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01-10-2007, 04:04 PM
I was wondering if anyone ever has days that they are hungry all day.

Yesterday I could not get enough to eat :hun: . I ate breakfast (pb on english muffin and milk) and I was starving in an hour. This usually holds me over until lunch. Lunch time came and instead of a small sandwich and a salad I ate a large sandwich and a salad :o . I was still hungry right after I ate it. I had my afternoon snack (100 cal. snack pack) and had to fight with myself all afternoon not to eat another one. Then last night I had to work late and on the way home stopped at a fast food joint and got a large hamburger and medium fries :devil: . After this I was finally satisfied. Not stuffed - Just satisfied.

Now today, I have been fine. I couldn't even hardly finish my 6" Subway Club at lunch and it's about time for my afternoon snack and I'm not really even hungry. What is that all about! :dizzy:

I have been doing pretty well on my weight loss journey, losing slow but sure but I don't know where that starvation came from yesterday.

Has anyone else had a "Starving Day"?

01-10-2007, 04:10 PM
I was wondering if anyone ever has days that they are hungry all day.

Yesterday I could not get enough to eat

That was me last Friday. I didn't think lunchtime would EVER come! Then Saturday, no appetite whatsoever! Go figure!

01-10-2007, 04:15 PM
I do the exact same thing. Some days, I feel starving. Other times, I could go most of the day without eating. For me, the days that I feel starving are pretty few and far between. Doesn't seem to ever happen 2 days in a row. Thankfully. When the bad days do happen, I'll sometimes wonder how I ever am going to keep this wt. off. Next day, I'm fine. I had wondered if this happens to anyone else.

01-10-2007, 04:31 PM
I'm like that too and can't figure it out. Might have something to do with blood sugar or insulin.

01-10-2007, 04:44 PM
I have my share of starving days. They usually coincide with my period.

01-10-2007, 04:57 PM

Interesting that you should ask this. Today was my "starving day." I was just talking to a co-worker about it earlier. I have been hungry ALL DAY!

I hope I'm back to "normal" tomorrow!!

Glad to hear this happens to other people!

01-10-2007, 05:03 PM
I'm glad to hear that this happens to other people too!

And lillybelle - I thought the same thing yesterday. "How am I ever gonna lose weight and keep it off eating like this".

Thank goodness things are back to normal today!

01-10-2007, 05:13 PM
I often find I have a starving day the day after having eaten more than average sugar (for example a sweet dessert after dinner the night before). It seems to get me every single time.

01-10-2007, 05:26 PM
I'm exactly like that a few days before my TOM.

01-10-2007, 05:33 PM
It's really hard to limit calories day after day, week after week, and not feel hungry sometimes. I find that when I have a really starving day it's sometimes because I haven't been taking my vitamins--so I really am starving for something. Sometimes it's also because I haven't been eating enough protein. Usually protein will satisfy my hunger when carbohydrates just will not.

I'm a happy chick today because I've finally dropped firmly below 180 and it doesn't look like I'm going to bounce back again. Been trying to get past that number for three weeks of pretty rigorous program eating, what with Christmas and all. YAY!


01-10-2007, 05:56 PM
I know exactly how you feel. Somedays I don't get hungry until 2:00 p.m. Other days, I am hungry from sunrise until way past bedtime. (Once I ate 12 cheese and crackers at 3:00 a.m. because I woke up hungry in the middle of the night.) Adrenaline plays a part, as well. On really stressful days, I don't notice that I haven't eaten until late in the day. After that, it's anything goes.

I would recommend increasing water intake and decreasing empty carbs. Water fills you up, and the reduced carbs lowers sugar in your bloodstream which can trigger hunger pangs. I try to drink 8 glasses (16 oz glass) of water per day. That's 128 oz. (8) 16 oz glasses, rather than 64 oz. (8) 8 oz cups. It's hard, but I have to keep trying. And I've also started substituting veggies for bread and pasta. Eating nuts helps too, as long as they are unsalted and unsweetened. Finally, if my carb cravings will simply not let up, I try to pick whole grain breads and crackers.

Good luck and don't give up.

01-10-2007, 06:09 PM
Yep, I've been there too! They don't happen often, but on those occassions I have to work hard not to eat my way through the day. I never noticed it before I started losing weight, but maybe it's because I'm way more conscious of what I put into my mouth now. On the up-side, at least you know you're not alone! My DD has quit having those days, I think! She's 14, 5'0", and weighs about 97 pounds. We used to always laugh because she eats very little, and about once every 5-6 weeks she'd have one of those days and would literally out eat her 200 pound father. She would eat a full plate of food at dinner - normally unheard of - and get directly up from the table and open the pantry doors looking for something to eat. We used to just stare at her in amazement!

01-10-2007, 06:44 PM
Days that I feel really hungry are those when I have eaten less protein, fiber, and/or had enough water. Try adding these and you may notice a difference.

If I forget to eat something every three hours, my body yells at me with loud growling!


01-10-2007, 06:54 PM
Jay: Congrats on comfortably reaching the 170's! Excellent job.

I'm usually starving most days. The least I can manage is one or two days at around 1400 to 1550 calories, the rest I'm at 1700 to 2000. I'd be losing a lot faster if I could eat less but it is coming off slowly so I'm OK with that.

01-10-2007, 08:55 PM
How ironic I was having "one of those days" as well. There are so many things that play into those days TOM stress, what you eat, the smells around you, so much. I think the trick is not to stress over those days but to try to eat "good food" For me cottage cheese can really curb the hunger. Nuts are also really good.


01-11-2007, 12:06 AM
I've had those days. From what I can tell, they usually coincide with days I'm either bored or tired. I just try to eat as healthy as I can, even though I'm consuming mass quantities of it. LOL

01-11-2007, 09:10 AM
Water fills you up, and the reduced carbs lowers sugar in your bloodstream which can trigger hunger pangs
Thanks for that thought, Booklover. I always wondered why I was less hungry when I cut back on sweets and starches.

01-15-2007, 11:52 AM
I am SO hungry today. It's only 11:00 AM and I have already eaten:


Oatmeal w/ yogurt

Cottage cheese w/ salsa

Which doesn't sound that bad, but usually ONE of the above would be enough to get me through until noon! And I am STILL hungry! I am afraid today is going to turn into a binge-on-healthy-food day, just because I am so so hungry.

And I didn't even get in my pre-work gym visit because the roads here are so bad. So it's not like I'm starving b/c I've burned up a bunch of calories already.

01-15-2007, 12:06 PM
I find that if I am REALLY hungry after having tried the boredom, exercise, water, stringcheese mini fixes, then I need to eat. If I dont the body rebels.

01-15-2007, 03:09 PM
I'm sitting here with my tummy rumbling with hunger sounds and I'm hoping that I'll make it to lunch (50 minutes to go) without having to break into the fridge for my snack....okay, I know it's okay to have a snack, but I was hoping to make use the snack as my lunch dessert. We'll see if I make it.

Meanwhile, Saturday and Sunday saw the scale at 1 pound down. Today it's back up.....I'll leave my ticker alone until tomorrow. I'm hoping that today's weight is just a fluke!

01-15-2007, 03:11 PM
Every week I have at least one day where my stomach will just NOT stop growling and the 1500 cals I usually get just don't seem like enough. Those days are the hardest I usually end up eating more than I should then.

01-15-2007, 06:00 PM
Well, it is 5 p.m. and I am still starving. . .and have eaten almost the number of calories that I normally eat in a whole day, and all good clean foods. . .

I'm afraid I am setting myself up for a fall this evening.

I don't know what's wrong with me. I am just SO HUNGRY. :(

01-16-2007, 01:21 AM
Definitely have had those days. Mine was yesterday! I usually just eat a lean pocket and I'm good for most of the day until dinner! But oh no! Not yesterday I ended up eating a lean pocket and a icecream cone! Thank God today was different, I hate those days!

01-16-2007, 03:09 AM
A few months ago there was an article in a magazine that read for HUNGRY WOMEN. The inspirational story was of a woman who found WW but none of their plans worked for her. She was always hungry- she wasn't eating bad foods, but just too damn much of everything. Her leader sat down with her and they went through many plans until one sounds- iffy... but right. The woman put research into and found case studies done in universities in both California and Florida. She found that balanced meals are more important than they seem. She called this plan the "magic combo plan." Here is how it works (reading the article as I type). PROTEIN, Good CARBS, a little fat, FIBER = Protein prevents hunger inducing blood sugar spikes and increases levels of a metabolism boosting amino acid called leucine, and a little fat and carbs keep us from feeling deprived, fiber moves things along in your body and is great for the heart and such.

I was so inspired by this article and the way of balanced thinking that I ripped it out of the magazine and posted it on the fridge. Like promised I, Hungry Britt (taco bell joke), felt full. Let me list a couple of examples of the meals in the article so that it will make more sense.

Breakfast (choose meal daily) -

1 1/2 cup of Kashi cereal, 1 cup fat free milky, and 1 banana
2 scrambled Eggs, 1 lite English muffin, 2 veggie sausage links, 1 cup blue berries
1 WW chocolate muffin, 1 tbs peanut butter, 1 cup sliced strawberries

LUNCH (choose one mean daily)-

3 cups mixed salad, 4 oz. grilled chicken, 1/3 cup chickpeas, chopped pepper, scallion and fat free cheese, 1 tbs. lite dressing.
1 sushi roll (6 pcs), 2 cups steamed snow peas, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, 1 orange
6" low-fat subway sandwich (xtra veggies!!), 1 bag baked chips, 1 pear

DINNER (choose one meal daily)-

1 morning star farms black bean burger, 1 slice low fat cheese, 1 lite English muffin, 2 cups bell pepper rings, 3 tbs. lite dressing.
2 links low-fat turkey or chick sausage, 2 whole grain buns, 2 cups green beans, 2 tbs olive oil
4 oz chicken or fish, 1 cup cooked whole wheat pasta, 2 cups grilled vegetables, 2 tsp. olive oil


1 piece fruit, 1 tsp peanut butter (or) string cheese
1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 tbs (of each) dried fruit and nuts.
10 baby carrots, 1/4 cup hummus
1 cup low fat flavored yogurt, 1.2 cup blue berries

Those are good examples and once you get the hang of it you can apply the combos with other foods you like and really- you get full. On days that I am too much of a whinny brat to make an effort I eat a larger breakfast and that helps me make it through the day. My breakfasts look like: 1 cup cereal (fiber first, Kashi, Great Start, or mix), 1 cup fat-free milk, 1 banana, 1 orange, maybe piece of 20 grain toast with organic butter substitute. It sounds like a lot, but I'm loosing weight and I feel full. Maybe you could say- having a little bit of a lot? Stay away from packaged things like- Breakfast bars, snack packs, meal replacement cookies- they just aren't the same as having a balanced meal and you will suffer for it later.

I also know that hunger can be confused with dehydration- aim for 2 liters of water. Obsessing with hunger can make you hungry- or think you are. Try knitting, or sketching, or walking a short distance before hand. Call someone who understands your dilemma and talk it out, or call someone and talk about something! anything! other than grub.

o.0 This post is long enough, I am sure you could find more information on the strategy online so you can get the hang of it and make your own decisions. ^-^ Good luck.

GR8 2B48
01-16-2007, 08:23 PM
I get those hungry days, too. Sometimes I think that with all the cutting back on calories or (points as we say with Weight Watchers), maybe it's just something my body is missing. I also notice that when I don't get enough sleep I feel hungrier

Yes, thank God Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck are back at home. I was out Friday evening and listening to my radio in the car when I heard the news. I wondered if I heard it wrong, but I didn't. Shawn had been missing for over four years. That truly is a miracle that they were both found safe.