Post # 1
I’m finding that I’m hungry 2 hours after I eat. I have bfast around 8, and by 10am I’m finding I want a snack. Same thing after lunch. Dinner is the only time I don’t crave something afterwards.
I find it a little bizarre that I want to eat something 2 hours after a well-rounded meal. I’m starting to feel crazy – like I’m eating ALL the time. I’m trying to cut down on snacks (even if they are healthy snacks).
Does anyone else go through this?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
maybe you need more protein. It makes you feel full longer.
Post # 8
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 # 9
Sorry – should have posted what I’m eating – it’s all protein rich and carb (veggies) centric.
For b’fast I’ll do a veggie/egg scramble: today was 1 whole egg + 1 egg white + a ton of asparagus and some onions. (That’s pretty standard, with the veggie mixing it up and sometimes using 2 whole eggs instead of whites (or throwing in more whites if I’m particularly hungry)) On my workout days, I’ll add some additional protein in there (either a some chicken or turkey – prob 2oz or so). I also try to drink at least 16oz of water in the morning and will have 2 cups of coffee. I don’t think I’m dehydrated, but maybe the coffee is sucking up the water and making me hungry??
For lunch I’ll do about 6 oz of protein (chicken, tuna, turkey, ground beef, etc) with a bunch of lettuce or spinach, tomato and 1/2 an avocado (sometimes not the avocado).
I’m trying to lean-out and drop weight (10-15 lbs) (currently 5″6.5, 150lbs) – and I figure I’m having enough food in those 2 meals and I should be satiated… maybe I need to work in a little more fat into my b’fast to keep me fuller longer… I’m playing around with omitting fruit out of my diet, as I think the banana I was eating for a mid-morning snack and the orange I was eating for my mid-afternoon snack was not doing me any favors from a weight loss standpoint (I can gain crazy amounts of weight in a short time when I add sugar to my diet).
Was just feeling crazy today as I reached for a snack (my go-to snack are almonds I have at my desk) at 10am like clockwork!
Post # 10
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
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
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
@oracle: Yes and always in the morning. I snack at 10.30 to 11.00.
Post # 14
Maybe not after 2 hrs, but often after 3.
@Margaritachka: 5′, 135 may be overweight, but it is not fat. 🙂
Post # 15
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
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.