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Constant hunger...help

Commented on January 17, 2014
Created January 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

This week I have felt so hungry all the time, I have been eating more than I usually do, getting enough of the good stuff & drinking loads of water, but still nothing is filling me.

Last night I made a huge paleo curry with all the trimmings and then sat n ate cakes, popcorn, crisps, nuts, etc. Anyone know whats going on?

I don't think it's just greed cos my stomach is rumbling too!

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on January 17, 2014
at 05:13 PM

I have something similar happen when I eat a lot of fresh produce at once. It feels like the food goes right through me, so I cut down on the leafy greens or only eat them once a day and try to eat filling proteins like eggs.

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on January 17, 2014
at 10:28 AM

Yeah i think you're right. I think cutting off that amount of sugar is just making me eat more fats and calories and I have hardly any energy for the gym so I should probably just eat more. If I was trying to lose weight I'd stick at it and see if my body adjusts but as I'm just maintaining and wanting to weight train I need my sugar! ha

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on January 17, 2014
at 10:25 AM

Yeah I'm not doing it to lose any weight. Just wanted to see if I can give up chocolate cos I ate so much over xmas. Probably should just eat it if its going to make me eat everything in sight and I had no problems when I was eating it before :) What is VLC?

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on January 16, 2014
at 04:40 PM

Your body may be craving the sugar, or the caffeine. If you have been body-aware for a while, I'm apt to believe that you know your own genuine hunger signals. Have you been doing VLC for a while? If you don't have a lot of fat to lose, you may have low leptin levels. Now, personally, I find that I actually can handle dark chocolate and simple sugars better than I can handle starches. The more intensely I work out, the more I crave carbs. After Christmas, I went on a three-day fast to reset my hunger signals. The first day I was very hungry, but after the next two, I felt normal again.

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:56 PM

No don't give up! When I first started it was so hard. I had a lot of binges but just make sure you binge on the right stuff like veg and meat. It's normal that your body is acting like that. I've been doing it for a while which is why I don't why why now I'm constantly hungry. All I'd recommend is that when you are still hungry or really craving something, just eat it. If I badly want a chocolate bar or some pringles I'll have them. Cos its better to do it as often as you can than not at all. But if its just general hunger fill up on veg n meat or nuts if you're out n about!

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on January 15, 2014
at 05:01 PM

A lot more info is needed in order to help you out.

Bascially, in a healthy person, hunger is a symbol that the body needs more nutrients (not necessarily bulk in the stomach). If I do a cheat or a carb refeed, I end up hungrier than I would be eating mostly protein.

Also, I may go into an eating pattern similar to yours when I'm ovulating. I may ride it out and work out more intensely in the meantime or try to curb sugar cravings with fully fermented yogurt (my only okay dairy). Or, I may try to at least gorge on fruit and add honey and lemon to my yogurt.

Are you ovulating or menstrual right now? How are your workouts and recovery? Your sleep patterns? How is your thyroid? How about your bowels? Are you drinking a lot of caffeine? Are you anemic? Is this a stressful period in your life right now?

Chances are, if you cannot live comfortably on a SAD diet, it will pass.

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on January 16, 2014
at 06:32 PM

I feel the same. For example, any time I eat a large fatty steak (16oz ribeye - 1000+ calories, 100g fat, 80g protein) with a very large amount of greens and veggies (up to 1lb as well) within 1hr I feel hungry with rumbles in my stomach. Any time I've had steak with potatoes, pasta, or rice this does not happen. Interestingly applying paleo guidelines to a pseudo-keto diet (70-80% fat, 20-30% protein, rest carbs) I actually find I'm having to track calories and hold back during the day because I tend to breach my normal diet. Typically, with my normal nonrestrictive diet (grains, starches, Oreos, Doritos, fast food galore) I eat 2200-2700 calories a day (feeling full before bed) but with a low carb whole foods approach I breach 2500 calories and feel famished in bed.

I'm not a big guy with very active lifestyle either, 30yrs 180lbs at 5'6" with 2-3x a week of weight training (2-3hrs at a time) otherwise, I'm on computers, in class, or walking around a hospital.

I've always thought it was because I didn't give my body sufficient time to adjust to dietary changes but I don't know without enough experience with it.

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on January 17, 2014
at 10:28 AM

Yeah i think you're right. I think cutting off that amount of sugar is just making me eat more fats and calories and I have hardly any energy for the gym so I should probably just eat more. If I was trying to lose weight I'd stick at it and see if my body adjusts but as I'm just maintaining and wanting to weight train I need my sugar! ha

B7fec4bf394de8dfa6403067aea94e1b

(1546)

on January 17, 2014
at 05:13 PM

I have something similar happen when I eat a lot of fresh produce at once. It feels like the food goes right through me, so I cut down on the leafy greens or only eat them once a day and try to eat filling proteins like eggs.

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:50 PM

@JennyStokes123

I have been on the Paleo diet for 2 weeks now, and this week I have been experiencing the same thing. I made a giant shrimp stir-fry last night and it was like it didn't even register in my stomach! It's making me want to go off Paleo to be completely honest. I can't figure it out either. I've ruled out all the factors, also, and I just still can't figure it out. I was thinking not enough protein, maybe??

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:56 PM

No don't give up! When I first started it was so hard. I had a lot of binges but just make sure you binge on the right stuff like veg and meat. It's normal that your body is acting like that. I've been doing it for a while which is why I don't why why now I'm constantly hungry. All I'd recommend is that when you are still hungry or really craving something, just eat it. If I badly want a chocolate bar or some pringles I'll have them. Cos its better to do it as often as you can than not at all. But if its just general hunger fill up on veg n meat or nuts if you're out n about!

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on January 16, 2014
at 09:49 AM

@MimsySeoul Thanks for getting back to me. No, not menstruating, everything is normal, nothings changed in my lifestyle or what/how much I eat. If anything I've been working out less but eating more(I've been too hungry to go to the gym)

I've been doing paleo(as well as possible) for a few months now n had no problems cos ive always eaten well so wasn't a drastic lifestyle change for me. But the last few weeks I have given up chocolate( as I ate so much at Christmas) and been trying to cut down on sugars so maybe its my body craving sugar and making me feel hungry instead of actually just cravings?

B7fec4bf394de8dfa6403067aea94e1b

(1546)

on January 16, 2014
at 04:40 PM

Your body may be craving the sugar, or the caffeine. If you have been body-aware for a while, I'm apt to believe that you know your own genuine hunger signals. Have you been doing VLC for a while? If you don't have a lot of fat to lose, you may have low leptin levels. Now, personally, I find that I actually can handle dark chocolate and simple sugars better than I can handle starches. The more intensely I work out, the more I crave carbs. After Christmas, I went on a three-day fast to reset my hunger signals. The first day I was very hungry, but after the next two, I felt normal again.

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