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March 1, 2013 12:55 AM
I have a mostly pescetarian diet (non-dairy, extremely low gluten), and eat mostly protien. I drink almost a gallon of water a day, and yet I'm constantly hungry 1-2 hours after eating. I'll be full after eating and then an hourish later i'm hungry again! this just started a few days ago and it's really weird!
Since mid-january I have changed my diet and been exercising more, but I didn't think it would change my metabolism that fast... Am I just not eating enough? I'm getting 1200-1500 cal a day, again, mostly protien and fiber, the two most filling things. I don't want to up my calorie intake much more cause I don't want to gain weight. my body has been doing a really good job of losing it... I've lost about 17 lbs in 6 weeks.
Any thoughts/suggestions?
March 1, 2013 1:29 AM
what does that typical meal look like that you are hungry after?
  31993047
March 1, 2013 2:00 AM
Are you eating back the calories you burn off? Sounds like your body is screaming at you for not getting enough calories, and the calorie deficit has finally caught up with you.
  26724679
March 1, 2013 3:14 AM
In my world being hungry and hour or two after a meal is pretty normal. It just means it's time to eat again.
  17351629
March 1, 2013 4:18 AM
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In my world being hungry and hour or two after a meal is pretty normal. It just means it's time to eat again.


Ditto.
March 1, 2013 4:24 AM
You know what I do if I'm hungry a couple hours after I eat? I eat food! *Listen* to your body!! I eat every 2-3 hrs and I'm never hungry.
  5762777
March 1, 2013 4:46 AM
My guess is you're not eating enough overall, and therefor your body is starving and begging for more food.

You don't have a lot of weight to lose, so losing almost 3 pounds per week is a pretty fast rate. It sounds to me like you should probably add another 300 calories or so every day, if not maybe a little more. 3 lbs per week is appropriate for people who are, like 100 lbs overweight, not people who are 25 lbs overweight.
March 1, 2013 4:48 AM
i eat every 2 hrs, and it works for me
March 1, 2013 4:49 AM
I eat about every two hours..meal and then a snack...type of routine. So right about eating your calories that you burn off.
  27512567
March 1, 2013 4:52 AM
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My guess is you're not eating enough overall, and therefor your body is starving and begging for more food.

You don't have a lot of weight to lose, so losing almost 3 pounds per week is a pretty fast rate. It sounds to me like you should probably add another 300 calories or so every day, if not maybe a little more. 3 lbs per week is appropriate for people who are, like 100 lbs overweight, not people who are 25 lbs overweight.


you can't "starve" yourself if you eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day. Starvation effects only kick in after 72 hours of not eating anything, and even at that point it is minimal.

OP - Are you doing the six meals a day thing? That could be your problem and if the answer is Yes, you might want to back that off to four meals with your cals spread out over those four so that you are eating more calories at each sitting.

Are you more hungry in AM or Pm?
March 1, 2013 4:52 AM
High metabolism?
March 1, 2013 4:53 AM
You are exercising more --> your body needs more food.

You can try eating bigger portions when u do eat. But remember being hungry is not dangerous, I don't think people should be so afraid of being hungry all the time.

Do whats best for you and work through it, try different things! :)

Good luck x
March 1, 2013 4:58 AM
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OP - Are you doing the six meals a day thing? That could be your problem and if the answer is Yes, you might want to back that off to four meals with your cals spread out over those four so that you are eating more calories at each sitting.



This was my problem as well. I never felt full, never felt satiated, at the "eat/snack multiple times a day" schedule. By switching it to 3 or 4 meals a day, I was finally full enough to not be starving all day.
March 1, 2013 5:01 AM
Your body is the expert. It's HUNGRY and it's telling you loud and clear.

Listen to all the good advice on this thread, please.
  36226016
March 1, 2013 5:07 AM
Increase you're fats, esp EFA's. You'll find a small amount will sort you out.
  15809555
March 1, 2013 5:07 AM
QUOTE:

Your body is the expert. It's HUNGRY and it's telling you loud and clear.

Listen to all the good advice on this thread, please.


I totally don't believe this. People don't aimlessly wind up on a calorie counting site because listening to their body worked for them. Ignore your body, follow a regimen. Excellence is a habit.
March 1, 2013 5:11 AM
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My guess is you're not eating enough overall, and therefor your body is starving and begging for more food.

You don't have a lot of weight to lose, so losing almost 3 pounds per week is a pretty fast rate. It sounds to me like you should probably add another 300 calories or so every day, if not maybe a little more. 3 lbs per week is appropriate for people who are, like 100 lbs overweight, not people who are 25 lbs overweight.


you can't "starve" yourself if you eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day. Starvation effects only kick in after 72 hours of not eating anything, and even at that point it is minimal.

OP - Are you doing the six meals a day thing? That could be your problem and if the answer is Yes, you might want to back that off to four meals with your cals spread out over those four so that you are eating more calories at each sitting.

Are you more hungry in AM or Pm?


The effects of a diet too low in calories are very real. No one is talking starving as in you are about to keel over, we are talking about the body and the release of ghrelin in which the body attempts to make you eat more, and also the slow down down in metabolism in terms of the release of t3 being lowered.
  15809555
March 1, 2013 5:15 AM
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QUOTE:

Your body is the expert. It's HUNGRY and it's telling you loud and clear.

Listen to all the good advice on this thread, please.


I totally don't believe this. People don't aimlessly wind up on a calorie counting site because listening to their body worked for them. Ignore your body, follow a regimen. Excellence is a habit.


We ended up on a calorie counting website because we listened to our minds, not our bodies, genius...

There's a difference between hunger and cravings, something us much bigger people have a hard time translating. If you genuinely FEEL hungry, then you MUST EAT. Get some rye bread, or snack on pumpkin seeds or something. Don't deprive yourself!
  32239274
March 1, 2013 5:43 AM
1200-1500 is really low, try 1700? You'll still lose, but slower and sustainably. Also, are you eating back exercise calories?
March 1, 2013 6:04 AM
I like to save my calories to one big meal a day so I feel full and satified. You have to figure out what it is for you. I also like feeling empty so I have both feeling every single day. Eating every 2 hours does not work for me at all. Nor does counting calories because it makes me obsess about food. You have to find your own groove and do not let anyone else tell you anything different. It is about figuring out what works for you specifically.
  14463935
March 1, 2013 7:19 AM
when your body does not get all the nutrients it needs, it calls out - with hunger. my 30# overweight problem came from not paying attention to the food pyramid. when i was hungry, i would choose more carbs, more breads! when you get a balanced diet, your body is satisfied - it is filled with quality fuel. our bodies are machines that require vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats for all our little cells to continue running at optimum. take a look at your overall diet and see which required nutrients you may be lacking.. moderation is the key to good success. someone pointed out to me one day --- follow a thin, healthy person for a day--- well, i began doing that to several healthy people, and low and behold, moderation was the key to success.. not too much of one thing and too little of another. so look at the amounts required and what you are taking in.... the answer may be there. just a suggestion.
March 1, 2013 7:36 AM
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Increase you're fats, esp EFA's. You'll find a small amount will sort you out.



Totally Off Subject - Is your significant other on MFP? If yes, could you share her username?Will like to take a look at her food diary and know what her routine is... She has an AMAZING figure! Thanks
  6138109
March 1, 2013 9:01 AM
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Your body is the expert. It's HUNGRY and it's telling you loud and clear.

Listen to all the good advice on this thread, please.


I totally don't believe this. People don't aimlessly wind up on a calorie counting site because listening to their body worked for them. Ignore your body, follow a regimen. Excellence is a habit.


We ended up on a calorie counting website because we listened to our minds, not our bodies, genius...

There's a difference between hunger and cravings, something us much bigger people have a hard time translating. If you genuinely FEEL hungry, then you MUST EAT. Get some rye bread, or snack on pumpkin seeds or something. Don't deprive yourself!


No there's not. You're wrong. Most people have no idea if they are really hungry or not. follow a regimen. It doesn't fail. "listening" to your body, whatever the hell that means, doesn';t work. If it did,. you wouldnt need to count calories. If you're going to insult me, at least be intelligent about it, genius.
March 1, 2013 9:03 AM
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Increase you're fats, esp EFA's. You'll find a small amount will sort you out.


This ^^

You said that you get adequate protein and fiber, but what about fats?
  25228168
March 1, 2013 9:12 AM
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you can't "starve" yourself if you eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day. Starvation effects only kick in after 72 hours of not eating anything, and even at that point it is minimal. ...

The effects of a diet too low in calories are very real. No one is talking starving as in you are about to keel over, we are talking about the body and the release of ghrelin in which the body attempts to make you eat more, and also the slow down down in metabolism in terms of the release of t3 being lowered.


Thanks ^^this is what I meant. Not starving, like "shut down" mode. But as in TRULY HUNGRY because of not eating enough nutrients over an extended period to feed your expected activity. Anything less than about 1000 calories under your actual average TDEE seems counterproductive, in my experience and readings.

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