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How Can I Reduce Hunger Pangs?

I am doing fairly well at changing my eating habits so that I eat more healthy foods and smaller portions. I am using the Weight Watchers point system to guide me (22 points daily) and I am really struggling with hunger pangs. I am starving when I get up in the morning, and late at night I want snacks because I am really hungry. I am trying to find some snacks that are healthy, no added sugar, and filling.

How do you guys deal with hunger pangs?

Thu. Jun 30, 8:16am

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1. drink lots of water

2. sugar free jello

3. sugar free popsicles

4. pretzels are really low points

Thursday, June 30, 2005, 8:17 AM

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Tomato juice or tomato soup does a fairly good job of quelling hunger pangs. Just be mindful of the salt content -- it can be pretty high.

Also: swap fruit juice for whole fruit -- more fiber=staying full longer.

Drinking water does help, too.

Thursday, June 30, 2005, 8:28 AM

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My boyfriend makes fun of me because I talk about protein a lot, but he's hungry all the time, and I'm not, and I eat WAY more protein than he does.

Some suggestions:
cottage cheese
string cheese
sliced ham
yogurt (especially plain - you can add your own sweetener - honey, maple syrup, fresh fruit - to control the amount of sugar)
soy milk or low fat milk
protein bars (balance and zone are my favorite brands - careful, though, they have 200+ cals each)

Also, eating some complex carbs and fiber with your protein can stave off hunger pangs even longer.

Thursday, June 30, 2005, 9:13 AM

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Weight Watchers experience

I tried weight watchers about three months ago and I just couldn't do it because I was starving all the time! I was eating protein, my snacks were usually cottage cheese, I almost always had some turkey or fish for dinner. But I stil felt weak and starved most of the time.

So I dropped the weight watchers and just started counting my calories and watching my protein to carb intake. Not to my surprise, I was able to eat more and still stay under 1800-2000 calories. I don't know how many calories I was eating on weight watches, but whatever it was it was way to little for me!

It's really not good for your body to feel hungry all the time. As most of you probably know, your body hangs very tightly to the little food it receives when you are hungry all the time, it goes into starvation mode so it's very counter productive. You might even end up gaining weight!

Thursday, June 30, 2005, 10:43 AM

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WW word of caution

Especially if you are exercising a lot - you may not be getting enough calories on weight watchers. 22 points is not enough calories for an active person. Have you looked through some of the threads on the ww web site? You can post and will get such GREAT advice.

You could also switch to Core if that helps. It's normal to be hungry once in a while and ignore it, but if you're starving all the time, then your body is telling you something.

You may also want to make sure that you're getting enough healthy fats in your diet - fat gives us the best satiety. Maybe add some olive oil to your salad, or have 4% cottage cheese instead of non-fat, eat an avocado or a handful of nuts a couple of times per week.

Good luck.

Thursday, June 30, 2005, 12:19 PM

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