I will slice a small apple up and dip it in chocolate flavored PB2. 

I don’t do smoothies, because even with fruit, they have a lot of sugar… Natural, but still sugar nonetheless. So, I only have one piece of fruit daily. And, my last little trick, is MusclePharm Muscle Gel Shot. They are small flavored packs of creamy gel, appx. 100 cals each, and over 20 grams of protein. Sort of expensive, but worth it to me. I like the banana or mango. The equivalent of a protein shake, without the hassle (and tastes better!).

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

wlphilli:  I second fiber, it could help you stay more satisfied. I feel like when I exercise more, I get more hungry, which makes sense, but is a bit of a downer. 

Also, have you seen that recipe for chocolate banana ice cream? I haven’t tried it, but it looks pretty good: http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2012/08/simple-chocolate-banana-ice-cream.html

I myself am not a believe in cutting things out, but rather adding things in. I don’t like depriving myself and it isn’t really successful for me, but it really depends on your style. Quitting sweets may be for you, but maybe changing your sweets (I love fruit/vegetable smoothies lately, mmmm), could work too.

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