Controlling appetite while studying?

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    Nov 29, 2009 3:41 AM GMT
    So it's that time of the semester towards final week of school where classes are getting more demanding. My problem is that I have really high appetite and it's been really really tough for me to maintain my weight since I ALWAYS get hungry again and again during and after studying. What makes it worse is that I usually crave HIGH fat, junk food.

    I've been pretty successful so far keeping my weight by jogging longer than usual, but it seems useless since I would eat, and then burn it, and it goes on.

    I was wondering if any of you have success stories and tips on how to control appetite especially during or after studying? I've been looking it up online but it would be nice to hear real results.

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    Nov 29, 2009 8:28 AM GMT
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    4 out of 5 students eat junk food while studying.
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    Nov 29, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    Is your hunger gradual or is it coming on as a real fast, specific craving such as a sugar craving? I tend to do the same thing when I'm stressed out. The most effective means of "controlling" it is just not to have a bunch of junk in the house.
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    Nov 29, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
    Unsalted Trail Mix (Maybe without the chocolate part)

    Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

    Nuts are great for energy. just stuff a buncha nuts in your mouth.

    Other small things that require a little effort to eat ;)
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    Nov 29, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    iactuary saidSo it's that time of the semester towards final week of school where classes are getting more demanding. My problem is that I have really high appetite and it's been really really tough for me to maintain my weight since I ALWAYS get hungry again and again during and after studying. What makes it worse is that I usually crave HIGH fat, junk food.

    I've been pretty successful so far keeping my weight by jogging longer than usual, but it seems useless since I would eat, and then burn it, and it goes on.

    I was wondering if any of you have success stories and tips on how to control appetite especially during or after studying? I've been looking it up online but it would be nice to hear real results.

    Thanks icon_smile.gif


    If you aren't eating enough complex carbohydrates, and are deficient in calories, and have low blood sugar you'll have craving for junk because they effect satiety quickly. It's your body's way of telling you that you aren't eating enough and it's calling you to action to increase your calories. You FIX IT by eating properly; eating adequate calories; eating good calories. If you are properly nourished, you WILL NOT have cravings.

    One good effect of the proper nutrition is that your academic performance will IMPROVE because you'll be able to think properly. Eating and exercise along with rest, can markedly improve your mental performance.

    EAT. EAT. EAT....for a sound MIND and a sound BODY. It's a no-brainer, that you don't need a college degree to understand.

    Again, properly nourished, your academic performance will improve and your cravings will subside. You FIX IT by proper nutrition. It's your body telling you to feed it.
  • rdberg1957

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    Nov 29, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    Substitution seems to be the best strategy, making sure to continue exercise even on heavy study days. I substitute soy nuts (protein), a small portion of cashews and raisins, and raw vegetables for high calorie snacks. I'm not sure why mental activity stimulates appetite, but I seem to need physical breaks to curb it (walking outdoors, exercise, meditation). I am not saying I had great success because I did top out at 348 and needed gastric bypass to put the brakes on my cravings. Currently, I am at 224 and would like to stabilize around 210.
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    Nov 29, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    rdberg1957 saidSubstitution seems to be the best strategy, making sure to continue exercise even on heavy study days. I substitute soy nuts (protein), a small portion of cashews and raisins, and raw vegetables for high calorie snacks. I'm not sure why mental activity stimulates appetite, but I seem to need physical breaks to curb it (walking outdoors, exercise, meditation). I am not saying I had great success because I did top out at 348 and needed gastric bypass to put the brakes on my cravings. Currently, I am at 224 and would like to stabilize around 210.


    Thinking / mental activity uses GLUCOSE (blood sugar) and that's why it's so important to have adequate complex carbohydrate in the diet. Fast carbs, like raisins, and low calorie carbs, like carrots, are not right for long term nutrition. Fast carbs bounce your insulin up too high, and then you crash. Low calorie stuff simply doesn't provide enough calories. You need to eat low glycemic index dense carbs for stable blood sugar levels and sound mental and physical performance without an insulin roller coaster.

    Lots of fat folks fail to understand insulin management, and eat all the wrong things, that either don't have enough calories, or spike insulin (like you here).

    Exercise moderates blood sugar levels (brings them down), when you eat fast carbs. With fat folks, their insulin sensitivity is bad, which causes their blood sugar to go high, and...end up with type 2 diabetes, a 100% preventable disease.

    You likely got fat because you failed to understand the science of eating, and it looks like you still don't. I encourage you to research satiation, glycemic indexes, and insulin management.
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    Nov 29, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    I usually turned to apples or some hamburger helper microwave cups to keep me filled when studying. Otherwise a quesadilla or, as shared above, some sunflower seeds!

    Good luck man and definitely keep yourself fed. A happy stomach means more time to earnestly study and not be distracted.
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    Nov 29, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
    I have an extremely high metabolism as well. And I have that problem, too.

    I keep V8, yogurt, nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, and veggies on hand all the time, because they're quick and easy.

    However, I don't always practice what I preach, and ran out of stuff at work recently when I had to work extremely long hours for two weeks straight, and I went from 158 down to 147.
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    Dec 12, 2009 1:14 PM GMT
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    iactuary saidSo it's that time of the semester towards final week of school where classes are getting more demanding. My problem is that I have really high appetite and it's been really really tough for me to maintain my weight since I ALWAYS get hungry again and again during and after studying. What makes it worse is that I usually crave HIGH fat, junk food.

    I've been pretty successful so far keeping my weight by jogging longer than usual, but it seems useless since I would eat, and then burn it, and it goes on.

    I was wondering if any of you have success stories and tips on how to control appetite especially during or after studying? I've been looking it up online but it would be nice to hear real results.

    Thanks icon_smile.gif


    If you aren't eating enough complex carbohydrates, and are deficient in calories, and have low blood sugar you'll have craving for junk because they effect satiety quickly. It's your body's way of telling you that you aren't eating enough and it's calling you to action to increase your calories. You FIX IT by eating properly; eating adequate calories; eating good calories. If you are properly nourished, you WILL NOT have cravings.

    One good effect of the proper nutrition is that your academic performance will IMPROVE because you'll be able to think properly. Eating and exercise along with rest, can markedly improve your mental performance.

    EAT. EAT. EAT....for a sound MIND and a sound BODY. It's a no-brainer, that you don't need a college degree to understand.

    Again, properly nourished, your academic performance will improve and your cravings will subside. You FIX IT by proper nutrition. It's your body telling you to feed it.


    So are you saying I should eat more complex carb food like brown rice, pasta, etc? I looked at the list of complex carb food online and I'm gonna try changing my diet and I'll see what happens. Thanks!
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    Dec 12, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidThinking / mental activity uses GLUCOSE (blood sugar) and that's why it's so important to have adequate complex carbohydrate in the diet. Fast carbs, like raisins, and low calorie carbs, like carrots, are not right for long term nutrition. Fast carbs bounce your insulin up too high, and then you crash. Low calorie stuff simply doesn't provide enough calories. You need to eat low glycemic index dense carbs for stable blood sugar levels and sound mental and physical performance without an insulin roller coaster.

    Lots of fat folks fail to understand insulin management, and eat all the wrong things, that either don't have enough calories, or spike insulin (like you here).

    Exercise moderates blood sugar levels (brings them down), when you eat fast carbs. With fat folks, their insulin sensitivity is bad, which causes their blood sugar to go high, and...end up with type 2 diabetes, a 100% preventable disease.

    You likely got fat because you failed to understand the science of eating, and it looks like you still don't. I encourage you to research satiation, glycemic indexes, and insulin management.

    Correct. The working brain uses a lot more energy than we realize, probably because we don't see it doing physical work like muscles do. The harder you think, like in studying, the more nourishment the brain needs. What the OP is experiencing in terms of increased appetite is actually quite normal during periods of high mental activity, and should not be ignored.

    The question is what to eat, that satisfies the brain's needs, without putting on excess poundage. Not being a nutritionist, I have no better suggestions than those already provided above.

    I also concur about exercise. This not only helps to keep away the pounds from the additional food necessary to nourish the more active brain, but studies have shown that exercise itself is good for brain function.
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    Dec 12, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    White tea seems to work good to control appetite. Green tea, not quite as good. Either with no sugar or a drop of honey.
  • rdberg1957

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    Dec 12, 2009 2:47 PM GMT
    Hey chucky, how about prunes, plain yogurt and boiled soybeans?
  • Hunter9

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    Dec 30, 2009 7:28 AM GMT
    a solid bowl of natural oatmeal in the morning should get you off to a good start. then just make sure and eat balanced and UNPROCESSED foods every few hours throughout the day... when cravings hit, munch on some baby carrots, other veggies or apples

    when all else fails, just keep all the other shit far far away from you... cant eat what's not there!
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    Jan 18, 2010 5:53 PM GMT
    I'm just a part time student but there is definitely something about homework /studying that makes my head wonder off to food and sex.
    I never travel without food - apples, bananas, oranges and nuts are pretty easy to carry around. I'll bring yogurt if I'm going to eat it while it's still cool. If I'm working at home and I've eaten and had water or coffee and I still want something, then it's time to break for beating off or a short nap.
    But the best thing for me are my 2 breakfasts - I have one when I wake up and another one a couple of hours later - loading up on calories early in the day works really well for me.
    Sometimes it's got to be chocolate, so I keep a "Stash" of bittersweet and I try to keep it down to just a couple of squares.