Post # 1
I’m on a journey to lose 8 pounds (now just a little more than 6). That’s not as easy as it sounds, as I am 5’1″ and being small makes it kind of hard to get rid of weight.
I’ve started limiting how much I eat to about 1200 calories a day, unless I exercise (which I do almost every day), when I eat more. I use MyFitnessPal to track things. I eat very healthily and always have, but sometimes I have tended to eat too much of a good thing and not exercise enough (grad school!) therefore the need to get thinner again!
The problem is, on days when I can’t exercise much, I am really trying to not eat much more than 1200 calories, so I can keep losing weight when I can’t be active. Even if I have a good breakfast with protein (yogurt or nuts) I am still so hungry! Ugh! Drinking coffee really helps me with that, but the problem is that, in order to enjoy coffee, I have to add milk and sugar– otherwise it just tastes awful. And milk or half-and-half and extra sugar are things I am trying to avoid.
So, what are your methods for not feeling hungry all the time?
Post # 3
I am always hungry. Always. Every minute of every day. It doesn’t matter if I eat high protein, low sugar, whatever. I don’t know what to tell you.
Post # 4
@Creiddylad: Sugar free gum helps a lot.
Post # 5
@Creiddylad: I can’t help you here, I have the same question!
I was told to drink like a camel..
Post # 6
Drink water, LOTS of it. The other thing that helps me is celery. I know it’s so cliche, but at least I’m chewing on something with actual texture, and it’s got enough bulk to help me feel full.
Post # 7
Have a drink, thirst is often confused with hunger.
Post # 8
I’m small like you, too (5’2″) and I could stand to lose 5-6 pounds (seems like the same ones over and over, lol). I usually snack on roasted almonds, and count them out so I don’t get too many calories, or raw carrot sticks. Skim milk helps knock out hunger pains, or V8 juice in one of those little cans. Drink lots of water! And, be sure to get enough protein and healthy fat in your diet to help with satiety after meals.
Post # 9
Drinking water is a way to combat hunger, because a lot of time, hunger can be confused with your bodies need for hydration!
However, there are times where someone/me can be hungry all day long, usually related to my period’s arrival. I settle those cravings by eating fruit, veggies, a handful of walnuts, gum…pretty much foods that are either heart healty, and/or low in calories!!
Post # 10
@Chrysoberyl: I am drinking water as we speak. It works for about 5 minutes and makes me have to pee too often, but any help is good. . . I’m just so tired of being fatter than I want to be, I’m trying as many (healthy) methods as I can!
@JLR1982: Blah, that sucks. I’m starting to find the same thing. . . I do recall that in the past, when for whatever reason, I’ve eaten less for a week or so, my stomach seems to shrink a bit and I need less food. I’m hoping that will happen soon. . . 😛
@irishphoenix: I’ll have to pick some up. I have gum at my desk, but it’s not sugar-free.
Post # 11
I suggest against gum because I have read that it can increase blotting (becauase of the air you swallow when chewing apparently).
What I do is eat a lot of low calorie things like cucumer with lemon, rice cakes, carrots, apple slices, tomatos. Things that satisfy the need to munch but dont pack lbs
Post # 12
@Creiddylad: Yeah, I mean it’s not a miracle cure..but it keeps me my mouth occupied and tricks my stomach into thinking I am eating something. It can get me through until my next meal. Tea with splenda is good too. Or water with the flavoring powders you can add to make it taste more like something other than water. Good luck.
Post # 13
If you replace some of the calorie-heavy(ier) foods that you eat with vegetables, you add volume without the calories, then you can eat more! I find that eating a few small meals (small breakfast, small lunch, 2/3 snacks and small dinner, and then maybe another small snack after diinner) also healps, and definitely, as other posters have said, lots and lots of water!
Post # 14
Oh and air-popped sugar and salt-free pop-corn! keeps your mouth occupied, fills your belly and it’s light in calories!
Post # 15
I’m in a similar situation. I’m 5’2″ and trying to lose the last 8 pounds to reach my goal weight of 110. I sip on low calorie hot chocolate when I need a lift, I drink plenty of water and I try to distract myself. I do try to eat over 1200 calories a day though, to stop my metabolism slowing down. I aim for anything between 1200 and 1500. In a few months I’ve gone from 130 to 118 🙂
Post # 16
I am the exact same way! I am ALWAYS hungry. I hate it because it seems like my FI never is. I try to chew gum when I get hungry and drink lots of water, but it never seems to work. I will do good for a couple of weeks then I just get fed up and eat absolutely everything in site. It’s terrible. I only want to lose around 8-10 pounds as well (mainly just loose a little stomach flab and tone up). I am on MFP too and I am doing Jillian Michaels 30 DS..and I lost 5 pounds the first 2 weeks! Then guess what I did? Ate like a pig for an entire week and gained it back. Blah! I wish there was a secret, but I guess there isn’t.