Fake hunger pangs keeping me from loosing weight

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
August 5, 2007 10:30pm CST
Every time I get down to a certain weight, I get these hunger pangs, which are not because I am starving but because they want me to regain the weight I lost. This last week, although I got down to 209 lb. I got these horrible pangs in my stomach that made me feel as if I was below and could eat some more, but when I weighed myself, I was up to 215 lb. Right now, I am satisfied, but only because I am around the weight I was before ==215 lb. Can anyone help me, suggest some food or method that will prevent these fake hunger pangs from happening so I can go back to 209 lb and lower?
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
8 Aug 07
They are probably not hunger pains. I find that if my stomach starts to growl and get painful if I drink a large up of water or (I like) unsweet tea then it helps. A lot of times it isn't hunger but actually your body is crying out for hydration. That is why it is critical to drink enough. I hope that this helps.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
8 Aug 07
I forgot to mention that some of us did this before kinda like a support group. What we do is we put our amount of weight lost every Monday and then we support each other. If you would like to see what I am doing this time check out my previous discussion, and if you need anything just let me know. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1231772.aspx
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Aug 07
Okay I will check it out. I am started to drink more water, but boy those trips to the bathroom a rather an annoyance!
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
9 Aug 07
After a while your body gets used to the amount of fluids you are drinking. Then you won't have so many trips to the bathroom.
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• Canada
7 Aug 07
Before I had my firstborn, I was 95 lbs. After I had him, I was 185 lbs. and he was only 5 lbs 8 oz! I ate, and ate, and ate during my pregnancy--during the day, but was so sick as soon as three pm came around. Anyway, the being sick did not matter one whit--I still had all those extra pounds! I had to lose the weight, but I was so hungry all the time--my stomach would be grumbling (and sore!) and I would get so faint from the hunger. What I found that helped me a lot was drinking a lot of lemon water (no sugar). You squeeze the juice of one lemon into a one-liter bottle of filtered water, and sip that throughout the day. It will help to detoxify you. I also ate a good breakfast (oatmeal--the kind you boil, not the instant kind-- with skim milk and brown sugar), and a mug of green tea. Oatmeal is a slow-release carbohydrate, and you will find that you don't feel the hunger pangs as much. The green tea helps to speed up your metabolic rate and has a lot of antioxidants too. Yogourt is a good food for dieters, because it has predigested sugars and keeps your gut healthy. I also walked a lot. At first it was very difficult, because I had to stop and catch my breath I was so out of shape. I persisted, though, and the pounds dropped. I did hit a plateau a few times, when I just couldn't seem to lose anymore, but I kept on with the lemon water and green tea. I also drank a lot of plain, filtered water. I know what you mean about the Brita--I have the faucet type--but get a glass carafe and fill it up and refill it as soon as you pour some off to drink. I did go on the Atkins diet, and I lost a lot of weight with that system. You have to drink a lot of water when you are on it,though, because you will be metabolizing a TON of protein and it overtaxes your kidneys. And don't forget the exercise. At first, it took all I could do to just walk, but slowly you work your way through a simple routine, and before you know it, the scale is your friend! Patience, dear suspenseful, it is very difficult, but you can do it. Feel free to PM me when you need some morale boosting. Been there. Took me 20 years to get to 125 lbs, but I've kept it off. You can do it. All the best. Yell if you need me...:-D
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Aug 07
Thanks I'll try that.
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• Canada
7 Feb 08
Thanks for best response, my friend! So have you tried the lemon water yet?
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 Jun 08
I tried it. We were at a restaurant and both me and my future daughter-in-law, I hope, had lemon water. Both of us need to lose a lot of weight.
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
10 Aug 07
I think you should go for low calorie food like salads when you have fake hunger pangs. Another thing you can try out is drinking lot of water as this would reduce your food intake capacity which can be used during those hunger pangs. Above all i would say it is a question of will power.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 Aug 07
It is part that and choosing the wrong parents. My father was large boned and hefty and my mother was large boned. So I have two things to fight against. I am also a mesomorph so I weigh more than I look, but I want to be slimmer.
@jatamogue (367)
• Philippines
10 Aug 07
I can suggest to wait for twenty minutes after eating. That is usually when your stomach tells you are full. Your apetite will decrease after twenty minutes and this will allow you not to feel hungry. Fruit juices also can help but the effect usually comes after half an hour or so.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 Aug 07
I never knew that. I thought it was almost immediately. Thanks for the information.
@vhansen (2035)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I know exactly what you're talking about,I get them too.I drink a full glass of water straight down,then go do something to take my mind off food.Usually that works,if not then a small snack of something I really like,say a bit of chocolate.That way my stomach gets a treat and my brains gets a rush out of being a little naughty.;p
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Aug 07
I really should buy some chocolates but I have to hide them, and only eat one a day. I love dark chocolates.
@jolenegreen (1209)
• United States
7 Aug 07
This is EXACTLY why I cannot loose weight!!!! I hate it andd it makes me mad. When I get those pains I end up eating something and then gain weight back.....GO FIGURE
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Aug 07
That is me exactly.
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@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Like Pilbara said, drink water. I've had this happen to me beofre too. These fake hunger pains are actaulyl dehydration pains. Try to drink water thorughtout the day to stay prpoerly hudrated. You are supposed to drink 8, 8ounch glasses. This will seem like a lot in the begining, and you will always be running to the bathroom....but eventually your system will get used to it and you will feel fantastic. Water helped to flush all the impurities from you system, I find the more I drink the better my skin looks too. I hope this helps you. Best of luck!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
6 Aug 07
It is the running to the bathroom I don't like and we have a Brita filter and it seems to take forever for the drinking water to get out of the tap.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
6 Aug 07
I find that if I have a drink of water it helps particularly if I combine that with going for a walk. Good luck
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
6 Aug 07
Thanks I will do that. I already go for a walk, but I usually to not drink water before. I usually drink it afterwards.
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