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Why is it so hard for me to just eat to satisfy hunger?

Commented on February 23, 2014
Created February 20, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Hey there!

I'm trying to lose weight and doing this whith being on the lower-carb side and doing some Hiit. So I always try to eat mostly meat/fish/poultry, veggies, eggs and some fats (evoo, coconut, ghee). It feels like my body is always craving things like cheese, milk, almond/coconut milk, nuts, dark chocolate, berries, all the stuff I'd like to avoid because whether it's not paleo, it stalls my weight loss or it's quite high in carbs. Why can't I just be okay on some ground beef and brocoli? :(

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on February 23, 2014
at 11:01 PM

Try giving yourself a little cheese or some pumpkin seeds - if you manage the portions, they won't stall your weight loss and they might be able to keep you from taking cheat days - just allow yourself a bit, and see how you do. Take it easy on yourself!

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on February 23, 2014
at 01:56 AM

Homemade almond milk is virtually empty of energy. From memory, the only thing thats significant in it is the micros. Berries are also low in calorie (well, blackberry, cranberry and raspberry, blueberry is a little higher). Its hard to imagine either of those could stall weight loss. One thing I would consider - is that if your doing hit, then your probably gaining muscle mass, which is heavier (and raising basal metabolic rate, both of which I imagine could cause a higher calorie demand). To track your actual progress you'll want to calculate body fat.

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on February 23, 2014
at 12:31 AM

I wish people would understand this instead of trying to stick religiously to a diet. Your body is unique and has it own needs. Make your own diet. If you eat what you crave, your body is gonna thank you, you will feel good! Just stay away from processed food, no matter how bad you crave them ;)

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on February 20, 2014
at 06:11 PM

Agreed, if I was just eating broccoli and ground beef, I'd feel like I was starving as well. Fat is necessary for appetite suppression, sounds like too much protein and little of everything else.

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on February 20, 2014
at 05:36 PM

Yep, sounds like not enough fat or too much protein

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on February 20, 2014
at 05:05 PM

I think in that case I'd be inclined to give the body a little of what it craves, but in moderation. That's what I did with things like potato, rice and fruit as my mood and energy were awful on full on low carb. I know there are "rules" but to hell with the rules, experiment and find what works for you is all I can offer :)

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on February 20, 2014
at 09:06 AM

or you need to give in to one, my vote is for dark chocolate, 30 to 35 grams (a small bar)

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on February 20, 2014
at 09:02 AM

how long have you been eating as you describe...may be the cravings are temporary as you adjust & will diminish & eventually pass.

hope so for your sake

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on February 20, 2014
at 08:52 AM

You might have to refresh, sometimes the site goes crazy on the formatting when you paste things into comments or answers.

Up protein / low-level activity, switch carbs for lower GI carbs, increase food intake, plan your meals. No snacks. Meal planning was the big difference. This way once you're hungry, you can immediately correct a crash before it happens with the correct foods. That prevents you from having to take the easy route and eat carbs / snacks (which will prevent recovery) or having to prepare a meal while crashing.

http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/

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on February 20, 2014
at 08:46 AM

So what does this mean for me? cutting back on carbs? I'm already doing this. The last link doesn't work :(

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on February 20, 2014
at 08:17 AM

I eat around 1500 calories, usually a little more. Actually I haven't entered ketosis yet, I'm trying since weeks but my body won't enter above ca 15g carbs a day and I can't manage to go like a whole week under 15g, even the veggies might kick me out. It's not only sweetness, I don't even like sweet that much (execpt the fruity taste), it's mostly cheese, nuts, everything I can't have.

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618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on February 23, 2014
at 10:57 PM

I feel you - sometimes I am devastatingly hungry. For me, the answer is in healthy fats. If I start thinking about food, a half an avocado with some sea salt and chili flakes on it can get the fat in my system to keep the demons of craving at bay. Don't be too hard on yourself about your weight loss getting stalled - losing weight slowly is better. Ketosis is not totally necessary for losing weight and in some cases going too low on your carbs can be counterproductive. Slow and steady wins the race - I know it isn't what most people want to hear, but it is true - you'll be able to sustain your weight loss if you have done it in a steady manner and have been able to integrate habits that reinforce the maintenance of weight loss into your daily routine. That is hard to do if you are restricting too much. Best of luck!

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on February 20, 2014
at 05:17 PM

I saw in your comments you still have not entered ketosis, you may be eating too much protein. Right now, I would focus on reducing protein (here's a calculator) and upping the fat. For now, don't count calories, but go ahead and count your grams of protein and carbs. Eat enough fat that you're not hungry anymore, and eventually you will require less calories. It'll take a few weeks for this to happen, but if you are not satisfying your body then it will drive you to cheat. Once you have a little more control, you can go back to counting your calories

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on February 20, 2014
at 05:36 PM

Yep, sounds like not enough fat or too much protein

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on February 20, 2014
at 06:11 PM

Agreed, if I was just eating broccoli and ground beef, I'd feel like I was starving as well. Fat is necessary for appetite suppression, sounds like too much protein and little of everything else.

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on February 20, 2014
at 09:37 AM

When my body last craved milk/cheese/yogurt, was when my teeth REALLY needed the calcium. That was in the beginning of my journey, and I was 10+ years of terrible health due to undiagnosed celiac. My teeth were in terrible shape. But when I went Paleo and stopped eating dairy, things went worse, since my gut was in such bad shape, that I couldn't get calcium from just the non-dairy sources (B12 was another one I found later that my gut couldn't absorb). It simply needed the stuff, badly. So, I ate these in some quantity, and the craving stopped within 20 minutes, and my teeth stopped complaining.

I'd say, if your body asks for something, it's for a good reason, and not just because you want to simply eat stuff. Some times, a craving is just a craving. But other times, it's more than that. For dark chocolate cravings, it's usually magnesium people need btw.

5acc87eb85a51c6e8b28e053aeedeb15

on February 23, 2014
at 12:31 AM

I wish people would understand this instead of trying to stick religiously to a diet. Your body is unique and has it own needs. Make your own diet. If you eat what you crave, your body is gonna thank you, you will feel good! Just stay away from processed food, no matter how bad you crave them ;)

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on February 20, 2014
at 08:43 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptin#Obesity_and_leptin_resistance

The major physiological role of leptin is suggested to be not as a "satiety signal" to prevent obesity in times of energy excess, but as a “starvation signal” to maintain adequate fat stores for survival during times of energy deficit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin_resistance

When leptin resistance combines with insulin resistance, you're insatiably hungry but when you eat carbohydrates it creates a craving for more carbohydrates. (Carbs dump insulin, insulin dump makes you crave sugar.)

I saw a good clip on Dr Oz recently for the Paleo diet. I certainly belong to the first group, but you could try something like the second option.

http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/your-personal-paleo-code-diet-lose-weight-and-get-healthy-life

006f2e9b763058ff2332681c206563e4

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on February 20, 2014
at 08:46 AM

So what does this mean for me? cutting back on carbs? I'm already doing this. The last link doesn't work :(

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on February 20, 2014
at 08:06 AM

@bluekitty Hard to say, would need a lot more information. Could be you are simply not eating enough. Could be a parasite infection such as fungal overgrowth, those little bas****s manipulate the host to crave sweetness. Could be dehydration being perceived as other cravings by the body. Could be your brain is so accustomed to running on glycogen from carbs that it's not a happy bunny now you've switched to ketosis (in so far as I understand how all that works), which is a difficulty I had/have. The short answer is that there is no short answer I'm afraid, you have to tinker around with quantities and ratios, conduct experiments on yourself, and see what both helps you change body comp as well as keep your brain/nervous system happy.

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on February 20, 2014
at 08:17 AM

I eat around 1500 calories, usually a little more. Actually I haven't entered ketosis yet, I'm trying since weeks but my body won't enter above ca 15g carbs a day and I can't manage to go like a whole week under 15g, even the veggies might kick me out. It's not only sweetness, I don't even like sweet that much (execpt the fruity taste), it's mostly cheese, nuts, everything I can't have.

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