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Help with Diet- Always hungry

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Hello, Yes I know the always hungry has been asked before but here it goes again, hoping someone has some suggestions. Female 5'7 about 120, and always hungry! Have always worked out but did just start crossfit about 3 weeks ago and have been going 4 -5 x and week and usually always go on an hour hike afterwards. Maybe a little more than usual but was still always hungry before. Today breakfast started after I worked out ate about 2 cups of turkey meat, cooked in olive oil, half avacado and bok choy. Also a side of cantaloupe. Lunch has a large salad with crab, tomatoes, cucumbers. Dinner will probably be something like salmon with sweet potatoe and spinach. But after lunch I was still so hungry ( 2 hours later ) and came home and ate a whole bag of shredded coconut...still hungry, did not phase me at all. Yes I feel like I could eat broccoli or steak right now. I switch around breakfast quite a bit, usually have eggs with kale and squash or something like that. Usually also always has dessert to which is cup berries with coconut oil, honey and cinnamon. Just looking for more suggestions on how now not to feel like I am always looking for food. I am not gaining weight or looking to gain, yes maybe lose body fat. I just feel like I am eating A TON!

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on April 16, 2013
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Thanks, makes me feel better...Haha after the shredded coconut decided to move on the apple sauce and green beans! Weird combo but have everything pre made in fridge..was thinking I just wasn't eating satisfying enough foods. Will try adding more red meat!

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 16, 2013
at 10:37 PM

You should consider renaming this question to ...

Am I eating a ton?!

... 'cause the answer is easy: no.

Strenuous exercise 4-5x times a week and such meager, lean meals for someone with your stats? Consider adding more roots and tubers, as well as including some red meat on occasion. Make the turkey-meat a sometimes food, and replace it with more fish or red meat. Definitely eat some steak, broccoli, and your favorite starch instead of a bag of shredded coconut. Heck, top the broccoli with the coconut.

E8485600a9595b900a928f32cc42c699

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on April 16, 2013
at 10:49 PM

Thanks, makes me feel better...Haha after the shredded coconut decided to move on the apple sauce and green beans! Weird combo but have everything pre made in fridge..was thinking I just wasn't eating satisfying enough foods. Will try adding more red meat!

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on April 16, 2013
at 11:34 PM

Fat generally satisfies me more. I drink coffee with two tablespoons of coconut cream, eat rice or potatoes with butter, and fattier cuts of meat. Turkey and crabmeat are too lean for me.

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on April 17, 2013
at 10:46 AM

If you're hungry eat more - especially to match your activity level. Make sure you're getting plenty of carbs and calories post workout as well.

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on April 17, 2013
at 05:37 AM

When I started whole30, I did as they recommended and just kept upping my protein amounts in my meals until they satisfied me. I ended up switching my breakfasts from 2 eggs to 4, and seriously increased the total volume of each meal. Also started eating "second lunch" around 3:00. I still lost about 10 lbs over the course of the 30 days.

Mostly, I just found that I had to make myself do more meal preparation and had to sit down and take the time to really eat a lot at each meal.

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on April 17, 2013
at 02:53 AM

Another thing you can do is divide your lunch into 2, don't make any more but eat half at lunch time and half 2 hours later when you get hungry, I know this works for some people.

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on April 21, 2013
at 03:14 AM

You're definitely NOT eating enough at lunch. Protein, protein, protein baby! I eat like 10 ounces of chicken (or fish) at lunch and it keeps me nice and full until 6 or 7 pm! It's amazing :)

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on April 21, 2013
at 01:11 AM

I think adding more protein and fat might help. Grass fed beef and oily fish like salmon are a good source of healthy fats and will leave you feeling satisfied longer.

Also, have you tried quinoa? It is versatile, delicious, nutritious, a great source of protein and really fills you up.

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on April 17, 2013
at 03:58 PM

Adding more fat helped me with this problem. I just cook everything in a bunch of coconut oil, and that seems to do the trick. When I first started I was grilling a lot of lean meat or cooking in small amounts of olive oil, and I was ALWAYS hungry.

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on April 17, 2013
at 02:40 PM

You are pretty lean so of course you feel hungry. Your body has no extra fat stores to pull energy from. If you aren't eating enough you will most likely start to burn muscle as well. That's not a fun feeling and it can be hard to recover your metabolism if you let that happen. Eat up on more protein and fat in general, have some yogurt right after working out and a nice rounded meal in the evening, but eat, at your weight that's where all your energy is going to come from! I think at your weight it is better to focus on measurements or how your clothing fits and actually replacing "body fat" with muscle and toning up, you might see a gain in muscle mass if you increase your food to a better level, but a loss in size.

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