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TOM is ruining my weightloss plan

I have been trying to stay in my calorie range I can curve my appetite for sweets and salt, but I am not getting satisfaction, 20 min after eating something like a chicken breast I will have hunger pains even after drinking 3 glasses of water. It seems as if water makes it worse. I have come to far to give up now. This doesn't happen to me every month but once in a while it does and this is crucial to my weight loss. I am not craving anything in particular I just want not to feel hungry. Exercise usually makes me feel full so I am going to work out and see if that helps.

Wed. Mar 28, 11:30am

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oh geez-when i have my period, i just ride w/ it! it's really hard to be rational and stop myself from eating a bunch of chocolate or something fatty/salty. I don't make a big deal about it because I don't do it everyday, or even every week. But I haven't had two or three days of freedom every month impede my progress so I don't think it's all that bad.

If you aren't really hungry but are feeling hunger pains maybe you should try to eat more high fiber foods (no clue what your diet is like)-fiber keeps me feeling full for hours. And make sure all of your meals have a little protein/fat in them for satiety.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 12:13 PM

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it's days like these that i wish there was some kind of savory-flavored pepperoni pizza gum, or fried chicken gum to offset my cravings!!! any entrepreneurs out there?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 12:36 PM

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OP here....I do oatmeal every morning, it usually helps I just worked out for 50 min and I feel a little better I am not feeling starved like I was.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 1:36 PM

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I find that no matter how well I stick to my weight loss plan, the only weight I lose is the 2-lb bloat I gain. So I eat about 25% more during ToM and find that it has no negative impact on the scale for me.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 1:47 PM

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I'm on the pill and skip the placebo for three months so I'm only getting my period 4 times a year. This doesn't help with cravings or anything when I have it but at least it's a lot less often.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 2:02 PM

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Hmm, I'm still trying to figure out what this has to do with your TOM? Maybe your not eating the right combination of foods? What do you eat with that chicken breast?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 7:15 PM

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>>OP ....I am on WW, I dont do well with carbs like breads and rice so I avoid them at all cost I had oatmeal for breakfast with 2 cups of water, I had 1 cup of pears for a snack and the half of a chickens breast and chicken leg baked with no skin for lunch I had 3 cups a water with the chicken. This is all before my workout, after my workout I was back to normal. This only happens to me when its that TOM.

I'm open to all suggestions of what this could be other than TOM and solutions to help.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 8:22 PM

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To me it seems like maybe around your period you're just craving more flavor! all of the things you ate are semi bland...and maybe that satisfies you most of the time but during your period you want more flavor? I would try to see if it helped to eat an interesting salad w/ berries and nuts etc or maybe a spicy dish, or a few very rich chocolates... they dont necessarily have to be full of calories just more rich in flavor! for ideas on low calorie treats check out and look up the nutrition info of foods you like:)
Also if you feel like grazing all day it might be that your body is tired from your period (mine always is...I get major fatigue). Sleeping will help you feel rejuvinated and also give you less time to snack. If you feel like snacking, take a nap:)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 8:49 PM

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I'm the same! For the 4-5 days before my period, I eat about 3,000 calories each of those days. I usually eat 1750-2000 calories every other day. I feel like I can't control it. Like the one poster above said, I just "let it ride". I have to remind myself that it happens every month, and that it will be over soon. The two weeks after my period every month is usually the only headway I make in the weight-loss department. Even though I have these eating days, I've still managed to lose.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 6:37 AM

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maybe you're "confusing" the hunger pains with cramps? there's a lot going on down there during this time and perhaps the signals are just crossed or mixed or misinterpreted? if not, i agree with the suggestio to spice-it-up a little or introduce a little more variety to satisfy your cravings.

i would totally try pepperoni pizza gum!

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 7:38 AM

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I personally find WW is just too little food, and the point system seems to discourage people from choosing healthy foods like nuts and healthy fats which can help with satiety. I would get hungry later if I too had just pears and chicken breast for a meal. That's such a low fat meal, and also not enough complex carbohydrates. Try some whole grains (slice of whole grain toast or rye crisp type crackers) and small amounts of nuts or a little olive oil on your chicken or a ltittle salad.

Friday, March 30, 2007, 6:46 PM

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Whose Tom?

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 7:31 AM

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My brain completely disconnects from my body for a week before my period. I don't know if I'm hungy, I just know I HAVE to eat.
I think it may be because I'm missing things from my diet that help with healthy body function, so I'm supplementing now.
Also a really important tool for me is to keep a graph chart of my weight loss, with the dates marked when I get my period-this helps me see the pattern, so I can say-Aha! Of course I gained, but it was THAT week. I used to stand on my scale and say no, no, no, no, how can that be?I I worked out ten hours last week!
If feels a little two steps forward, one step back and that is hard, but overall it's the right direction.

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 3:17 PM

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