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i am constantly hungry/thinking of food...help?

post #1 of 36
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lately ive been constantly thinking about food making me hungry regardless of whether i just ate. for the past 2-3 months ive been exercising more and dieting because im trying to lose roughly 20lbs (only 10 more to go...im 180 right now and 5ft8).

i feel like i eat a lot more, though healthier, than i did when i was overweight and not exercising. i eat filling foods too, like oatmeal and peanut butter for breakfast, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc... the only thing ive really cut out of my diet is sugar.

while i have the willpower to stick to my routine, the constant thinking of food and hunger is making me miserable. what is my body trying to tell me?
post #2 of 36
Eating will help.
post #3 of 36
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Originally Posted by cheessus View Post
lately ive been constantly thinking about food making me hungry regardless of whether i just ate. for the past 2-3 months ive been exercising more and dieting because im trying to lose roughly 20lbs (only 10 more to go...im 180 right now and 5ft8). i feel like i eat a lot more, though healthier, than i did when i was overweight and not exercising. i eat filling foods too, like oatmeal and peanut butter for breakfast, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc... the only thing ive really cut out of my diet is sugar. while i have the willpower to stick to my routine, the constant thinking of food and hunger is making me miserable. what is my body trying to tell me?
The bolded portions are why you are constantly hungry. Your body is telling you that it is not receiving adequate nutrition.
post #4 of 36
I had a similar thing happen to me. I met with a dietician and she suggested more protein for breakfast, dialing back on carbs, more vegetable for bulk and to feel satisfied.
A typical lunch was grilled protein and a huge salad (watch the fat level of dressing).
post #5 of 36
It would seem to me that your carb intake is probably high. High carb intake creates blood sugar spikes and eventually carb cravings. The simpler the carb, in general (sugar is simple), the higher the glycemic index, the faster the sugar enters your bloodstream, more insulin released, systematic process everytime you eat carbs. Also, some studies have shown that diet soda intake and artificial sweetener intake triggers carbohydrate cravings. Both factors may work in unison. Reduce carb intake. Low carb, high protein, moderate fat diet.
post #6 of 36
You need to eat more protein as mentioned and add in a fat with the protein. Fats tend to curb hunger.

I was in great shape all my life- a bit on the skinny end really. At age 16 I was 6'2" 135 pounds. Skinny little bugger I was. Well, after college, grad school, marriage and 2 kids, my weight blossomed up to 240! But i was still skinny fat- big gut, skinny everywhere else.

Over the past two years Ive lost about 40 pounds and am in at age 39 at the best shape of my life. However, as I dieted, I ran into the same issues you had- cravings and hunger. Here is what I do now - in addition to working out hard 6 days a week:


- Eat a good breakfast- not massive, not huge. But a good breakfast. Egg white omelette, some cheese, wheat bread.

Lunch- get your carbs out of the way (btw- avoid all white breads- whole wheat only) have chicken, salad, pasta, anything you want. You cant eliminate carbs but the majority of carbs should come at lunch and breakfast.

Dinner- I eat a small portion of protein and a bit of fat. Mix in a protien shake or two but depending on portions, this should be anywhere form 2000-2500 calories. The protein shake when you get hungry has a good amount of protein and fat and will help you curb the hunger.

Good luck.
post #7 of 36
In short, you would wanna dial back on carbs and increase protein and fat intake.
post #8 of 36
I think about carbs whether or not I'm full, but you may just be SOL like me. If you're actually hungry, you may want to try more saturated fat with your meals. It's always helped me with physical satiation. Mostly protein foods like tuna or chicken without the skin always leave me full, but unsatiated.
post #9 of 36
The skinless chicken breast is man's most despicable creation.
post #10 of 36
Drink a lot more H2O to keep that belly filled with something.

Eat a lot of soup. Soup is filling and satisfying.
post #11 of 36
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Originally Posted by mm84321 View Post
The skinless chicken breast is man's most despicable creation.

Listen to this man, he preaches the gospel. Don't be afraid of fat, it's your friend.
post #12 of 36
Drink more water, fat and protein keep your hunger hormones down, carbohydrates will make you hungry.
post #13 of 36
Also, cook your lean protein in butter
post #14 of 36
You def. need some good saturated fats in your diet to help with satiety.

Try this, grill up some lean protein (fatty cuts from pastured sources only) in some coconut oil (you should watch out and get this from a clean source as well like expeller pressed or first press. Eat it with a big batch of veggies stir fry, a little potato and cultured yogurt with strawberries. That should make you nice and full for a long time.

Farmers used to feed pigs coconut oil to fatten them up but they found out that it was making them lean.

If you are preventing yourself from eating, that is not the solution for long term weight loss, you need to give your body what it needs and work out for maximum results.

Save your bigger portion starchy foods for post-workout.

Personally, I find that whenever I'm craving something, I'll go out and get ingredients to make it at home. Eating until I'm content will keep me from thinking about food for hours.
post #15 of 36
It's funny - the first time a man tries to get control of his diet is the first time he feels empathy for the way girls eat and obsess over diets. A few things that work for me, mostly psychological/strategic: 1) Stay busy. It's hard to stuff your face when your running or doing stuff. 2) Limit options. Don't bring crap home, don't eat in the car, etc. Create firm lines and then you won't be tempted to cross them. 3) Drink water/caffeine and eat fibrous foods. 4) Don't worry about a bad meal or even bad weekend - it's hard to create a 3500+ calorie surplus. The real harm is done by repeatedly overeating, over a long period of time. It's good for your psyche to eat what you want on occasion.
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