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Solution to hunger besides drinking more water

This past week I am restricting myself to about 1250 calories, but I am always hungry. I weigh about 145 and I'm 5'3", so I can certainly survive on 1200 calories, but I don't want to feel hungry all day.
I'm going to try to incorporate more meat to feel more satisfied with my meals. Are there any other suggestions besides gum and more drinking water?

Fri. Oct 27, 7:35pm

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drink tea-i know, you're thinking it's no different than drinking water, but i find that a hot cup of ginger tea or green tea stops me from raiding the candy bin all the time!

also-try to eat foods w/ a high fiber content-fiber keeps you full for a LONG time!! i start the morning off w/ a high fiber cereal and that keeps me satisfied for at least 4 hours before i need a snack.

apples, bananas, munch on baby carrots/bell pepper slices-all very filling.

replace foods that you don't really need or don't give you much bang for your buck (sugar/cream in coffee, soda/juice, piece of halloween candy etc)-there are things we "want" but are way more calories than it's worth. i'll have a piece of halloween candy that is 110 calories and then think afterwards-SHOOT! i could have had a string cheese and an apple for those calories!

it's all about balance! good luck!

Friday, October 27, 2006, 10:35 PM

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those were really great suggestions!

Friday, October 27, 2006, 11:12 PM

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I read somewhere that if you take Omega-3 supplements around 20 mins before you eat it reduces your appetite. This might help.

Friday, October 27, 2006, 11:17 PM

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Have a serving of protein with each meal. Eggs, meat, fish, cottage cheese.

Saturday, October 28, 2006, 8:49 AM

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SOUP! Something warm (like the tea) will keep you fuller feeling than something cold. I don't know why, but it's true. Plus, many soups are between 75 to 100 calories a cup. A hot cup of vegetable soup with half a sandwich for lunch will keep you full almost until dinner. Then if you're still hungry, try microwave popcorn. I bought Pop Secrets mini serving bags, which are 100 calories a bag.

Sunday, October 29, 2006, 7:45 AM

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I know it probably sounds sacrilegious to most people here, but I've found that adding a little bit of fat (butter, olive oil, whole milk, etc.) has done wonders to keep me from being hungry. Adding a little bit fo fat has done wonders to keep my overall food and calorie intake down. That, and lowering the carbs (other than high fiber ones).

Sunday, October 29, 2006, 8:03 AM

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Yeah. I don't count fat grams. I do count calories.

Adding a regular serving of eggs (usually 2, with yolks), meat or fish to my meals keeps the hunger in check. Usually skinless, boneless cuts of meat, canned chicken, tuna or salmon. Frozen fish fillets of salmon, cod, orange roughy, pollock....These are some of my favorites that work into a healthy diet.

Sunday, October 29, 2006, 5:27 PM

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Add water to your food

I once read the results of a study on hunger in which one half of the participants were given 1 cup of stew and eight ounces of water in a glass. The other half was given 1 cup of stew with four ounces of water in a glass and the other four in their stew. The group with the water in their stew stayed full longer.

Monday, October 30, 2006, 8:15 AM

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Fat and known hunger retarders

In the Zone books, it talks about how important fat is to keep things balanced. And yes, if you are really hungry, a little more protein is probably needed but it also needs fat. Good fats though like olive oil - not vegetable oils and not the fat in a steak.

A great source of fat and protein that is one of those "I'm not hungry" chemical boosters is Almonds - about 10 is a serving and they are great to add to salads, grains, or just eat a handful.

Another "I'm not hungry" chemical booster is an apple - raw and whole - it's only about 100 calories but it makes a great snack or meal addition plus it truly does boost the "I'm not hungry" mode.

Monday, October 30, 2006, 12:49 PM

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Be hungry. Sounds strange, but feeling the hunger and ignoring it and doing other things is really the secret to being thin.

Monday, October 30, 2006, 6:24 PM

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I know this is odd, but I realized that every day that I do yoga I'm less hungry and eat less. My instructors said it's bcz we do inversions, which smush your thyroid gland and makes you less hungry. I definitely think it works.

Monday, October 30, 2006, 9:33 PM

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Have you considered that may be so few calories that your body is really feeling starved? Have you tried just one or two hundred more to see if you can still lose weight but feel less hungry? Can you eat a little more but increase your activity to burn off another hundred calories?

The others make a lot of great suggestions, especially the soup ones. I find the more veggie soup I eat, the more I lose weight. Even just broth helps, but watch out for the sodium content.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:17 AM

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I second the yoga. I think it's an EXCELLENT way to curb hunger, get more in touch with feelings and well being.

Thursday, November 23, 2006, 9:59 AM

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