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06-05-2009, 02:57 PM
I read posts here about chicks who just aren’t hungry some days...
:o How can that happen??? I don’t think I had one day in my life where I wasn’t hungry...
I am hungry all the time... even when I am eating... The only time I don’t feel hungry is when I am stuffed. Even though few hours later I am thinking about food again.
I just think I don’t produce the hormone leptin at all... because I don’t have the satisfied sensation at all in my life, when it comes to food.
So I never know when I am hungry and when I just want something to eat...
I just know for sure when I am really hungry when my tummy makes the funny noises.
Am I the only one like that??
I am posting this because I am having hard time to fool my brain and keep myself from eating 24/7.
I found gum and tea my best friends on this and just wonder if someone has any other trick to share.

06-05-2009, 03:15 PM
Its hard. The best thing I've found is high fiber foods.

When I was in college, I had a period of months where I wasn't hungry. It was quite amazing and I don't know how it got turned on. I didn't eat a lot during that time. When I started eating regularly again though, the hunger came back.

06-05-2009, 03:21 PM
I am with you.The only time in my life that I have not felt hungry is when I have had a major life stress.I can seriously always make room for more food.This is very frustrating for me.I can eat, and eat, and eat.............

06-05-2009, 03:44 PM
Yesterday I wasn't hungry at I could eat everything in the house...weird how the body works. As far as quieting the hungey voice, a strong cup of coffee often does the trick for me. Not so good for those late night hunger pangs though...

06-05-2009, 04:08 PM
I agree with nelie- high fiber foods! I try to get as much fiber I can a day- usually I get like 25 grams a day- it really has made a huge difference :)

06-05-2009, 04:22 PM
I'm unsure how much fiber a get but last time I checked I got about 95 grams in a single day. I think the minimum recommendation is 25-35? Not sure.

06-05-2009, 04:26 PM
Can you give me an example of a high fiber day food plan?

06-05-2009, 04:32 PM
One thing I always find is that when its cold I get hungrier, I tend to always lose my appetite in the summer, so maybe try keeping warm? Another thing is to drink fizzy water, the bubbles fill you up (although this can make some people feel bloated) and its just fizzy water so its zero cal. :D
Also, beware of the gum chewing, I think I read somewhere that it can make you hungrier because your stomachs not getting the food its expecting from you chewing all the time, at the very least make sure its sugar free lol :D

06-05-2009, 07:35 PM
High fiber foods:
Veggies - All veggies have fiber but some of the lower calorie/higher fiber ones include leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans. Carrots are also a good choice.
Beans - All beans have lots of good fiber
Fruit - fruit has a good amount of fiber
Whole grains - Quinoa, couscous, brown rice, etc
Nuts - have some fiber but good fats

Basically a whole foods diet :)

06-07-2009, 03:16 PM
ask yourself:

Are you sure you're really truly hungry?

Are you actually having obsessive thoughts about food?

06-07-2009, 04:04 PM
It's also important to eat some healthy fats each day. They make you feel fuller and the monounsaturated ones, like in nuts, olive oil & avocado, can help you lose abdominal fat. I eat beans (they're so good for you too), at least 4 cups of veggies, a serving of nuts, 2 servings of dairy and plenty of protein each day. When I steam cauliflower or broccoli, I can eat several cups it's so yummy! Then you feel stuffed but it's totally healthy! I have stopped thinking about food all the time since eating this way.

06-08-2009, 07:24 PM
Nelie, I love your motto's,I am trying to eat for the body I want,and exercise for thr body I want, not the one I have. Thanks!

06-09-2009, 08:05 PM
I have started a food journal on Daily and it helps to convince myself not to eat unless I am really actually hungry. I just started this whole thing less than 2 weeks ago but it seems to be helping so far.

Good Luck!

06-09-2009, 08:49 PM
For most of my life, I've been hungry. Not just feeling that I "could eat," but a feeling that I needed more food, sometimes even after eating until my stomach hurt.

It was sort of like that lap band commercial where the woman's hunger (lion) was transformed into a hunger (kitten) through lap band surgery. Only my lion wasn't nearly as well-behaved as the one in the commercial, just wandering through the house roaring once in a while - Mine was a lot more ferocious and aggressive, and around TOM was rabid and ticked off, too.

Mostly I was told (either nicely or not) that it was a mental problem, not a physiological one (because there's "no way" to be hungry and stuffed at the same time).

I was able to get rid of the "rabid hunger" of PMDD(think PMS on steroids) adjusting my bc to have fewer periods (like Seasonique). Hubby was skeptical that it would help at first, but he's stopped calling me werewolf.

It helped a great deal, but if anyone had told me that I could "forget to eat," I would have told them that wasn't possible, and that as Caroline Rhea once said in her stand-up routing "it takes a special kind of stupid to forget to eat."

But, when I tried low-carb dieting at my doctor's request (well, actually about a year after my doctor's request, because I thought he was nutty until I got a confirming recommendation from a doctor who had lost nearly 100 lbs herself, and her husband more than 100 lbs from a modified Atkins. It took me so long to consider low-carb, because 35 years of dieting I thought I "knew" that low-carb diets were unhealthy and ineffective).

I found that very low carb wasn't a great idea. I had no hunger, and did forget to eat (on several occasions more than 12 hours). Often, I'd forget to eat until I experience sensations I'd never associated with hunger before - nausea, dizziness, headaches, irritability. I wasn't really fit to exercise though as I'd get too light headed. So, plus side = no hunger, and fairly rapid weight loss. Down side = headaches, nausea, and unable to exercise.

I'm still working on finding my perfect "zone" (not to be confused with the Zone diet). Low enough in carbohydrates to control hunger, and high enough in carbohydrates to be able to be active and exercise at an aerobic intensity (which I can do in only in the water, at this time - what I wouldn't give to have an eternity pool).

I know that low-carb gets a lot of criticism, and not all of it undeserved. However, finding that it is the one thing that has helped significantly (other than amphetemine diet pills), I am a convert in advocating at least considering low-carb, when everything else you've tried has failed.

I did wean myself from needing large meals, by distributing my calories throughout the day in small meals. It significantly shrunk my stomach, eventually. Still, there are times when I find it useful to bulk up my meals with fiber or water. The Volumetrics book was very helpful, in that regard

The main inspiration for Volumetrics were several studies that found that volume, more than calories accounted for the perception of fullness. IN one study, people ate less and reported feeling fuller when they ate a soup/stew than those who ate a casserole (all containing the same ingredients and calories, only the soup had added water).

I do often use volume tricks to make a small amount of food seem like a larger amount. I look at it as dilution. By adding low or no calorie foods, I can make the food look bigger and take up more room in my stomach. Broth soups are great (my favorite is one can low sodium broth and one can V-8 or tomato juice and tons of whatever low-calorie veggies I have on hand). Making a meal a salad by using a large bed of shredded lettuce, or raw veggies as a base. Having "puffed" cereals for breakfast. Oatmeal seems to break the rules for me, in that I find a very small amount of oatmeal, very filling. Even the instant packets with way too much sugar are more filling to me than most other cereals.

I don't know if any of my situation applies to you. I really believe that weight issues are a unique puzzle for every one. Learning how to solve your puzzle takes a lot of trial and error, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

06-09-2009, 09:03 PM
For most of my life, I've been hungry. Not just feeling that I "could eat," but a feeling that I needed more food, sometimes even after eating until my stomach hurt.
Mostly I was told (either nicely or not) that it was a mental problem, not a physiological one (because there's "no way" to be hungry and stuffed at the same time).

Our overall experiences have been very different, but sometimes I would describe my hunger exactly like that. It's very strange to be full, sometimes even uncomfortably full, and still be hungry. Not craving snacks and dessert hungry, but I want more real, wholefoods dinner hungry. There's nothing emotional eating about it. So although I don't feel that kind of hunger all the time, and it's not what caused my obesity, I do really know the feeling. You're right, it's a strange feeling.

06-09-2009, 09:56 PM
When we were younger, we often ate less often, simply becuz we were so busy; and I think we just ignored those hunger signals. Some people today do the same thing by keeping really busy. I know people that smoke and drink coffee all day instead of eating; but I am proud that we quit smoking over 6 years ago and can now breathe freely.

I like a big cup of hot Tea also and chew sugarless gum sometimes (sure helped when I quit smoking too); and I just love homemade SOUP (well, any soup really), as I find nothing is so filling as soup other than a big plate of veggies and lean protein. Sometimes, I even have a cup-a-soup with my lunch, if we are rushed.

Another trick is to eat more often (I eat every 2-3 hours) and have some kind of protein with each meal/snack. Like others here, I snack on almonds, dried banana chips, soya nuts, popsicles, small homemade bran muffins, fruit daily, and low-fat & low-sugar yogurt. Low-cal veggies and salads are also very filling; I have at least 2+ veggies with dinner and sometimes some salad too.

I also find steel-cut oats and 'natural' cream of wheat more filling than lighter cereals and we eat whole grain breads (but I do watch how many we have a day). We use tips from Volumetrics and eat whole foods as much as possible.

I drink water and have to take vitamins also becuz our family has trouble getting proper nutrition from our foods (at 13 y/o, I was diagnosed with a vitamin and mineral deficiency).

Over time, my stomach has shrunk; and I believe that is from smaller and more frequent mini-meals, so I feel fuller faster. For me, tummy rumbles alone, aren't always a sign of hunger, but if they are accompanied by a knawing feeling in my throat and in the pit of my stomach, then I know that it is true hunger ...

06-09-2009, 10:18 PM
I go through spurts. Usually on the weekends, I'm not hungry at all and have to force myself to eat. Most days during the week I'm average, hungry when I should be and ok the rest of the time. I have occasional days where I want to eat everything not bolted down because I feel hungry no matter what I've put in my mouth.

What I've found on those super hungry days is that I've not had as much water as usual, and on the weekends (when I'm not tied to a desk) I have water in my hand almost every second I'm awake.

06-09-2009, 11:41 PM
I'm not someone who can just eat a little bit. I can eat just as much as my guy friends. I've found it's just a matter of changing WHAT I eat. Now I munch on carrots or an apple instead of chips and drink water instead of soda.

06-10-2009, 01:19 PM
tricks to "not" feeling hungry...

1. add metucil to your drinks or psyllium husk powder to a smoothie
2. always eat a protein with a carb (this is a biggie for me) If you are going to have an apple, also eat it with 1oz cheese(or something similar)
3. switch your breads, either eliminate them or go for the full fibre stuff. My flat bread has 6grams of fibre in it.
4. Set a certain time of the day to cut off all eating. Mine is 8pm.....Ive convinced myself if Im hungry after 8, it's my imagination. I'll have a cup of tea instead.
5. Lots of water!
6. no pasta of any kind (this messes me up every time.)
7. pay attention to hidden sugars in your food. This will very often trick your body into thinking it needs more food. Especially if you are watching your sugar intake to begin with.