Weight Loss Support - Please help me figure out why I'm so hungry




kelly315
04-06-2009, 06:43 PM
I just don't get it, nothing has really changed, and yet for the last week I've been famished. Please help me think of reasons why this is happening! I've been calorie counting since August, and I've never experienced anything like this.

Ideas, please!


Jpye
04-06-2009, 06:54 PM
PMS? I could probably eat 2 large pizzas by myself the week before my period!!

kelly315
04-06-2009, 06:59 PM
It's the week of, but I've never, ever had that problem before. I'm on the pill, so my hormones are pretty regular.


cooperistic
04-06-2009, 07:09 PM
I am probably a broken record here but I have found that when I concentrated more on protein versus carbs, I feel full for longer. I also find that eating small amounts frequently is helpful. I generally eat at 7.45, then at 10, 12, 2 and then for dinner at around 5.30-7

This prevents the starving feeling. I try to eat at scheduled intervals rather than eating whenever I feel hungry. I know some people say to only eat when you are actually hungry but for myself, I have found that eating on a schedule stopped me from being starving later in the day. I am never really 'hungry' during the course of a day so I would barely eat anything all day and then I would binge at home.

dgramie
04-06-2009, 07:10 PM
try increasing protien and increasing water. Also can you give us an idea of how many calories and what kind you have been eating. Good luck..i hate days like that!!!!!!!!!!

kelly315
04-06-2009, 07:11 PM
I eat a ton of protein, but it doesn't seem to make much difference. I eat 1400ish calories, and drink no diet soda, tons of water, extra fiber.

lizziep
04-06-2009, 07:21 PM
what about physical activity? more or harder working out usually means bigger appetite for me.

Suzyszoo
04-06-2009, 07:26 PM
I had that same thing last week, could NOT get full. I was constantly hungry. My period started today, and it seems to have snapped the hunger spell. And that's unusual for me as well.

I just kept lots of fruits and veggies on hand, I roasted more veggies last week and ATE them myself than I have in the past month. I was just constantly hungry, and had to eat. It was odd, but it only lasted three or so days.

kelly315
04-06-2009, 07:27 PM
I'm pretty busy, and I walk all over the place all day. Certainly not an athlete's workout schedule, but it could help.

kaplods
04-06-2009, 07:42 PM
For me, it's not the proportion of protein, but the proportion (and type) of carbohydrates that affect hunger levels.

Easily digested carbohydrates can indirectly trigger hunger. In essence carbsy raise your blood sugar, which triggers the release of insulin, which causes a blood sugar drop which causes hunger. If you're insulin resistant or diabetic, this normal reaction is often exagerated.

For me, if I eat too many high carb foods (even healthy ones like fruit and whole grains), I get incredibly, insanely hungry. My stomach can feel full to bursting and I still feel like I am starving.

If you're not insulin resistant or diabetic (it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor to check with routine bloodwork), simply eliminating flour and sugar may be enough to prevent the vicious blood sugar-hunger cycle; but you may have to experiment with cutting carbohydrates even further to control hunger.

kelly315
04-06-2009, 07:44 PM
If you're not insulin resistant or diabetic (it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor to check with routine bloodwork), simply eliminating flour and sugar may be enough to prevent the vicious blood sugar-hunger cycle; but you may have to experiment with cutting carbohydrates even further to control hunger.

I'm not insulin resistant, but I'm on metformin for my PCOS. Is my blood sugar more level because of this? I'm more hungry for the first couple of hours after I eat than I am after I haven't eaten for a while.

Thighs Be Gone
04-06-2009, 07:51 PM
Egg whites--like maybe 6 seem to help me...also eating an entire bag of baby carrots--the good ones...do you like mashed cauliflower? you can eat an entire head of it for 150 calories and it is very filling..

I hope one of these will help. I know the feeling you mean--and sometimes the only thing I can do is EAT. :(

kaplods
04-06-2009, 07:58 PM
I'm not insulin resistant, but I'm on metformin for my PCOS. Is my blood sugar more level because of this? I'm more hungry for the first couple of hours after I eat than I am after I haven't eaten for a while.


You may have to ask your doctor about this - because my understanding of metformin is that it's only prescribed for insulin resistance, and that metformin should help with keeping the blood sugar more stable (but it wouldn't be prescribed unless the blood sugar was unstable or suspected to be in the first place). I know it is prescribed to women with PCOS - but my understanding is that's because insulin resistance is a core symptom of PCOS.
I had always heard that a woman can have IR without PCOS, but not PCOS with IR, but I don't know if that is true. I don't even know for sure if there isn't some use to metformin besides treatment of insulin resistance.

I think the best resource would be your doctor (or ideally a diabetic educator or a hospital dietician - they're great resources for understanding the blood sugar issues).

Good Luck,

kelly315
04-06-2009, 08:05 PM
You may have to ask your doctor about this - because my understanding of metformin is that it's only prescribed for insulin resistance, and that metformin should help with keeping the blood sugar more stable (but it wouldn't be prescribed unless the blood sugar was unstable or suspected to be in the first place). I know it is prescribed to women with PCOS - but my understanding is that's because insulin resistance is a core symptom of PCOS.
I had always heard that a woman can have IR without PCOS, but not PCOS with IR, but I don't know if that is true. I don't even know for sure if there isn't some use to metformin besides treatment of insulin resistance.,

I'm sure, I'm definately not insulin resistant and all of my levels were completely normal when I got the tests re-done a couple of months ago. My doctor prescribed it to me because
1) I was doing everything right, OP, and my weight loss stopped/slowed
2) Because PCOS can make your body more susceptible to problems like diabetes, and metformin can help prevent serious problems by keeping your insulin levels stable.

That's what they told me, anyway, and I trust my doc.

vixxi
04-06-2009, 08:06 PM
I feel the same way! Especially today, i just feel like i want to EAT! I just tell myself i've had enough (which i have) and try to focus on tomorrow (meaning more food!) kinda sick huh?

thinpossible
04-06-2009, 08:09 PM
Could you be pregnant?

ZedAus
04-06-2009, 08:18 PM
Kelly, you've lost over 80lbs already and your body could very well be changing "hormone-wise" if my example is anything to go by. I didn't have a period for over 8 years when I was overweight, and I was diagnosed as perimenopausal. Since losing weight I have been more regular than I have EVER been in my life and the cravings that have come with that have been astronomical!!!!! I am thankful that I lost most of my weight before hormones struck!

A couple of months ago I was put on a contraceptive pill to try to even out my hormones as I was getting extremely 'emotional' at times during the month. I don't exactly know how they work, but I have a feeling that my own hormones may still be battling/increasing the ones provided by the pill. I could be totally wrong medically, but that is certainly how it feels at the moment. I have been told that it can take a few months to balance out.

Anyway... that may not have anything to do with your situation, but I just wanted to let you know that it could possibly be hormonal cravings that you are dealing with. Problem is... I don't have any suggestions to make that could help you. I could basically eat anything that moves at those times and I am very disappointed in myself at my lack of control. At other times I can give or take a lot of foods.

Good luck with getting through this.

kelly315
04-06-2009, 08:20 PM
Could you be pregnant?

Arg, no, it's my TOM right now.

Lori Bell
04-06-2009, 08:52 PM
Hi Kelly. Sorry to hear about your sudden hunger strike...they suck! I never had the PMS munchies until I was about your weight interestingly enough. (Started around Thanksgiving/Christmas) Now PMS can be killer.

I make a HUGE batch of a cabbage/cauliflower/squash (+ tons of other "free" veggies")stir-fry and season it up to be a very tasty binge buster! It gets me through the hard times. I love it, and it is the only thing that keeps me from gorging on high calorie food. I'll tell you another crazy thing...when I started getting these weird major hunger episodes, I notice I also lose a lot of weight during these times, (As long as I don't cave.) A few times I have lost like 3-4 pounds during these hunger week periods as long as I stayed faithful to my "diet". It also seems that during these times my anxiety is MUCH worse. Have you noticed increased anxiety along with this hunger?

time2lose
04-06-2009, 09:32 PM
Are you getting enough sleep? I have difficulty sleeping and find that after a couple of sleepless night, I am more hungry than usual.

madamruppy
04-06-2009, 10:38 PM
Kelly, you've lost over 80lbs already and your body could very well be changing "hormone-wise" if my example is anything to go by.

That was just what I was going to say. My only other comment would be something I heard from Meganbee. Sometimes the hunger cravings can be caused by a type of indigestion. Try taking a tums or gaviscon - I found that this does sometimes work for me.

SweetScrumptious
04-06-2009, 10:42 PM
Make sure you eat breakfast in the morning - specially one with a lot of protein in it! I know for me when I don't include a protein in breakfast, a few hours later I'm STARVING. But if I do eat protein in the morning, I don't seem so famished later on.

Also, sometimes "hunger pain" is just the bodies way of signaling that you are dehydrated. To find out if you are truly hungry; drinking a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. If it goes away, you were just thirsty. If it persist, go get something to eat!

Ija
04-06-2009, 11:22 PM
I sometimes have days (or weeks) where I'm just hungrier than others. During those times I eat a little bit more (while sticking to a reasonable calorie budget). The last thing I want to do is let myself go hungry. Of course, when I say "hungry" I mean experiencing physical manifestations of hunger, and not merely craving. As long as I give my body whatever it happens to need at the time, everything goes back to normal after a while.

Good luck!

kelly315
04-07-2009, 08:40 AM
thanks for all your answers. I'm feeling slightly less hungry today, so maybe it is the hormones.

ICUwishing
04-07-2009, 10:12 AM
Just to toss in one more variable - fat cells were recently discovered to produce estrogen, and of course, the more fat you have, the more estrogen is produced. You've had a massively significant weight loss, which might be changing your balances/ratios and making you feel different. There's a lot of great ideas here for working around the hungry feeling - if they don't work, it might be worth checking with an endocrinologist. I read a theory that the plateaus we hate so much are the body's way of resetting all those glandular outputs. Good luck! :)

mygritsconfessions
04-07-2009, 10:16 AM
Alot of great advice in here. Somtimes to more protein or fiber might help.