I have been responding to quite a few posts lately where the member is STARVING and wondering how to cope. It got me to thinking: Why have I never been hungry in the 70 months that I've been following the NutriSystem "way"...and, I did say never been hungry, not once.
Here is what I came up with:
1. I follow the plan 100%, no deviations.
2. I eat something every 3-4 hours without fail, starting with a protein-rich breakfast within an hour of awakening.
3. I max out my proteins to 9g-20g per serving.
4. I only choose Low GI Carbs.
5. I never eat a fruit serving by itself (always paired with a protein source).
6. I drink an ocean of water.
7. I gave up all alcohol and the subsequent blood sugar issues and munchies-attacks disappeared.
8 I eat so many vegetables that I could be planted in fertile soul and I would grow like a plant.
9. I mastered huge salads before Poly was even born.
The feeling of never being hungry or shaky has been even better than the 105 pound loss, honestly.
What about YOU? Can you share tips for the newbies (and not so newbies) about what keeps you from STARVING while losing and maintaining your loss?
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Great post. I think you have covered all the "secrets". Put together they definitely make a difference.
Definitely eating every few hours helps. When I was kid I had problems with getting shaky and then having to eat something, anything, quickly to get over that shaky feeling. That was because meals and snacks were so far in between. Even before NS I figured out I HAVE to eat many times a day to avoid this. I NEVER get shaky anymore.
I am learning to max out my proteins better too. I switched regular ff yogurt for greek ff yogurt that has about the same amount of calories and fat but has 13 g of protein instead of only 4 g.
I eat so much salad and veggies I'm tired of eating and don't need to have more from cravings or hunger.
Last edited by mnire; 11-10-2011 at 05:42 PM.
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Yes to all of your list, Pam, especially the protein rich breakfast and huge salad and veg portions.
Also, learning to identify the difference between what true hunger vs. "munchies" really feels like helps a lot.
I have given up my occasional evening wine and am exploring Celestial Seasoning teas to help that evening stretch before bed time. The limited edition seasonal flavors, esp. Candycane Lane are great!
Just echoing... eating often is the best trick, staying hydrated, and maxing out my proteins. Retrain yourself, work better habits. None of us are perfect (from my perspective) strive to do better, consistency trumps...
I do get hungry, sometimes it's exercise, sometimes it's emotion or just hungry. Identifying triggers for ourselves can help us to find solutions.
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For me, the STARVING isn't actually starving. It's CRAVING. Sometimes I just want to eat CRAP! Once I remind myself that, it goes away.
A cup of tea will also help.
Or a walk. Doing anything that gets my mind off my false hunger until I forget about it.
Another "trick" is when you're STARVING, if an unlimited vegetable doesn't sound good, you aren't STARVING. Mom was right...or in my case, dad...if you get hungry enough, you'll eat it!
Great posts -- I love how you found huge salads before Poly was born!
I agree with everything you posted -- I tend to go the veggies route cause I hate being deprived -- and I can pretty much eat as much salad and vegetables as I want -- and upping the protein does help keep you fuller longer, and protein's pretty important.
My staples are: water, mio for the water, baby carrots, brussel sprouts, and Morningstar spicy black bean burgers (no bun of course). These are what keeps me from going hungry almost daily!!
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I eat all day long. If I'm not eating, I am drinking plain, cold water. If I'm not eating or drinking, it's because I'm working out. And then, I just keep eating. I almost always choose protein over dairy. I drink over 100 ounces of water each day. This program is awesome!
When I get hungry, it is just normal run of the mill hunger - never STARVING as in the old days.
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