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February 6, 2013 12:33 PM
I JUST STARTED MFP LAST FRIDAY AND I REALLY LIKE IT. WHAT I NEED HELP WITH IS FOODS THAT ARE LOW IN CALORIES AND FILLING. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING ON THE COMMUNITY BLOGS AND ALOT OF PEOPLE SAY ALMONDS, BUT THEY ARE SO HIGH IN CALORIES. I FEEL LIKE I AM SO HUNGRY BUT WITH THE FOODS I AM ALREADY EATING PUTS ME CLOSE TO USING UP ALL MY LIMITED CALORIES FOR THE DAY. THE MFP HAS ME AT A TOTAL OF 1440 CALORIES FOR A DAY. I DONT KNOW IF I SHOULD UP MY CALORIES BUT I DONT KNOW HOW TO ON MFP AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT. HELP WITH SUGGESTIONS OR ADVICE WOULD BE MUCH APPREICATED. THANK YOU!
February 6, 2013 12:35 PM
Excercise.....?
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February 6, 2013 12:36 PM
Lean Fish and Chicken helps in satiety, add in some vegetables and you got yourself a healthy meal that should suffice for hours.
  19074503
February 6, 2013 12:36 PM
I eat a lot of 100 calorie popcorn, very few calories and very filling. Also veggies really fill you up for not a lot of calories (carrot sticks, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, cukes etc.) I find low fat milk to be very filling as well. Good luck on your journey.
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February 6, 2013 12:36 PM
I would say up your calories if need be and work out even more happy
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February 6, 2013 12:36 PM
Hummus and Raw Vegs my go to when I am so hungry. 2 Tablespoons only has like 35 cals so I have around 6tablespoons Raw vegs 0cals or no more than 50. It is so very good (the brand tribe from walmart is so very good).
February 6, 2013 12:36 PM
Are you exercising. The calories you burn up, you are permitted to eat. You can increase your 1400 calories easily up to 1700.
  33105626
February 6, 2013 12:37 PM
protein... egg. greek yogurt.meats...beans..these work for me!
February 6, 2013 12:37 PM
Whoa, no need to yell laugh

Things high in protein are very filling and so are fibrous vegetables like lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.
February 6, 2013 12:37 PM
Check this out, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/654536-in-place-of-a-road-map-2-0-revised-7-2-12

Right now I'm eating and losing weight at 1600-1800 calories/day (I'm 5"10" and lift 3 days/week).

ETA: I also drink half my body weight in water - 184 lbs = 91 oz.or about 3 liters.
Edited by KatLifter On February 6, 2013 12:41 PM
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February 6, 2013 12:38 PM
Welcome to MPF!

When you get almonds, get RAW almonds. You can usually have a small handful for only 60-70 calories. Also, if you get hungry, get a HUGE salad. A couple cups of lettuce/spinach, fresh carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato. Any fresh veggies really. Also, look for salad spritzers for the dressing. They are only 1 calorie per spray. A huge salad like this can total up at around 50 calories tops, yet you are ingesting a lot of food.

Water Water Water! If you are hungry, try guzzling down 16 oz of water and see if you are still hungry 15 minutes or so later. I know that a lot of people who think they are hungry are really just thirsty.

Don't get discouraged! Just make nice, healthy decisions and this site works!
  32704260
February 6, 2013 12:38 PM
Anything you can buy in the 'fresh whole food' category will fill you up, with less calories. I know personally I did not have a 'taste' for raw veggies, but I started slow, trying new things, and now I CRAVE a sliced up bell pepper, or some blackberries over potato chips or candies any day. Go to a farmers market, or just stay in the produce department of the store. This might be silly, but I would wait until I was nice and hungry, then try a new veggie......it is amazing how much better food can taste when you are getting pretty hungry!
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February 6, 2013 12:39 PM
Add me, and take a look at my diary and maybe you can find something that would help you. i love Zone bars, they keep me fill
  36871633
February 6, 2013 12:39 PM
Also, make sure you are drinking water.. There have been studies that have shown when you are thirsty or need water, you body also interprets them as hunger feelings.!
February 6, 2013 12:39 PM
oatmeal with protein powder. anything with protein and fiber they help you feel full. you can get protein meal bars if you need something between meals--180 to 200 cals. i really hope this helps i had the same problem when i started
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February 6, 2013 12:39 PM
why are so many people so afraid of things are nutritiously good for the body but "high in calories" ? Protein is definitely a good source of fulfilling calories imo. usually for breakfast i have a big calorie meal, 300-400, this definitely helps me stay full after having not eaten for almost 8 hours at night. small snacks throughout the day will also help. oh and water water water!
February 6, 2013 12:40 PM
I have the same calories goal. Feel free to look at my diary. I am a vegetarian so I have been encorporating much more veggies instead of carbs since starting MFP. Veggies has such little calories that eating a giant salad barley dents my total. However, I was under a lot so the last two days I have been adding some higher cal things in with it. I buy lots of fresh vegetables (portabella mushroom, zuchinni, squash, kale, beets...etc) and I grill them with seasoning and eat them like that or over rice. Last nights portabella thing was only like 200 calroeis for a whole dinner. It was awesome.

Also, if I am really hungry, I just force myself to work out enough to eat a bigger meal. If I want a huge pizza then I have to do an hour of cardio.

Protein shakes may help too but be careful because a lot of them are high in calories and sugar. Lean 15 isnt bad.
February 6, 2013 12:40 PM
I am at 1200 (I know, all the booing and hissing will follow) under a Dr supervision. I have a hard time meeting my calories. I eat 5 times a day, then maybe a couple of other smaller snacks throughout the day. Yogurt, fruits, cheese are all staples. Cheese sticks are so simple. Come prepackaged and ready to go. Also I go with granola bars, BUT watch the ingredients. Nothing all sugar or chocolate. Again, prepackaged and easy.
When making a meal or a sandwich just use light or lower calorie items. Its not a change that can be made overnight or with one shopping trip. Its not economical to just toss all the foods you have now, to buy all low calorie items. Eat what you have already in moderation and slowly make the changes as you go.
Try pre planning your days. Sit down the evening before or that am and say I am gonna do this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and stick to it.
February 6, 2013 12:40 PM
a hard boiled egg is the trick for me... or beef jerky
February 6, 2013 12:41 PM
ive read that our bodies can't tell the difference between hunger and thirst. so usually when im hungry, i drink a litre of water first. it's amazing how that can take the edge off.
  30847635
February 6, 2013 12:41 PM
Water water water water.


Oh, yeah, and water.

Every time I get a craving, I drink water. If you wait about five minutes, I promise the hunger will subside for a while.
February 6, 2013 12:42 PM
1/2 cup raw almonds + 2 lts of water.
Edited by Proyecto_AN On February 6, 2013 12:42 PM
February 6, 2013 12:42 PM
You do need to have fats to alleviate hunger, so add some good fats - avocado, nuts, peanut butter. These are high in calories but
they are good calories. If you are eating a lot of starchy carbs, such as those "100 calorie snacks" these will cause a blood sugar spike and a resultant blood sugar drop, and hunger - it's a nasty cycle. Try some apple cut up and dipped in peanut butter, or an avocado with a dash of soya sauce. These are great filling snacks. Also drink lots of water.
  34381995
February 6, 2013 12:42 PM
Veggies, tons of veggies. Lean meats.
Protein shakes.

I find for a quick snack a small banana or a small cup of Greek yoghurt (both are about 100 calories, depends on the size) are filling and low in calories. Or carrots.

Also, sometimes you think you're hungry but you're really just bored or thirsty or just used to eating at that time. Try a cup of tea, or a glass of water. If that helps, you weren't hungry in the first place.

If you're still hungry, it's because your body needs food. If you're always hungry, you're not eating enough, or you're not eating enough of the right foods.
  34629476
February 6, 2013 12:42 PM
Have you tried popcorn? You can do the airpopped if you want to be super good or just minimize the oil. It should be really filling because of the fiber.

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