Food…and Hunger

This hungry (probably starving, actually) little fella pretty much describes how I have been feeling lately.  The problem is, I cannot figure out why in the world I am feeling so hungry!

As my weight continues to decrease, my alloted calories also decrease…so why is my appetite increasing?  I am more hungry now than when I first started eating better (which meant eating less, of course).

The hunger is making me nervous.  I find that if I try to ignore it (meaning keeping myself occupied with something else) it just gets worse.  My stomach starts growling – out loud, mind you – to the point where other people in the room can hear it, easily.  This is not “emotional” hunger either…I have learned to tell the difference.  This hunger is coming on at random times throughout the day/night.  My emotional hunger usually popped up only when I was bored, lonely, upset, angry, etc.  Also, my emotional hunger did not cause my stomach to roar out loud (of course, because my body was not genuinely hungry).

So, what in the world do I do now?  I am afraid if I start eating more the weight will stop coming off.  On the other hand, though, I cannot allow myself to stay this hungry all the time, right?  Allowing myself to remain hungry (if my body genuinely needs more food) will also be counter-productive to weight loss.  Frustrating.  Really.

For those of you out there who may have experienced this before…or just generally know what you are talking about…what do I do now?  Do I increase the food intake?  If so, what should I increase?  Only fruits and veggies, protein…all of it?  Help, please.


4 responses to “Food…and Hunger

  1. If you feel hungry, eat. What you can increase is the fruit and vegetables. When you are hungry grab an apple, or eat some baby carrots, or a couple of mandarins, or some celery sticks. Your hunger will be assauged but, as you are not eating salt or refined sugar, you will not want to overeat. You can prepare yourself for this by packing fresh fruit and veg into your lunch bag thus helping you to avoid the vending machines or the sugar-loaded muffins at the coffee shop.Hope this helps 🙂

    • This is where I am truly lucky…there are no vending machines, fast food holes, or coffee shops in my day to day life. I am a work-at-home momma, which means I cook for myself each and every day…and that means fruits and veggies are always accessible (yeah me!). This is probably the number one reason I find it *so* easy to not splurge at lunch (because I am not “out with friends”). I guess I’ll be adding more fruits and veggies to the daily diet. 🙂

      Thanks for the input, it’s greatly appreciated!

  2. have you changed WHAT you eat lately even if the calories are the same? Complex carbs tend to last longer, whole wheats, some kinds of fats (nuts, some others). As mentioned above, celery is pretty low cal wise – bout 7 a medium stick. so worst case…

    • I really haven’t changed anything dramatically in my diet. I eat a variety of foods each day/week. Whole grains/wheats are the only type of breads and pastas I eat…I try *very* hard to completely avoid any kind of “white” carb because of the PCOS. I love healthy fats (avocado, for one, and nuts are the best!) and I incorporate those into my diet often…not necessarily daily, though. Let me just say, though, that I *hate* celery. I know it is good for you, and I know it is low calorie…but I just cannot bring myself to consume strings. LOL – I can’t. I also hate beets. Yes, hate is the appropriate word for both, too. 🙂

      I will; however, eat raw broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red cabbage, cucumber, bell peppers (any color), and all sorts of other great veggies. So, it is not an aversion to veggies in general…just those two icky ones.

      Thanks so much for the input, J!

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