If I'm cutting, I try to get as much protein in my food as I can, not only because it preserves the muscle but makes me feel more full for longer. But even if I eat at a slight calorie deficit with lots of proteins, I usually get hungry 2 hours after a meal no matter how big the meal was, it seems, so I'm practically hungry all the time and just have to live with that if I want to cut... Is this something that will be easier as i get older?
Thread: Always hungry
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Many people here are Forever hungry. Some can pack in 10k calories a day and still crave more, so for some people - there really is no "cure". Just ways to cope.
Protein rich foods is one option. Also various vegetables or some fruits are fairly high in volume (mass), but low on calories. Consuming them can make you full with very few calories.
Then there is the potential of IF. (intermittent fasting)
Point there is to endure the hunger for roughly half the day, so the other half, you can consume twice as much food. Allowing greater satisfaction during that time. For many, it's the only way to actually ever feel even remotely full during the day. And they much prefer to endure some hunger (which is there anyway) to feel full later.
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^ The problem with IF is that the OP said "I usually get hungry 2 hours after a meal no matter how big the meal was". So that might not necessarily solve the problem.
If it works with your schedule, you might want to try grazing over the course of the day. For a lot of people this has the opposite effect, but since you feel hungry or get cravings so often this might be a way to combat that without going over your alloted cals for the day.
Also accept that hunger on a cut is normal and expected. A lot of this really is mental. Keep yourself busy and find something to do post-meal besides sitting and thinking about food.259/137/341 @148
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Thanks for the tips and advices. I will definitely try IF for at least a day and see how it works for me. And yeah it's not just hunger, it's a combination of the need to feel "full" as-well as just craving for something tasty.
Btw, I know many people recommend eating 5-6 small meals instead of 3-4 big. But I actually think 3-4 bigger meals works better for me. First of all if I eat small meals I find it hard to really keep them small and tend to cheat "a little"; for example today I made a salad with chicken and eggs and vegetables with about 300 cals, and when I had ate it up I was so hungry I said **** it and made myself two slices of bread with salmon which probably added another 300 calories... and another point is that I also tend to cheat and eat lots of fruit inbetween meals because I never feel satisfied. What is the science behind the 5-6 small meal per day anyway?
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Hmm, you're all quite opposite to me.
Don't get me wrong though, since i've started weight training, i've been packing in 6 meals a day and am constantly hungry.
However, i DON'T like eating. srs. i feel its a waste of my time, and overall i just DON'T enjoy the experience. Due to the fact i've had 8 of my grinding teeth taken out, it takes 30-60 mins for me to consume my meal. My metabolism is extremely high so i have no choice but to eat like a pig or i'll risk losing a lot of weight. Its a drag, day in & day out.
01-27-2012, 02:39 AM #13
Just eat your 3 meals a day and as long as you meet your macros you're golden.
The way companies market their meal replacement products is going to be a joke in 20 years if people keep buying into their bs.
"Get our new 'Derp-Bar'!!! Can't get your 26th small snack in by the time you get to bed??? Reach for a 'Derp-Bar'!!!The body is designed to rip apart molecules and for energy and maintenance... that is all. It doesn't care if it is organic, processed,food dyed, etc. Genetics govern how the body responds to food."
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01-27-2012, 03:11 AM #15The body is designed to rip apart molecules and for energy and maintenance... that is all. It doesn't care if it is organic, processed,food dyed, etc. Genetics govern how the body responds to food."
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05-05-2012, 04:29 PM #16
You think you are always hungry?
Check this out!
Yesterday when I came from my workout, I drank a shake (40g dextrose, 30g protein whey), then immediately I ate 900g of whole wheat macaroni (which equals to about 220 carbs) and 100g of meat and I didn't even feel it, It's like the more I eat, the more I am hungry.
One solution is IF cause the more time passes between meals, the easier it is to endure. I am almost never hungry right in the morning and only get hungry after I eat (weird right?)
Another good option is drinking lots of water all day, cause water keeps you full and bloated, and has also other obvious bodybuilding benefits...
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