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Always Hungry

On a daily basis, I generally eat very healthy and I work out 3 days a week. The problem is, is that I love to eat and I'm hungry all of the time. Everywhere I go, there is food being offered to eat for free(and it is generally not the healthy type), so I eat it. I can't not turn down the food. Please, I need some suggestions.

Thank you.

Wed. Oct 25, 2:54pm

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i suggested this the last time i came across this topic in a thread...could you think about it like this: if someone was giving away cigarettes, would you smoke them just because they're free?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 3:07 PM

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here is a link to an earlier discussion on this...


Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 3:08 PM

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I've heard that people can mistake thirst for hunger.. personally I don't know how, but drinking a glass of water when you're hungrey can slove the trick....

of course if you're really, really hungery all the time try eating a diet high in fiber. This will help yor retain water and make you feel more full- not to mention the added benefit of being regular if you know what I mean.

Foods that are high in fiber are whole grains like oats and bran- please note brown rice although considered a whole grain has no to little fiber and is not beneficial in this circumstance, vegetables (celery surprisingly has the most fiber content), and friuts all have fiber. Beware of eating too many servings of these foods, especially whole grains and friuts (they have higher calories per serving than vegetables).

Take a look at your BMI and activity level to see how many calories/serviings you should be eating per day- you may be too restrictive accounting for the constant hunger. A good website to check out is (link below) this will keep you on track of you are at all unsure of how you should be goaling yourself.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 3:13 PM

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actually, a cup of brown rice has 3.5 grams of fiber...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 3:16 PM

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I used to have this same problem. I was ALWAYS hungry. My doctor explained that fruits and veggies and grains burn off in 2 hours or less, but meat will sustain for longer periods of time. Now I work in eggs, cottage cheese, fish or lean meat with each meal. As a result, it is not uncommon for me to go 6 hours until the next meal on the weekends. I have a schedule on weekdays of every 4 hours. Plus, when I do get hungry, it is a different kind of hunger. It is not so painful and I don't get weak or shakey.

This was a difficult adjustment for me because I was not much of a meat eater. I can only tolerate the leanest of lean. Skin, bone and fat gross me out on steaks and chicken, etc. But, now that I have been doing it for a while, I know what cuts to buy, etc.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 3:35 PM

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It's me, 3:35 PM poster again. The change in my diet also eliminated most of my cravings and sweet tooth.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 3:39 PM

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Have you asked your group/team members to take a look at your logs and see if they have any suggestions? Maybe there are more filling things you could be eating in your diet and your wasting many of your calories on things that are just not as filling.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 4:27 PM

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3:35pm poster is right!

Eat 6 mini meals a day, protein at each: eggs, egg whites, cottage cheese, lean meats, protein shakes. Eat this way for 3 days and your hunger will go away. I was stuck on a horrible plateau, working out heavily for 6 days/week and STARVING all the time. I met with a specialist and he gave me this program, within 2-3 days, cravings were gone and - seriously, believe it or not - I actually had trouble eating all of my food.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 9:21 PM

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one more thing (from the 9:21pm poster)...

A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE treated me like it was all in my head. My Weight Watchers buddies ("if you stick to the program, you'll lose weight") and nutritionists ("don't snack between meals!") and they were all f*cking WRONG. I'm a strong girl and they made me feel like I was crazy. I even went to my doctor for diet pills because I assumed that there must be something really wrong with me. Why didn't I have will power? What's going on in my brain? Is it addiction?

But I got on this program (6 mini-meals with protein, reasonable carbs, lots of veggies) and I lost 8 pounds of fat in 6 weeks - even added 4 pounds of muscle - without being hungry even once. Oh, and this includes one "cheat" day (on a day that you do a challenging workout).

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 9:25 PM

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Chromium Picolinate

I used to have a lot of problems with hunger too. I read an article one time that said chromium picolinate helps regulate the release of insulin and helps control hunger. I take 2 200 mg capsules in the morning and at bedtime. That combined with trying to eat more protein has helped me tremendously.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 10:31 PM

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I agree with a number of posters about more frequent but mini meals. Same foods, just split up in to little meals. Also, after reading The Zone, I became convinced that I needed some protein and fat in every little meal, and that I was eating way to many carbohydrates. I used to get low blood sugar all of the time, and then ended up eating whatever was near because I was feeling horrible, now that doesn't happen so much. Try experimenting to see what works for you.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 4:53 AM

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agree with 9:21pm/ 9:25 PM poster

10/25, 3:35pm poster here. I too, have experience that with the frequent meals with protein included that I don't get as hungry and it is easy to stay with my calorie goal and many times I am just not hungry.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 11:32 AM

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10/25, 9:25pm poster - how tall are you and how much do you weigh, if I may ask? I am 5'10'' and weigh 168. Am desperately trying to lose at least 8 pounds. Been doing cardio 5x/wk, eating healthy. Stuck in a serious plateau! Always mix up my workouts. I'm bummed.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 11:39 AM

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Above - give it time! Keep up your hard work! Vary your diet as well - you may need to actually eat more some days to keep your metabolism revved up. Then go back to a reduced calorie diet for a few days. It may take 6-8 weeks to get those eight pounds off. Also, try weight training! It will build lean muscle which will also increase your metabolism.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 12:40 PM

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10/25, 9:25pm poster here...

I am 43, 5.9, female and 197. I have been doing this for about two weeks and the change has been astounding!!! I started at 205. I have really only had the hang of it for 2 weeks. My body is really responding. I can feel the inches coming off. Definitely recommend the weight training along with 30 min cardio. Muscle revs the metabolism. I don't count points, I count calories. For now I do 1700. That is supposed to get me to 170 lbs. After that, I will adjust accordingly.

Seriously, for the first time in my life, I feel that I have control over my hunger and really believe I will reach my ultimate goal!

You should join my team. We have a whole team of HUNGRY people trying to get a grip. We are great at supporting each other.

If you are interested, here is the link...



Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:29 PM

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Ronda, is your group full? I tried the link, nothing happened.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:36 PM

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No. It is a team. So, the more the merrier.
Go to the Teams list and look for
"Cheat & Binge - NO MORE"

Not sure why the link didn't work Here it is again, tho. Maybe I didn't capture the whole URL or something.


Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:43 PM

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Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:44 PM

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I use diet software to log my food each day. The software I use (I downloaded mine from also keeps track of 30 nutrients. When I saw that I was getting only small amounts of some nutrients, I changed my diet to fix the deficiencies, and my hunger problems went away. I paid $50 for my software, but there are some websites like fitday, nutridiary, and that will let you log your food and see your nutrients for free. Even if you only do it for a few days, the experience could be eye-opening. In particular, I was getting plenty of vitamins from my food, yet very few minerals, so I quit taking a multi-vitamin and started taking a multi-mineral instead.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:46 PM

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I agree totally -- I went to a nutritionist and she said eat often -- 3 to 4 hours -- and always include protein. The goal is not to get so hungry you're ravenous. Some people have the kind of metabolism which needs small but substantial meals and snacks through the day.
This does work for me -- the problem is making sure I eat breakfast within an hour of waking. If I let it go after that (and sad to say I often do) it means I'll be very hungry at night.
hope this helps!

Friday, October 27, 2006, 2:49 AM

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yes its true about always being hungry can be a bind, but don't be fooled by your size, some people look taller because they have somehoe gained height and thereofr made there BMI less simply by being taller. Take a look at this site for more info maybe it is a little off subject but looking at height and weight charts gives us all an idea of our ideal size and something to aim at regarding the type and amout of fodder we ingest


Saturday, June 06, 2009, 7:27 AM

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Hunger is my friend

I have found that the way for me to be thin is to make peace with a certain amount of hunger. How many others live with hunger??

Sunday, June 07, 2009, 12:32 AM

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chasing hunger

I can relate! I'm excercising more and as a result, I'm hungrier as well. Right after my work out, I have 25g protein shake plus a carb and I'm still hungry.
I'm hungry and frustrated... Any ideas??

Thursday, June 11, 2009, 8:43 PM

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hungry all the time!

Feeling frustrated, I eat every 2 hrs on the dot. I eat well balanced meal s including 3 25g or more protein+carb snacks. But I'm always hungry! Arg!

I recently started exercising after my chiro helped to heal my back. I'm now training with good personal trainer and last year, I lost 67lbs. with nutrition alone. I'm trying a new whey protein shake instead of eating fish or meat. And, I'm soo hungry. I drank 3 liters of water today. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can stay feeling full. More fiber? More whey?

Thursday, June 11, 2009, 8:53 PM

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Find a book called Volumetrics, or something really close to that. It talk about how you can choose certain foods that you can eat a lot of for the same or fewer calories, and the other health benefits. Made a lot of sense to me. Maybe you really are just not eating enough volume. Fiber and water (in your food) are key.

Thursday, June 11, 2009, 9:06 PM

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Hunger and height

Just noting that there is another website claiming to make people taller, this time it's only for Japanese, can you believe it!? Your are right in saying that ones BMI will not be correct as being taller than you should be throws things out of sink, take a look< I'm sure this has to be a scam but might try it anyway: any ideas ladies perrrrrrrlease



Wednesday, October 07, 2009, 5:41 PM

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