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8/8/13 10:47 A

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I read through all of the posts and saw one thing that really helps curb hunger that was not mentioned. I would add beans and lentils to all your meals. They are a great source of protein, but also have the add bonus of being high in fiber. Both will keep you fuller longer.

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7/13/13 3:43 A

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I think the key thing is to eat protein, fruits and vegetables. I eat protein for breakfast along with vegetables and at least a piece of fruit with most every meal. It keeps me satisfied and full in between meals. Once in a while for a snack I will have a protein or energy bar but not often because even the best bars seem to have a combination of too much sugar, sodium, carbs and calories. I'm too sensitive to sugar and the carbs usually throw off my nutrition for the day since I try to stay in the middle or lower end of carbs.

Depending on your level of exercise you may need to eat more but planning is key so you are getting those good nutrients and vitamins. I keep peanut butter, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, non dairy options on hand for calcium and protein needs since I mainly follow a vegan diet. I think you just have to find what works for you. Keep healthy snacks on hand and eat balanced meals and you should be alight. Don't forget the 64ozs of water a day~

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7/12/13 3:33 P

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I found a great article about feeling full.

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3/25/13 10:18 A

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I'm with all of you...if I get enough protien throughout my day, I'm usually not hungry...
in one of Bob Harpers books..he says a craving can pass if you wait (about 15 minutes) or do distract yourself...true hunger will not go away...

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3/23/13 12:08 P

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STARSUB99,

I swear I could have wrutten that exact same post!! The salty stuff always seems to be my downfall. At work this week I was craving salt to bad, so I made myself a cup of beef boulion and drank that with eating a few raw almonds. It really did the trick :-)
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3/21/13 7:44 P

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I eat 2 hr before a work out... maybe stir fry with a little meat and tons of veggies. Then 30 min after I eat a small apple. I eat oatmeal in am with fruit. Big lunch. Snack depends if I worked out. And dinner a salad. Stay away from process foods. I haven't started to do cardio. I do my yoga and a little weights and cardio for 30 min 2 or 3 days a week. I lost 6.5 percent body fat and 22lb in 2 months. I'm only hungry when I wake up. Never let yourself get hungry. Stay away from processed foods. Shop outside. It takes 2 weeks and you crave a salad every day. I. Don't gain back when I cheat.

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3/20/13 5:04 P

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I'm with you guys on the protein... if I don't get enough protein earlier in the day I start looking for food by bedtime. I'm finding with all the veggies my need to chew and crunch is being looked after but every 8 - 10 days I get stupid cravings for processed salty stuff... weird....so far I've hunkered down on the will power to get through this craving stuff...any one else getting these cravings for salty stuff??

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3/20/13 9:03 A

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Like many of these others, I focus on one thing specifically: Protein. I find that when I eat more protein, especially at breakfast, I'm not as hungry for the rest of the day. I aim for 20-30 grams at breakfast. I'm a pretty big evening snacker, so I tend to save myself some calories for this so that I can indulge daily. Just do whatever works for you. Listen to your body.

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3/19/13 4:27 P

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I have found eating 1/2 oz of lightly salted almonds (20) really is helping me with my snacking. Taste good and low in carbs...

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3/19/13 1:17 P

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Getting a lot of information from all of you, thanks and congratulation to all of you on your "losses."

I changed a few things up in my diet. When I get a little hungry I nibble on a slice or two of fresh carrots that I pre-cut the morning of. They seem to work best for me right now. Keeps me from running the risk of eating something I shouldn't or tempted to increase portions size. I am a soup person so thinking that might be my champion of foods for vitamins, iron, proteins, depending on what I put in the soup. I make my soup homemade so I have more control over what or what does not go in them.

I need to ask my dr about that acid reflux. I can't take antacid so instead I reach for small glass of buttermilk that does a better job for me, personally.

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MISSMISSY82 Posts: 17
3/19/13 10:07 A

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I eat 2 hr before a work out... maybe stir fry with a little meat and tons of veggies. Then 30 min after I eat a small apple. I eat oatmeal in am with fruit. Big lunch. Snack depends if I worked out. And dinner a salad. Stay away from process foods. I haven't started to do cardio. I do my yoga and a little weights and cardio for 30 min 2 or 3 days a week. I lost 6.5 percent body fat and 22lb in 2 months. I'm only hungry when I wake up. Never let yourself get hungry. Stay away from processed foods. Shop outside. It takes 2 weeks and you crave a salad every day. I. Don't gain back when I cheat.

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3/19/13 9:58 A

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It might be process foods or your body missing something. True hunger is in the throat not the abdomen. I've l most 22lb, 6.5 percent body fat, and 1 inch in my belly and legs ,in 2 months but gained half an inch in the arms. My advise eat who grains like old fashion oatmeal with fresh fruit in am, handful of raw veggies snack, lunch whole grains veggie and very small meat on work out days, small apple for snack, and salad for dinner. Eat about 2hr before work out and 30 min after. Less meat, more fruit veggies and whole grains. Stay away from process foods. Eat more in am and less as the day goes on. Listen to your body. Never skip am. O ne bad meal won't make you gain. I had 12 days in my 2 months I messed up and I still made progress... not as much. Everyone keeps asking me they say my skin looks better and my body looks better. Eat leafy greens at least for dinner.

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3/18/13 1:18 P

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I feel "hungry" almost all of the time so I asked my doctor about it. He said that it could be my acid reflux at work because that pain will imitate hunger pains. I take Prilosec to help control the stomach acid. Has anyone else heard this?
I have found that eating a little more protein also helps me

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3/18/13 12:33 P

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I think the Cliff bars and other energy bars can be too high in sugars and continue the cycle of hunger. Something with protein and good fat without sugar per se seems to work best. My go tto snack that is fast, easy and portable is nuts and seeds. I am careful to only take about 10-12 nuts if they are almonds or cashew... basically a very small palm full... keeps it under 200 calories and if you wait 15 minutes after you are no longer hungry!

But... I am also beginning to feel that in order to lose this last 10-12 lbs, I am going tyo have to be friends with hunger...

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3/17/13 5:17 P

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What about making at least 4+ servings of a delicious and filling soup in advanced? You can freeze individual portions. When the hunger hits, you can just warm the soup and eat. That works for me. Eating 1 carrot or celery or things like that don't satisfy me. It has to be much and something that I enjoy.

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3/17/13 2:34 P

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You make a great point. This isn't really about a quick fix. Instead we are all learning to listen to our bodies and balance cravings with real hunger, which I find chellenging. But the good news is that if one strategy doesn't work, tomorrow is another day and we can always try something else. Since everyone's body is a little different, we all have to experiment to see which things work for us. emoticon

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3/17/13 1:57 P

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I can also relate to being super hungry since this challenge. I actually have been eating more just to get in the veggies. Someone said to look at the good fat intake. I have added 5-10 grams of almonds after a high protein meal of cottage cheese and mixed veggies to help. I think what is happening to me is the more I eat the more I want. Having tried to eat the snacks as well as meals. But, this has given me the opportunity to use the tools like waiting to see if it is real hunger, or adding broth based soups, etc... I think some of it is seasonal too. It's all about learn so I can make healthy choices in the long run. But, if I need a boost, it will be adding healthy foods rather that white, sweet, artificial chooses.


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3/17/13 10:20 A

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LOTS of protein (for me, per my bariatric doc 100 g/day) will keep you full a long time AND prevent losing muscle. In the evenings I like a cup of decaf tea with skim milk and Truvia. Warm, sweet and filling.

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3/17/13 4:41 A

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Every night I want a treat! Trying to eat an apple or carrots, but it is not sweet enough. I made the Spark 150 calorie Chocolate Mousse...now that hits the spot!!!

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3/16/13 5:24 P

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Perhaps adding in some good fats is the key? If you are going too low in fat, it can make you feel hungry all the time. Perhaps some cheese or hummus, hard boiled eggs with your snacks??

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3/16/13 5:09 P

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I find that I'm OK with hunger until I take the first bite of food for the day and then I'm hungry for the rest of the day. I eat proteins and veggies but still am hungry all the time. I drink plenty of water. I'm beginning to feel that the only way I'll ever be thin is if I stop eating altogether.

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3/16/13 4:49 P

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I find eating too many carbs makes me hungry all the time. Things that are high in sugar or starch make me hungrier after I eat them than I was before.

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3/16/13 3:53 P

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Hmmm, yep. Me too. Did 17 minutes on the bike, made and dropped my smoothie, so had to have a salad instead. I am hungry. always hungry. Tough nut to crack.
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3/15/13 7:37 P

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I got big issues with craving the wrong things lately. Are you guys finding that the more veggies you eat is helping? I've been doing better, but honestly I could try harder.









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JOLA11 Posts: 147
3/15/13 7:09 P

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Agreed - having go to snacks is key to avoid splurging on the wrong items. Carrots, celery and hummus or black bean dip work for me. Also hard boiled eggs and string cheese are quick snacks. I love yogurt also, but I make sure to avoid all artificial sweetners except stevia, as the others tend to leave me hungry about 5 minutes after eating.

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3/15/13 6:22 P

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I am also feeling ravenous after exercise. It could also be the change of seasons.

I'm trying to train myself to drink more water, as I have heard people say that sometimes we mistake thirst signals for hunger. So first thing is to have a drink of chilled water.

If I feel hungry for something sweet I defrost about 6 frozen raspberries in the microwave, mush them up a bit and stir them through 2 tablespoons of vanilla low fat yoghurt. Or I might have an apple. It takes a while to chew and eat.

If I feel hungry for savory, I eat some luncheon meat with some slices of gherkin...or a boiled egg from the fridge (pre-boiled and put back in the carton)...or a round rice cake with a slice of low fat cheese and a slice of tomato.

I may also add a vanilla latte made with almond milk and no-sugar vanilla syrup so I sip and eat rather than wolfing the whole thing down and then looking for more!

Being prepared for the hunger is really the only way I can do it. making sure I have everything I need stocked up in the fridge.

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3/15/13 6:17 P

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Well, lots of veggies will do the trick - jicama, cucumbers, a few carrots and hummus, think veggie! The other thing to do - look at what you are eating - are you getting enough protein? enough fiber? Are you eating enough now that you are exercising more? (I find it hard to lose weight and increase exercise because it does make me hungry.) Do you have a quick snack w/in an hour or so of exercising? It makes a difference.

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3/15/13 6:14 P

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Since I have been zeroing in on veggies and drinking water, I don't get hungry too much any more. I hope I can remain like this for a while.

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3/15/13 6:03 P

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Since I have been exercising more I want to eat more. I get hunger pains between meals....and snacks....what types of foods/snacks can I eat that will satisfy me more in between meals. Protein bars not an option...although I love Cliff bars. What food options has worked for you? Will protein bars like Cliff bars be ok?

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