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feeling hungry constantly

Ever since I started weight watchers I have felt hungry pretty much all the time. I am in range of my points, so it is working, but I am totally starving. Is this the deal?

Wed. Aug 22, 5:03pm

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Yes. 1000 calories doesn't cut it, right? I was starving all the time when I did it.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 5:05 PM

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Stay with it! Feeling hungry is not "the deal" forever -- in a couple of months your body will readjust your appetite to the new, healthy level. If this _doesn't_ happen you should check with your doctor.

Good job getting started -- put in a good few weeks now, and it just gets easier!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 5:07 PM

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Our bodies also sometimes confuse thirst with hunger... are you getting enough water?
I agree with the last poster too, if you are used to over-eating staying within point range will be hard at first. Stick with it, it gets easier I promise!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 5:16 PM

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I swear I had withdrawal when I first started counting calories and staying within my range. I was hungry all the time! Oh how I wanted to eat! But, just as the pp said, those feelings diminished and for me it was only a matter of weeks (if that) not months. I found when I made good meal/snack choices (made sure to include protein each time) then my hunger was minimal. By sticking to it and pushing through those "I wanna eat!!!" moments I was able to lose all my weight and I'm now in maintenance :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 5:20 PM

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I just want to agree with the above posters so you don't think it's only a couple of people. At the beginning I was soooo hungry all the time, I actually thought I would die of hunger, but guarenteed you won't. Now I am satisfied with much less food than I ever thought was possible, and the weight is coming off! Stick with it, it's worth it!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 5:52 PM

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protein helps you feel satisfied

try adding in some protein at every meal/snack. Egg whites and cottage cheese are good low calorie (low point) options, yogurt isn't bad, though it doesn't have the same amount of protein as cottage cheese (6 or 8g vs. 14g).

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 5:57 PM

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Add a tsp of cocoa and a sweetener to each half cup of cottage cheese and you'll think you're having dessert. Filling and it sticks with you.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 6:26 PM

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feeling hungry constantly

I appreciate the idea for cottage cheese with cocoa. Protein is the hardest thing for me! Any more tips like this would be much appreciated!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 9:00 PM

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1000 cals a day? Good gosh I would die. I had a brief trial with calorie counting- I was starving and exhausted at the end of the day. Could barely stay awake at work or complete my workout.

Just make sure you're still eating enough if you're working out. I don't know that ww makes proper accommodation for various activity levels.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 9:26 PM

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YOU on a diet by Mehmet Oz

Try reading this book! The authors say you should never be hungry, you should just choose healthy foods. I felt really hungry w/ WW as well until I learned to eat stuff with low points values-chicken breast, tons of the garden soup, and bulgur pilav. I lost weight with it, but have also lost a lot on my own. I have to say, though, that WW really did teach me about portion sizes. Before, I was eating 3 or 4 times what a normal portion is. Now I've learned to be satisfied with less.
Good luck!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 10:21 PM

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I follow the Fat Smash Diet and I eat a lot of beans and I swear I have not been hungry since I started doing this.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 10:58 PM

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