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Old 09-01-2011, 04:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hunger in regards to dieting.

Hello everyone. First I'd like to say that I've been a long time reader of this forum and have now recently decided to finally make an account.

For my first post I'd like to know is it common to always be hungry when dieting?

I try to eat more smaller meals through the day, but for some reason I always seem to be hungry. Is this a sign that maybe I should eat more?

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends if your hungry or not..if its like a physical pain such as your stomach hurts,light headed etc, your hungry. Just drink tons of water.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As long as you are keeping track of how much you take in. You cant go off how hungry you feel. When you diet you usually cut down the size. Your body isnt used to it so it's going to be a little kid and kick and scream. Try like Marc said and increase water intake or try more filling foods
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If it's just wanting to eat, ignore it. If you're light headed/in pain like G said then you're not eating enough or the right foods.

I've gotten to the point where I confuse hunger for boredom and stuff my face. Go go metabolism!

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Old 09-04-2011, 11:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Honestly hunger is the hardest thing to deal with while dieting. Your brain is used to x amount of food, and if you decrease that amount its like "da fux brah? where mah food at?" and you experience hunger in excess of what you actually need.

There are pretty much two ways to handle it, either A. be a super badass and say I don't even give a f*ck, or B. look into a supplement/substance that is or contains a hunger suppressant. Coffee, and Oxyelite Pro off the top of my head come to mind.
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I almost never feel hunger. If you plan your diet out you shouldnt experience it much either. Let me introduce you to a friend of main his name is steel cut mother****ing oats. In a bowl of my friend is 110 calories, 2 grams of fat and 18carbs. This bowl of my friend will fill you the **** up. Add some calorie free sweetner, lowfat peanut butter, skim milk w.e you want.

Drink lots of water, calorie free green teas, coffee.

There are things you can eat a lot of and still be fine. Things like mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini and carrots with maybe some no calorie dressing. There always popcorn, blueberries, watermelon, pickles. I mean theres a ton of stuff just count your calories.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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First off sorry for the late responses. Just moved and it's taking longer for the cable company to come out and hook up my internet than expected.

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Depends if your hungry or not..if its like a physical pain such as your stomach hurts,light headed etc, your hungry. Just drink tons of water.
Not light headed, just the feeling of being hungry. Annoying as hell, but no pain.

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As long as you are keeping track of how much you take in. You cant go off how hungry you feel. When you diet you usually cut down the size. Your body isnt used to it so it's going to be a little kid and kick and scream. Try like Marc said and increase water intake or try more filling foods
Thank you. I'm not drinking a ton of water so I'll try that over the next few days and see how it does.

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If it's just wanting to eat, ignore it. If you're light headed/in pain like G said then you're not eating enough or the right foods.

I've gotten to the point where I confuse hunger for boredom and stuff my face. Go go metabolism!

Welcome to the forum also!
Well I might be confusing hunger for boredom lately, as yes I've been really bored. >.>

Thanks for the welcome!

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Honestly hunger is the hardest thing to deal with while dieting. Your brain is used to x amount of food, and if you decrease that amount its like "da fux brah? where mah food at?" and you experience hunger in excess of what you actually need.
Haha thanks for that! The mental image of my body being like "da fux brah" was hilarious!

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I almost never feel hunger. If you plan your diet out you shouldnt experience it much either. Let me introduce you to a friend of main his name is steel cut mother****ing oats. In a bowl of my friend is 110 calories, 2 grams of fat and 18carbs. This bowl of my friend will fill you the **** up. Add some calorie free sweetner, lowfat peanut butter, skim milk w.e you want.

Drink lots of water, calorie free green teas, coffee.

There are things you can eat a lot of and still be fine. Things like mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini and carrots with maybe some no calorie dressing. There always popcorn, blueberries, watermelon, pickles. I mean theres a ton of stuff just count your calories.
That sounds good! I'll try out some oats when I go shopping tomorrow.


Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll try this out over the next week and let you know how things went!
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Drinking water will help as sometimes hunger pangs subside with drinking fluids. Also try increasing your protein intake each meal as protein will help you feel fuller for longer.

Xeb is right, you shouldnt feel hungry all the time. If you do youre either not eating the right things, or its psychological. Like Xeb said, pad out your meals with things such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach leaves, and the added bonus is that theyre full of important b vitamins.
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Sometimes it takes a while for your body to adjust the lower calorie intake. Its possible that you are making the change in diet too rapidly, which could be partially responsible for the hunger, but if its not too extreme, and isn't accompanied by headaches and/or fatigue, its not a big deal.

I strongly recommend just sticking to it. If you start to feel fatigue during workouts, then you may want to find a way to supplement your calories a little, but otherwise, I think there's likely not much of an issue.

Really I'm just reiterating what marc and G have said already, because that's the important stuff. It can take some time to adjust to a new diet, so its likely just a normal side effect of switching to a healthier meal plan. But if it is extreme hunger, then its probably worth a closer look.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Find some low/no-calorie foods to add bulk to your meals.
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