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I've decided to try the " Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full " approach to losing weight, but I'm finding that I am rarely actually hungry, even when I eat very small portions at meals.
Does anyone else feel this way?
Fri. Jul 27, 8:41am
YES! I had the SAME problem!!
Ends up I slowed down my metabolism somehow and was never really hungry. I've found that my current schedule works really well and after 2 days on it, you'll be getting hungry around 'feeding' times. Don't worry about feeling like you're eating all the time.. I felt the same, and I lost weight. (I'm also currently on the FSD..I go the idea for the shedule from them...also you're supposed to eat 5X per day). I'll also tell you what I ate yesterday, so you get an idea of how much to eat, etc.
8-9AM - Breakfast. (3 egg white omletee with LOADS of veggies)
12 - Snack. (FSD friendly cookies that I made [link below] + 1 glass milk.)
2-3 PM - Lunch (1.5 cups brown rice, .5 cup black beans, veggies galore..all mixed together into yumminess)
6-7 PM - Dinner - (Tomatoes, salad, cucumbers, corn)
Random snack # 5 - Sometimes I'm hungry between lunch and dinner..sometimes I'm not. Yesterday I was, and I made rice pudding (.5 cup brown rice, 1 cup milk, vanilla, banana all mixed and boiled to creaminess) If I'm hungry after diinner, I'll eat something TINY, especially if it's late. Usually fruit. This is the hardest, but the most important. If you eat a heavier snack and allow yourself to get overly filled up after dinner, you won't be hungry at breakfast and that'll kill the whole schedule over again. The first few days you might feel like you're 'forcing' yourself to eat (not to over eat... just to eat when you're really not that hungry).
Also, 8-10 glasses of water per day. Absolute must. Between meals, all the time. I get those giant 1 liter (4 cups) bottles of 'Smart Water' and have one by me everywhere I go...Uusally I end up drinking 3 of them per day.
Sorry for how long this reply was. Hope it helped!
Friday, July 27, 2007, 8:58 AM
I'm never really hungry anymore and when I am, I don't really feel like eating much.
I eat something for breakfast, maybe have a piece of fruit or nuts before lunch. Then lunch is usually a salad or sandwich. I might have some nuts around 4:00, then I eat a light dinner around 7:30.
I find myself getting full faster, too, and midway through eating something I don't really want to eat it anymore.
Friday, July 27, 2007, 11:17 AM
My problem with this approach is that by the time I realize I'm hungry, I'm ravenous. Too ravenous to enjoy my meal, too ravenous to wait 20 minutes to see if I'm satisfied before reaching for a second round.
However, when I eat on a schedule regardless of hunger, I do surprise myself occasionally by eating less than originally planned because I've taken the time to digest and feel full.
Friday, July 27, 2007, 11:51 AM
Well, the thing is that I never get ravenously hungry, so that's not really a problem for me.
Thanks for all the advice!
Friday, July 27, 2007, 1:47 PM
I hate to sound like a pessimist-but you might want to get to a doctor if you don't have an appetite and have lost 10 pounds or more without trying.
Saturday, July 28, 2007, 8:08 PM
Well, I certainly haven't lost any weight without trying. ;) The problem is that the amout of food that my body seems to need isn't enough to satisfy me, so I end up eating when I'm not hungry. I'm definately a pleasure eater.
Saturday, July 28, 2007, 9:38 PM
There are actual people out there without appetites, it a glitch in the system that doesn't notify a person when they need nutrition. Since your here to lose weight I doubt that is your case, but I thought that you might be interested in knowing some people don't even have the option of listening to thier bodies they have to rely on clocks. Its funny though how mental our eating is isn't it (or maybe not so funny) but rarely does my stomach grumble before I eat we obsese about food so much that hunger is really more frustration within our minds than physical need. If your a pleasure eater know try to focus on the fact that what you tasted good but you dont need to experience that constantly, let it be a memory and find another activity that gives you pleasure, you'll find that even talking to other people is a pleasure activity.
Sunday, July 29, 2007, 12:30 PM
You're lucky. IT seems like I'm always hungry, even when I eat all of my points for the day. :(
Saturday, August 04, 2007, 9:09 AM
I used to not really have an appetite either, or I would feel hungry only once I because truly ravenous and then I'd eat way too much. But for 2 months or so now I've been eating small meals around every 3 hours. Now I get hungry every 3 hours and I get satisfied pretty quickly as well. I think those small meals plus regular exercise have made things a lot easier.
I think if you start mindfully eating the right amounts at the right times (no emotional eating!), your body will adapt to your eating schedule. At least, after 2 months of planning out meals, mine did for me!
Saturday, August 04, 2007, 10:05 AM
12.30, I think the disease you're reffering to is called CIPA, and that's taking the OP's idea bit too far. Know all the facts before you post something.
People with CIPA feel neither pain nor discomfort. Yes, they don't feel hunger, but they also don't feel any type of pain at all. They use the time on the clock to eat, but also to remind themselves to go to the bathroom, because they don't feel that little discomfort. Also, their bodies don't recognize the discomfort of overheating, and thus, they don't sweat. They need to check their temperatures every few hours. Many times, they'll be touching something overly hot, without noticing, and get 2nd or 3rd degree burns without realizing what even happened.
It's a dangerous and life-threatening disease. Don't use it to make an example out of someone. Yes, she doesn't have an appitite, but comparing that to a disease is stupid.
Saturday, August 04, 2007, 3:31 PM
Losing hunger and apetite
It is not my present state, but the last time I dieted I got to a pretty good size and shape but I was isanely disinterested in food and unable to eat based on hunger signals. I got really scared when this happened. I also was pretty obsessed about the shape of my limbs, butt, tummy, etc., and disliked myself for being so image focused. The obsession is the disease--nothing else. Eating obsessively to curb lonliness or numb feelings, not eating or starving out of anxiety about looks -- that is the disease! Our entire society is obsessed with diet pills, make-up, youth, sugary pleasures, materialism...you name it. The cure for any obsession is BALANCE. Friends, we need to find balance in our lives. For that we have to TUNE OUT the commercial messages and tune into our INNER KNOWLEGE. Getting help with this is important -- peers (virtual or 'real'), doctors, therpists, support groups, loved ones, are all good support tools. . . and in the end. . . WE have to take responsibility for what we choose and do not choose. This time around my goal is BALANCE. No starvation...no obsession...no CRAZINESS!
Sunday, August 05, 2007, 4:23 PM
I just bumped this thread... This sounds just like me. How can I not be hungry?? Moderate to vigorous cardio 4-6X a week, 1000-1200 calories eated per day, no refined sugar/processed food, drink lots of water, am 316 lbs and weight loss seems to have stopped... It doesn't sound right and it doesn't add up.
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