Hungry 2 hours after I eat – am I the only one?!

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Sometimes, yes!  I have noticed though that I have a tendency to eat lots of either fruits, vegetables, or carbs, and if I add protein it helps a LOT.  Even just one hard-boiled egg will keep me satisfied for much longer than a whole bowl of cereal would.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

How much are you eating?  I used to have this problem and I ended up realizing that the small, frequent meals advice just didn’t work with my metabolism.  Can you see if increasing the size of your meals helps?  (I don’t count specifically, but I’d estimate that I need minimum 400-500 calories at breakfast and 500-600 at lunch to last anywhere close to the next meal.)

I know for some people, it’s about having more protein or more fiber, but for me it was just that my needs were higher.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

have a small, nutritious, protein-packed snack every 3 hours. make your breakfast and lunch pretty small too so that you watch your overall fat/calorie intake. then have a normal dinner.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m always hungry… the only time I’m full is right after I eat =( 20 minutes goes by and I want to eat… maybe I’m just bored… lol

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

maybe you need  more protein. It makes you feel full longer.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m always hungry! haha.  If you’re eating a really good meal like a protein and a carb together, your body may just be metabolizing it fast.  You may also just have a great metabolism.  I try to eat bananas, they make you feel full for a while.  I’ve also been told to drink water and wait like 10 minutes because sometime we’re actually thirsty and not hungry.  I also get hungry when my blood sugar dips, so I keep a little candy around.  That’s all I got! 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

That’s pretty normal, especially if you’re working out.  I tend to eat at 7:30, 10:30, 12;30, 4:00 and 7:00.  I have 3 well-rounded meals and 2 snacks.  It’s pretty healthy to eat 5 times a day as it keeps your metabolism working and up, all good things!!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Not crazy- a lot of diet plans actually recommend that you snack or do more frequent, smaller meals.  Most people I know that are thin actually eat this way naturally.  I don’t know if they’d be skinny regardless, but it seems a bit of a coincidence.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

So I used to be fat (5′, 135lbs…its a lot for my frame)…and in my quest for getting skinny, and with having a trainer for like ever, i’ve learned A LOT. The below is what i’ve learned:. 

 

It’s actually its much healthier to eat every 2 -3 hours rather than 3 big meals.  Keeps your metabolism constantly moving.  When you eat only 2-3 meals a day, your metabolism slows down, and can even go into starvation mode, meaning that next time you eat – your body will store EVERYTHING because it’s scared of going into starvation mode again. you seem to be eating REALLY healthy, so eating every 2-3 hours is ok. So just try to keep your snacks and meals around 200-300 calories and you should loose weight.

Interesting to note, we’ve had a couple of girls at my gym, my trainer included, who were working their ASSES off, and were not loosing weight.  My trainer teaches this cardio kickboxing class, you burn easily 700-1200 calories in that class. these people were doing 2 of these classes a day, plus weight training – and they werent loosing weight.  It turns out, they werent eating enough. Once they upped their calories to 2000 a day (which um, is a lot!), they literally lost 5 lbs in one week.    Your body needs calories to burn calories.  Its counterintuitive to what we’ve been taught growing up (ie eat less than you burn), but sometimes, you actually need to eat MORE in order to burn.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@oracle: Yes and always in the morning. I snack at 10.30 to 11.00.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Maybe not after 2 hrs, but often after 3.

@Margaritachka: 5′, 135 may be overweight, but it is not fat. 🙂

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@oracle:

You are not eating enough, that’s why you’re hungry, and also why weight loss is a struggle. I just did a quick calculation of your breakfast and lunch, and even with the protein in your breakfasts, that’s about 500 calories. If you want to lose weight, I recommend this: On days you don’t work out, eat 1300 calories minimum, and on days you work out 1500 minimum. Before 2pm, aim to have at least 900 calories and eat the remaining for dinner/snacks.

I’m not a nutritionist, but I did successfully reach my goal weight last year, and I’ve managed to maintain it. When I was dieting, I tracked my calories on sparkpeople.com to make sure I eating the right number, and the weight just came off. I was never hungry. I lost 22 pounds and am now 113lbs. Hadn’t weighed less than 120 since high school and I feel amazing– it really is possible, but not eating enough calories is one of the biggest pitfalls for so many dieters. I know how hard it is, but I promise you, you can succeed! Don’t make it harder than it needs to be.

Try it for two weeks. If you don’t see results, I recommend getting your thyroid levels checked.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

According to everything I learned at weight watchers, it is perfectly normal to have a hunger surge a couple hours after eating. That’s why it is important to schedule healthy snacks. I was told the best late night snack, was whole grain-high fiber cereal, like 1/2 cup of that with 1/2 cup of skim milk and a packet of splenda or equal. That should calm your craving and the high fiber is good for you and less likely to cause weight gain. Another favorite evening snack for me is a sliced apple dipped in fat free vanilla yogurt.

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