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What do you do about extreme hunger during your period?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 01, 2013 at 8:11 PM

It seems no matter how much water I drink or how much I eat, I never feel full.

I'm trying to lose weight, but eat maintenance calories during this time. Even 1,850 calories isn't enough though! What do you guys do to help get rid of this hunger?

EDIT: This only happens around my period for about a week beforehand, but it's enough to cause a problem. Currently, I'm not exercising due to knee issues. My food intake for the past 3 days has been:

Breakfast: 3 eggs, 5 pieces of bacon, 4 oz. grapes
Lunch: ~1 cup canned salmon, 1/2 avocado, 4-6 oz. grapes or strawberries
Dinner: 3 small roasted chicken drumsticks, 1 sweet potato
Snacks: 1 oz. jerky or more grapes/strawberries

I'll gladly accept advice or suggestions. Maybe I'm not eating enough of something? It seems like a lot of food when I've got it on my plate, that's for sure.

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on August 27, 2013
at 04:38 AM

I always end up falling off the wagon and eating SAD foods. OTL

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on August 26, 2013
at 08:35 PM

fruit can make you hungrier - maybe cut out the berries just during your extra hormonal times

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on August 12, 2013
at 11:22 PM

not enough vegetables. add more veggies, and you might feel more satiated. otherwise, if you feel hungry, you should add a little more fat.

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on August 12, 2013
at 06:05 PM

-1 for the silliness of "Eating has been shown to reduce hunger." and for providing only non-Paleo/Primal/PHD/any-eating-style-under-the-umbrella suggestions. There are plenty of forums where "Eat whole grains and go to the doctor!" is a great response. This isn't one of them.

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on June 16, 2013
at 01:06 PM

I agree with celticcavegirl - hy no veggies? Whenever I'm hungry or have an unecessary want for sugar, I rezach for the veggies. And I **always** include veggies in my meals - morning, noon and night! I'm guessing you're low on nutrients.

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on June 02, 2013
at 03:05 AM

that seems like a pretty normal amount of food to eat. maybe more fat with breakfast and dinner?

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on June 02, 2013
at 02:26 AM

Sure. I edited my post to include all of that.

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on August 12, 2013
at 01:28 PM

I just get chocolate cravings lol and a square of dark chocolate with melted butter cures it right up. I agree with increasing your fat intake during that time. It will help you stay fuller longer. Definitely load up on those veggies. Add spinach to your eggs in the morning. Just get that in. Have you been drinking enough water as well?

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on July 01, 2013
at 11:11 AM

Get out there and exercise. Go for a walk out side or do a light workout. This always helps me when I am ravenous. If your still hungry afterwords, eat :)

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on June 02, 2013
at 11:42 AM

If I'm hungry and desperately trying to lose weight I just put myself in a place where I can't eat - like my office, where there is no food. Then I just have to suck it up and deal with the hunger

In the meantime, here are my tricks

1) Stupid amounts of vegetables. Fills the stomach. I ate an entire large cauliflower last night. Roasting them I find is the tastiest way. I'm not seeing any veggies at all in your meals.
2) Chia seeds in vegetable juice 3) coffee 4) chewing gum 5) snacks of lean protein eg prawns, squid. Fills stomach, low in calories. 6) fluids

I would bin the grapes, as they are very sugary and not as nutritious as other fruits. Stick to berries and stone fruits.

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on June 16, 2013
at 01:06 PM

I agree with celticcavegirl - hy no veggies? Whenever I'm hungry or have an unecessary want for sugar, I rezach for the veggies. And I **always** include veggies in my meals - morning, noon and night! I'm guessing you're low on nutrients.

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on June 02, 2013
at 03:40 AM

taking a little bit of raw liver every day (i swallow little frozen slivers of it) has REALLY helped me with pms symptoms including cravings and bloating.

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on June 02, 2013
at 02:35 AM

For me, supplementing with omega-3 fish oil has helped curb cravings. It helps the brain to know when it is satisfied.

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on June 02, 2013
at 02:12 AM

Can you post your food intake and exercise routines for the past three days? Is this constant hunger a recent occurrence?

951521f2d7907126c39f976f081988ba

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on June 02, 2013
at 02:26 AM

Sure. I edited my post to include all of that.

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on June 01, 2013
at 09:54 PM

I don't get hunger so much as I get binge-worthy sugar cravings, but they're not the same thing. Honestly, when this happens I usually eat 1 tbsp of butter to keep myself off the insulin roller coaster and deal. Usually I'm at work with no access to food when I'm bleeding, so I don't get a chance to go nuts and eventually my body calms down.

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on June 01, 2013
at 08:50 PM

I've had this same problem since going low carb. I eat ALL the time and IF has gone out the window. i'm trying to drink more but that's not helping at all. I just eat 3000-4000 calories a day.

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on August 12, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Eating has been shown to reduce hunger.

Consider eating less fruit, which is low in fiber and readily broken down into glucose/fructose. Instead, consider higher-fiber, complex carbohydrate foods such as beans and whole, unprocessed grains if you are not celiac. These foods have been shown to reduce hunger cravings as they are digested slowly, producing a much lower insulin response.

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on August 12, 2013
at 06:05 PM

-1 for the silliness of "Eating has been shown to reduce hunger." and for providing only non-Paleo/Primal/PHD/any-eating-style-under-the-umbrella suggestions. There are plenty of forums where "Eat whole grains and go to the doctor!" is a great response. This isn't one of them.

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