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Not satisfied during the day

During the day I find myself getting hungry even though I may eat small snacks. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to eat to curb the hunger?

Wed. May 25, 3:38pm

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Are you eating a sufficiant amount of protein? Protein holds you over longer between meals than carbs. I eat lowfat cottage cheese as a snack and I always make sure I have either turkey, chicken, tuna or salmon at lunch.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 5:36 PM

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Make sure you're eating a high fiber, high protein breakfast too. The more you eat in the begging of the day, the less you'll eat later. Good options are: oatmeal, fresh fruit, toast (multi-grain bread) with natural peanut butter, cereal, a glass of milk or juice, eggs (hard boiled is best), or even a protein shake.

Enjoy your breakfast!

Thursday, May 26, 2005, 10:28 AM

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How come hard boiled eggs are better? I love them so it works for me, but I was just wondering. Thanks!


Thursday, May 26, 2005, 10:30 AM

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Hard boiled or poached, just cause there's no other preparation calories or fat involved.

Thursday, May 26, 2005, 10:54 AM

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Bananas are my lifesaver. I have every day, usually around 3pm. They really fill me up until dinner time. It's seems to help if I eat it slowly too, and not just gobble it down. Sometimes if I want a special treat, I put a little (just a little) Hershey's chocolate syrup on it...It's like having a banana split without the guilt of ice cream/whip creamed. Delicious!
Bananas are excellent sources of potassium (good for your brain, and stops leg cramps).

Thursday, May 26, 2005, 5:33 PM

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If you prepare eggs any other way, you have to add cooking oil. Even if it's extra virgin olive oil or something like that, it still adds fat/calories.

I read this somewhere, I'm not 100% it's true, but when you boil an egg it also soaks up water, so it's fills you up more because of the water content.

Friday, May 27, 2005, 8:04 AM

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boiling eggs

The eggshell is a semipermeable membrane so that's possible but I would suspect its VERY minimal. Whats more likely tho is that it takes the body longer to breakdown a hardboiled egg than scrambled eggs.

Friday, May 27, 2005, 10:19 AM

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helps me, i usually get hungry soon after lunch but that holds me till the next day actually.

Friday, May 27, 2005, 12:38 PM

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Grape Nuts for b'fast or snack

You will not believe how true those old commercials are - you really don't get hungry for a LONG time. The ease of eating cereal from box, plus lots of satisfying crunching (I feel like that is half the battle!), sustained energy, and good nutrition. Just be careful to eat the portion size of 1/2 cup (PLENTY, really) - it never looks like much in the bowl, so I eat out of smaller bowls and add some fruit like banana or strawberries. Good luck!

Saturday, May 28, 2005, 9:54 AM

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My new trick is eating my "treat" foods for breakfast. For example, this morning I had a little ice cream. I love it, and figured why not enjoy it in the morning and burn it off during the day.

Thursday, September 28, 2006, 5:01 PM

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Additionally make sure you are getting adequate hydration. Sometimes when you think you're hungry you're actually thirsty.

Thursday, September 28, 2006, 5:09 PM

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The trick I've learned is to have a snack of the type of food you crave- if you crave salty snacks, something sweet won't satisfy and vice versa.

I've also noticed that for myself, some snacks become vicious cycles- having a cookie makes me crave more and more cookies...

Thursday, September 28, 2006, 5:28 PM

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Exactly, I agreee with the above poster. I crave cookies. And sometimes I can make myself only eat one or two but then later I want some more. I am trying to cut them out all together. I know if I can go without them for a while I will break this addiction...

Friday, September 29, 2006, 12:06 PM

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check out the thread on "diminishing returns". very insightful on the topic of eating too much of the foods we love...


Friday, September 29, 2006, 12:10 PM

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When I first started PT, if I wanted a snack, I'd go for something like pretzels or Baked Lays, because they're fairly low-calorie. And I'd eat a bagel in the morning with almost no cream cheese or anything b/c the cheese is so dense in calories. And I was always hungry. I figured out it was because I was eating mostly carbs, which aren't very good at keeping you full. I found I could eat half as much bagel with twice as much cheese, or some PB, etc. And just one serving of raw almonds (about 20 raw almonds, for abut 180 cals) would actually fill me up if I made sure to stop after 20, and then wait the time to digest them before I decided whether or not I was still hungry.

Add some proteins AND fats, cut snacks that are entirely simple carb, and you should feel full and satisfied.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 12:12 PM

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add a protien and high fiber! example low fat cheese stick and popcorn or All Bran snackbites. Banana and cheese stick or egg. This is what works for me!

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 8:30 AM

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Preemptive Stike Against Hunger - Hard Core Tactic

Not a war monger but somethings when I know I am weaking because of diet fatigue I take this hard core tactic. Keep in mind that I am a pretty big guy at 250#s.

In the morning I prep and microwave steam an entire head of califlower or an equivalent amount of broccoli and put in all in one storage container. Then at about 10:30 or 2:30 depending on the time of day that has been causing me difficulty, I warm it back up and eat the whole thing (or most of it) while drinking water. I do thins before I even begin to think about hunger pains.

This tactic is kind of gross but healthy and it won't let me pretend to be hungry for a long while. I only do this when I know that extreme measures are called for.

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 9:43 AM

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above poster - I also keep raw veggies on hand to stave off hunger and keep my hands/mouth busy during those lazy work hours before meals. I also find that my lunch or dinner tastes really good in comparison to broccoli and I enjoy it more. Though I really genuinely love the taste of cauliflower, it doesn't compare to a even a simple sandwich.

Sunday, October 01, 2006, 10:02 PM

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I make sure I have a protien and a fiber and a drink. I also make sure I sit when I eat1

Sunday, October 01, 2006, 10:23 PM

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Eating a whole head of cauliflower is very healthy for you and not gross at all. If you eat enough veggies each day, it will effect your health in a meaningful way.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 12:49 PM

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