Originally Posted by rosesandholly
Not sure if this was the right place to post this, but it was my best guess. Please don't be mad, mods.
I notice that I am having a lot of trouble with feeling hungry. For now, I am on top of it, but I don't want this trend to continue because I won't always have such willpower. Any advice the members can give would be very welcome. I do notice a couple of trends about when I'm hungry.
I usually have a bowl of cereal for breakfast (Raisin Bran Crunch or something similarly innocuous.) I eat around 7 am. By 9:30 or so, I'm hungry again and need to hold on till noonish.
I eat my dinner (usually baked chicken breast and some veggies) around 6:30. Usually bedtime is 9:30 or so. I often find that I'm hungry before bedtime, particularly if my husband, who is also trying to lose weight, eats later than I do. (He's a night owl, so this isn't uncommon.)
At my height/weight, I can only eat 1500 calories or so per day to lose weight, and that's if I'm exercising (which I'm gradually increasing, but I really don't have much cardio stamina just now.) I feel like I don't have the calories to spare for extra snacking. What can I do to keep myself from wrecking my day's work?
I am inclined to agree with those who suggest increasing your protein
It sounds to me like you just need to tweak things till you find what works the best for you!
It seems a few people are focusing on your Raisin bran for breakfast more than your actual question! and while Raisin bran isn't the worst thing for you, there have got to be some "better" (lower cal/more filling) things you could try swapping out for instead right? Maybe steel cut oats with fruit and nuts? Eggs?
Try making your portions a bit smaller on your main meals, and give yourself room for snacks to keep you going all day long. Water is also important!
For example this is how it breaks down for me most days:
Breakfast: Between 7-8 (at work) two individual yogurts and 2.5tbsp of holy crap cereal. (220 cal, 8 fat, 22 carbs, 17 protien)
between 930 and 10:30 I'll have a can of flavored tuned (140 cal, 7 fat, 2 carbs, 18 protein)
Lunch at 11:45: today was a BBQ chicken and carrot wrap with shredded cheese and spinach. With a yogurt. (works out to between 500-600 calories ~30 fat, 42 carbs, and 55 protein)
Afternoon snack between 2 and 3 is a luna bar (180 cal, 5 fat, 27 carbs, and 9 protein)
Dinner then is generally chicken breast on a HUGE salad. Filling, but not super high in calories.
If I need a snack later, it'll be a few almonds, yogurt or cheese or sometimes those 100 cal popcorn bags!
this is generally what my day looks like. I'm at about 1700 calories for most days, some days are less, some days (workout days) are slightly more (I often have a smoothie post workout)
IMO - the best way to beat hunger is to be prepared for it. Water first. When you feel hungry. Have a BIG drink of water and do something else for a minute. You might just forget all about being hungry. Then having good things to snack on when those hunger pangs strike means that you don't have to suffer, or hit up the vending machine for a bag of chips or chocolate bar to get you through till lunch.
Good luck to you, just remember that this whole journey is extremely personal and is going to completely and totally different for each person
Find the thing that works for you and do it!