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Dieting - How do you fight hunger?

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I almost put this in DT, since it seems like a stupid problem, but then I figured, what the heck it's a serious and very specific question to me. So - I have consistently failed in my diets because I cannot find a way of consistently resisting hunger. I want to learn how people have resisted those hunger pangs. What are some tips and best practices that you follow(ed)? Read any 'hunger-specific' books or learnt any strategies? Smaller and more portions? Plain old fashioned willpower (does not work for me)? Hypnosis? You read a book? I'm don't want to know about exercises or food content because I'm covered there. I just want to learn practical strategies and tactics on combating hunger. Finally, I'm asking the question because one year ago I gave up smoking cigarettes, and it was not willpower alone. I read a book, planned a strategy, followed certain rules....and succeeded. I want to know if I can do something similar again. So now I'm searching to develop a strategy against hunger. I know exercise, I know portion control, I know food content....but I don't know hunger. Thanks.
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adderall
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If you are truly eating healthy, putting down 2000-2500 clean calories becomes a task.
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Thanks for the suggestions, but I'm not looking to go the pharmaceutical route yet.

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If you are truly eating healthy, putting down 2000-2500 clean calories becomes a task.

Interesting concept; where I can research this more?
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^ Eating healthy entails minimal bread/starch/pasta etc... which would be the bulk of your calories from carbohydrates. If you look up nutrition facts for most green leafy vegetables (or most vegetables other than starchy ones like potatoes, etc.) then you'll see that they have very little caloric content, while their nutrients to calories ratio is enormous. Therefore, the bulk of your calories will be from protein and fat (so your meat essentially), and it is difficult at least for me to put down 1000-1500+ calories of meat a day.
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So in essence it becomes a low carb diet, yes?
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So in essence it becomes a low carb diet, yes?
Starving is completely unnecessary. You must avoid processed foods and stick to things found in the periphery of the supermarket -> fruits, vegetables, meat, some dairy, some eggs. Soup is also good. Get some Sriracha Sauce and some non sugar Marinara Sauce. Microwave a bowl of frozen mixed vegetables, mix in some tablespoons of Marinara Sauce and you've got a filling lunch. Have an omlette with Sriracha Sauce, the stuff makes anything taste really good. Read "Fit for Life" by Harvey Diamond. It's $8. I lost 1/3rd of my body weight thanks to the eating program in that book. I never get hungry.
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Eating vegetables which are complex carbs make digestion take longer and help curb hunger pangs. For example, a vegetable omelet in the morning will last much longer than cereal and starchy foods because the veggies take longer to digest.
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I almost put this in DT, since it seems like a stupid problem, but then I figured, what the heck it's a serious and very specific question to me.

So - I have consistently failed in my diets because I cannot find a way of consistently resisting hunger.

I want to learn how people have resisted those hunger pangs. What are some tips and best practices that you follow(ed)? Read any 'hunger-specific' books or learnt any strategies?

Smaller and more portions? Plain old fashioned willpower (does not work for me)? Hypnosis? You read a book?

I'm don't want to know about exercises or food content because I'm covered there. I just want to learn practical strategies and tactics on combating hunger.

Finally, I'm asking the question because one year ago I gave up smoking cigarettes, and it was not willpower alone. I read a book, planned a strategy, followed certain rules....and succeeded. I want to know if I can do something similar again.

So now I'm searching to develop a strategy against hunger. I know exercise, I know portion control, I know food content....but I don't know hunger.

Thanks.

drink more water. you're probably dehydrated and your body might confusing thirst with hunger (I forgot where I read this...Men's Health?). eat in smaller portions. you don't have to sacrifice your favorite foods to lose weight but, be careful and do not use this advice to eat cake every night or some other sugar laden treat.



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It's all about eating great tasting meals that fill you up. Starving is completely unnecessary.

You must avoid processed foods and stick to things found in the periphery of the supermarket -> fruits, vegetables, meat, some dairy, some eggs. Soup is also good. Get some Sriracha Sauce and some non sugar Marinara Sauce. Microwave a bowl of frozen mixed vegetables, mix in some tablespoons of Marinara Sauce and you've got a filling lunch.

Read "Fit for Life" by Harvey Diamond. It's $8. I lost 1/3rd of my body weight thanks to the eating program in that book. I never get hungry.

+1 especially the Sriracha Sauce. that stuff is amazing
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Smoke cigarettes
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recite the pledge of allegiance.
post #13 of 31
Three things which work for me. Number one is drink a LOT of water. If you're hungry, drink water. It'll give you a feeling of fullness for a bit which tricks you into not being hungry (and also deals with mr.orange's point about confusing thirst for hunger). Number two is to distract yourself. Do a crossword or read a book or watch something on TV (just make sure it's something that will engross you). The third and the one I found most useful was to learn to embrace it. If you feel hungry, it means your diet is working. At least, that's what I told myself and it seems to work for me. I'm down about 57 lbs this year so far. Got a ways to go but am definitely moving in the right direction.
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Here is something interesting: when your blood sugar is low, your executive functioning is impaired. In other other words, when you are hungry you make poor decisions, including about food. So eat a piece of fruit or something before you decide what to have for dinner.
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Eating vegetables which are complex carbs make digestion take longer and help curb hunger pangs.
You are essentially describing what is known as the "Fiber Hypothesis", made popular by Dr. Dennis Burkett in the late 70s, and it has been disproven. It isn't about the volume or digestibility of the food you consume, but rather the quality of the nutrients. You can eat a large bowl of broccoli, and it might fill your stomach to capacity, but your body, and your cells, will still be without proper nourishment. In essence, you are starving yourself by way of stretching your stomach. They've done studies that show rats which eat chow mixed in with a clay mixture will keep consuming the clay until they've reached their bodies naturally determined caloric necessity. Some rats ruptured their stomachs in the process. They will keep eating because their bodies aren't "full", even if their stomachs are. "Hunger pangs" are curbed when you are actually no longer hungry. Try as you might, you can't trick the human body. OP, eat more fat and protein. Disregard calories. Limit carbohydrate intake. That will keep you satiated, and you might just lose some weight as well.
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