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December 10, 2012 11:43 PM
This is a great idea to plan it before hand for the next day. I will definately do this.
December 11, 2012 1:13 AM
Wow, that really turned into something. All I know is that I have to adjust on days I don't run. It is hard. If I am bored, I get hungry because of boredom. I have been up to 50 pounds lost. On days I don't run, I can feel the bloating but my body can't take running every single day. I also do other things but my key is running. I intake calories every three hours. It maybe a protein shake, egg whites or something along those lines. If I keep my routine, I am good.
December 11, 2012 5:16 AM
December 11, 2012 5:33 AM


Stock up on protein snacks, that will leave you feeling more satisfied and full for longer periods of time. Here are some great foods to snack on that will stop you from feeling hungry:

- Peanut butter on apple slices/celery/banana/etc
- Hummus with toasted tortilia wrap cut into chips (w.w tortillia)
- Boiled egg
- Nuts (limit yourself as these are high in calories and make sure they're unsalted or else you can't stop lol)
- I LOVE Silhouette Yoghurt, at 35 calories a serving you can add additional fruit in
- Frozen grapes

There are lots of other options, google healthy snack ideas and like I said, protein is your biggest friend. You should try the Fat Flush diet it's great for this.

Avoid ALL types of bread, flour, cakes, starch and sugar. Empty calories, they leave you craving more and don't satisfy you.

How are they empty calories? They provide no energy or nutrients?

They do not necessarily leave people craving more - that is a totally individual response.

Yeah, I don't know why people say that. Bread fills me up. I have always had to make a point to eat my meat and veggies first so that I don't fill up on bread. To me it is filling, not a catalyst for cravings.
December 11, 2012 5:36 AM
Yeah, I can never understand how people can do 1200 calories a day for more than a few days without getting really cranky and tired. I tend to naturally calorie cycle. I'll have a few days where I eat around the 1460 calories that MFP recommends, and then I can't take it anymore and have a 1800-2000 calorie day.
December 11, 2012 5:42 AM
Try eating more protein. I find hard-boiled eggs to be very filling, and only 70 calories! The cholesterol content is not as high as you'd think, particularly if you're eating boiled eggs. (Scrambled with cheese & bacon is what will do you in!). Try snacking on edamame or soy nuts.
December 11, 2012 5:50 AM
OP, is this 1200 before or after you factor in exercise calories? If you aren't eating back your exercise calories I would say to do that, and see how you feel. I can't manage on 1200 calories/day but if I do exercise and eat back even half the calories I find it much easier to stick below 1200 net calories.
December 11, 2012 5:50 AM
also I loooove boiled eggs! :)
December 11, 2012 5:56 AM
You could slow your weight loss to half pound a week.

You could walk a bit or do some other modest exercise to add a few hundred extra calories - I find that helps a lot.

I eat lower glycemic foods (low starch and added sugar) to make sure I don't get insulin spikes, which cause you to get hungry.

I also work very hard at never letting myself get hungry because if I do, I do what you do, and just put things in my mouth. As soon as I'm hungry, I have two or three cashews or eat an apple or have a spoonful of yoghurt or even ice cream. Then I make myself a real meal or solid snack to eat. I almost feel like I'm training my body to know that it will NOT starve and will not be deprived. What I'm probably really doing is keeping my blood sugar at a nice, flat level which keeps hunger at bay and provides me with a nice, steady level of energy and glycolosis.


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