"You Won't Be Hungry"

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    Mar 14, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    In my youth I used to pride myself on my crazy-fast metabolism and my inability to really gain weight. I always seemed to be hungry and I could really eat most anything without any weight repercussions.

    All good things come to an end, of course, and in the years since college I have finally started to gain some weight. I'm at the point now where i am trying to lose this weight and I am running into some obstacles.

    I generally eat balanced meals. I struggle with portion sizes, but the food is almost always fresh produce, lean meats/fish. For snacks I eat fruits and nuts. Any bread/pasta is whole wheat or whole grain. I try to eat about every three hours. I exercise 3-4 times per week, a mix of weights and cardio.

    By all accounts, I should be losing weight like there is no tomorrow. I'm really doing things the way that most nutritionists say you should. As they say, if you eat whole grains and have 6 meals per day you won't be hungry. If you eat lots of leafy greens you won't be hungry. Drinking water suppresses hunger pangs.

    This is where I am running into problems. None of those things keep me from feeling hungry. This feeling of constantly being hungry leads me to eat larger portions, snack too often, or eat foods that are not the best for me. As a result, my weight is staying about the same when it should be dropping.

    Has anyone had a similar experience? Are there any tips to help me with this stupid problem? Also, I know that everyone is different and every single situation is unique to the person, so I can provide any additional details that may help.

    Thanks everyone for anything you can provide!
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    Mar 14, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    Toss the starch, grains and nuts. Get your carbs from fruit and veggies.

    No red meat, protein mostly from fish and poultry. In the beginning I didn't have eggs or dairy as well, but have reintroduced them in small portions into my diet.

    Good thing is you don't have to watch the portion size with fruits and veggies, so I was never hungry.

    Drink lots of water.

    For years I tried to lose weight on balanced meals and portion control. I changed my diet to the above and lost serious pounds in the last 4 weeks.
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    Looks like you are doing pretty well with your diet.

    You do have to watch the portions from fruits-incredible amount of sugar.

    The thing with vegetable is they are digested very quickly- almost 2x quicker than protein and high-fat meal of equal weight, thus you will constantly be hungry without adequate protein and carbohydrates/starches and fat. Eat the vegetables and fruits to make up for vitamins and sugars, not for calories- too expensive and too time consuming. A Calorie is a Calorie no matter the source. Drinking water outside of meals makes you feel full for around 30-45 minutes before the average person feels the need to void-thus water is not a good way to control hunger.

    You are supposed to eat more often on low carb/low fat/low protein diets so your body can control the blood sugar in response to insulin/glucagon surges. Please don't do any of these low food group diets. When your meal has an adequate amount of fat and proteins in it, the stomach release satiety hormone which makes you feel full for longer which means you can regulate your energy levels for longer.

    Instead of eating a new meal every 3 hours, you can stretch out your meals. For example you can have half of breakfast first in the morning, then you can have the other half 3 hours later, then three hours later, it's time for lunch and so on. Watch your snacking, nuts pack a lot of calories. No more than a handful of nuts for the whole day. 1 oz of nuts or one handful per day is suggested by health services.

    Eating two spoons or so of cottage cheese as a snack seems to make me full.

    This site is very useful, you can enter in what you eat everyday and it will analyze your food intake for you to make sure you stay in the recommended range for different food groups as well as essential vitamins and metals.

    You don't say how long you have been doing this, it usually takes around 3-4 months of a good diet and exercise before seeing results in terms of weight loss/other physiological changes.

    I'm like you, it's very difficult for me to feel full on only leafy vegetables. All I get from them is looser stool. Thus, I follow the dietary recommendations and they work well for me.

    Please continue the good work.
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    hendo31 saidIn my youth I used to pride myself on my crazy-fast metabolism and my inability to really gain weight.
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