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November 16, 2011 8:21 AM
I have eaten my breakfast, midmorning snack and lunch and its only 11am. I've had plenty of fiber and have drank about 6 glasses of water already. And I am STARVING!!! I don't understand. Today is no different than any other day so why can't I get full today?
November 16, 2011 8:22 AM
November 16, 2011 8:23 AM
November 16, 2011 8:23 AM
could TOM be making an appearance anytime soon?
November 16, 2011 8:25 AM
is your period coming up soon? i'm always ravenous the day or two before. It's totally natural - i find that drinking coffee with a little flavored creamer and lots of unsweetened iced tea help.
November 16, 2011 8:25 AM
Some days your body just needs more fuel. Make smart choices and don't worry if you go over your calories, you can make up for them exercising a little longer or hopefully you won't be as hungry tomorrow and can make up for it then. I say don't stress if you go over your calories once in a while as long as over a 7-day period you're averaging out what you should be,
November 16, 2011 8:26 AM
It can also be that you're eating empty calories,
It all depends
November 16, 2011 8:26 AM
Green tea helps when I feel hungry.
November 16, 2011 8:27 AM
What was your exercise yesterday?

I find that days when I exercised in excess of a typical workout, I'm more hungry the next day. I found this especially true when I was training for a full marathon.
November 16, 2011 8:27 AM
Try to go do something to get your mind off food! Shopping, exercise, etc. Also try to sit in a chair, close your eyes and really ask yourself "Am I starving right now?" Usually helps me get over that urge to eat over boredom feeling.
November 16, 2011 8:28 AM
o i have these days!! TOM or not LOL i eat lots of fruit and veggies when i get like that :) good luck
November 16, 2011 8:28 AM

Green tea helps when I feel hungry.

Green tea helps me too. I stops me from mindless eating at work as well. Did you have strenuous workout yesterday? I work out in the evenings a lot, so when I do my strength training at night, I am always starving in the morning.
November 16, 2011 8:29 AM
TOM or you've been exercising more ~ picking up more weight, going longer on cardio ~ Lately after I go to the gym, even if I eat before, when I leave I'm hungry.
November 16, 2011 8:32 AM
I had two days like that last week. I just ate what I was craving on the second day and viola, I was fine again. Your body is telling you something, it won't hurt. Espeically if you're eating the same number of calories each day you may find a day or two where you want to eat more. That's why I usually eat more on the weekends than during the week. So far my body hasn't gained and has lost an average of 3 lbs/week.
November 16, 2011 8:34 AM
My guess is TOM is going to knock on your door soon. I ALWAYS get super hungry for 2-3 days about a week prior. It's insane!
November 16, 2011 8:35 AM
I will be ravenous the day after I have a heavy lifting workout. If I do total body conditioning, I'm trying to eat whatever I see. I try to make sure I'm extra cautious the next day and have my protein for muscle growth. I normally eat less on days I have to work (nursing) but if I'm home ITS ON! Sometimes I'd rather be working, making the bacon, and not turning myself into a porker at home!
November 16, 2011 8:46 AM
Actually, I'm on my period right now (I know...TMI). I understand the PRE-menstrual cravings..but during? Is that normal? I didn't exercise at all last night (off night) and still stuck to my calorie range. I haven't gone over at all in calories in two weeks. I am at work so I can't just get up and leave to get my mind off being hungry. I do have some snacks here (soup, protein bars, tuna, etc) to eat. So you guys suggest eating until I'm hungry (as long as its healthy) or drinking more water??
November 16, 2011 8:52 AM
In that case, Drink more WATER!!!! You are probably a little dehydrated, need extra water right now!
November 16, 2011 8:56 AM
What's the weather like? I get hungrier on cold dreary days. Not that it helps very much to know that.
November 16, 2011 10:17 AM
I was like that yesterday. Since I decided to listen to my body for when its not hungry anymore as a signal to stop eating, I told myself I also need to listen to it when it was telling me it was still hungry. It wasn't a craving for anything sweet or fatty, it was just hungry. So I ate something. I made sure it was healthy and I only ate a small amount. Not the big giant meal that I sometimes think my ravenous tummy wants. Had some more water with it, went about my business like usual without thinking too much about it and eventually the starving feeling subsided. :) For whatever reasons, whether its TOM, the colder weather, that really kick workout we did yesterday we are still getting burn from...Our bodies just need more on occasion I think.
November 16, 2011 10:21 AM
Your diary isn't open so can't really see what you're eating.... but if you're eating a bunch of bad carbs instead of good carbs, thats one reason. If you're not hydrated enough is another. Also, time of the month plays a role as do certain medications.
November 16, 2011 10:38 AM
You had a fair amount of simple carbs made with refined wheat yesterday which are high glycemic foods. They always make me hungry--makes your blood sugar spike then plummet. Instead of the Keebler crackers, try switching to Wasa Flatbread or Dr. Kracker. The wasabread has 7 gms of fiber per piece and fewer calories. If your pasta isn't whole grain, try that. Rice pasta is lower glycemic index than wheat pasta and the brown rice pasta is pretty tasty. I saw some mini candy bars in the afternoon snack. That refined sugar will make your hunger worse. Remember, anything in nature that has a lot of sugar (e.g. fruit) has a LOT of fiber--and water. If you do eat those candy bars, fill up on some major fiber along with them. Better yet, grab an apple. If I'm dying for chocolate, I eat plain dark chocolate for the antioxidants. You can see my diary. Good luck!
November 16, 2011 11:04 AM
Maybe you aren't eating enough. Maybe the weather is cold and the whole "hibernation" mentality is kicking in.
November 16, 2011 11:36 AM

= i experience this almost every month and usually don't realize it until i'm past lunch...=

Carrot - there are a lot of things that could be going on, you could even be fighting off a cold or other virus and your body wants the extra energy. I would suggest an apple, pickles, etc - anything low-cal with lots of water. Warm water/tea might also work better than cold water. These days are frustrating but totally normal!
November 16, 2011 11:47 AM
Usually the night before TOM comes I can't eat enough. I'm a maniac. I'm somewhat irregular so I don't know exactly when she's coming....but when I have that night o' food I know she's coming soon..and usually the next day...THERE SHE IS! That definitely can do it..or somedays you're just hungry. If you haven't gone over your calories at all in two weeks, I'd go and have a nice solid meal. Healthy..but a SOLID meal. Sometimes I personally just need to feel a little full every once in awhile. Good luck!


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