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Old 04-17-2013, 08:03 AM   #150
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Question for people participating in this thread: Some of you recommend eating when hungry and stopping when full, but what is full? I enjoy the feeling of being nice and full (just short of uncomfortable). If I stop eating when I've JUST reached the "not hungry" stage, it never feels like enough. Any way to deal with this?

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You have to define what being full means to you both physically and emotionally. For me being full means eating more than I probably should have, and nothing looks tempting any more. Obviously that's not a good gauge, and usually means I've eaten way past the point of necessity.

I've come to the conclusion that hunger is something that I will have to face. I've been "facing the hunger" for a while now. I have good days and I have bad days. But I know that being hungry is something I will have to get used to until my appetite/stomach capacity shrinks. I really think that hunger is something we dieters do our best to avoid and try to find tricks to fix it but I think we're missing the point. We're intolerant of hunger while I believe that skinnier people are ok with it. Ask any model and she'll tell you she's been hungry for years.

I've noticed that when I get hungry I get all sorts of angry and upset that only go away when I eat. Not good! So I'm trying to address those issues instead of the hunger. I'm letting myself go hungry!
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