RE: Alternatives and hunger pains
Posted Friday, June 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM
I was thinking, if the whole day is approx 1200 calories maybe I could skip my afternoon snack and have it after dinner? I want to stick to this as close as possible so I can get the hang of eating better and more nutritious meals instead of pigging out all day and getting nowhere!
Keep in mind that you may not be getting *enough* calories with the exercise and all. Too few calories consumed not only leaves you hungry (which opens up the way for binges and snacking) but it also slows down weight loss. Weird, right? Nevertheless true. If your body isn't getting the calories it needs, it holds onto everything it gets, it thinks a famine is coming so it protects itself by storing fat for the 'lack' times. And, too, if you are adding muscle with the weights, you may see an increase in weight (muscle is heavier than fat). So, scale weight is not the only measure to go by - do clothes fit better, do you feel better (less sluggish, able to do more of what you want to do), that sort of thing.
As someone said, if you are hungry, have as much fresh veg as you want - carrot sticks, etc. Also, when you feel those 'snackish' feelings, have a glass of water (or a cup of hot herbal, no caffeine, tea). Often hunger and thirst get confused and sometimes that snackish feeling is actually thirst. Then, DO something - tidy or knit or whatever keeps your hands and brain occupied. Sometimes boredom leads to feeling snackish as something to do (especially in the evening). If, after 20-30 minutes, you're STILL snackish, have something.
And, if you see a trend of actually needing a snack in the evening, plan for it - instead of planning 3 bigger meals and then hemming and hawing over a snack, plan for 4 or 5 smaller meals/snacks spread out over the day more.