Help! I’m Trying To Lose Weight But Hungry All The Time & The March Challenge

by TaylorR

I remember what it’s like.

I remember trying so hard to count every calorie I put into my mouth. Working diligently to keep my calories low so that I could continue to see the number on the scale go down.

I can remember hearing my stomach growl and turning up the music on my iPod in an effort to ignore the hunger pains. Or being embarrassed when those hunger pains would break the silence in a room.

I was only trying to lose weight! Didn’t my body know that? Why was it making this whole task so difficult?

Okay, so in my own personal situation it was likely because 500 calories/day just isn’t enough for a person to live growl-free. It wasn’t healthy and that starving feeling was my body’s way of trying to tell me that.

But what about other people, maybe you, who aren’t taking it to extremes? Who are trying to watch what they eat in an effort go lose weight but are having a hard time with it because your starving… all the time?

Well, I’ve gotten this question a ton lately, so I felt it was appropriate to address it in person.

I’m Trying To ‘Diet’ But I’m Hungry All The Time: What Should I Do? 

To recap, go through the following 4 questions to discover the underlining cause of your hunger pains. Understanding the cause will help you discover the solution. Fast!

First: Am I REALLY Hungry? 

Are you bored, stress, frustrated? Get in touch with your emotions for the real reason you’re craving food. Then go for a walk, get a workout in, clean the kitchen… anything to try and take your mind off things.

Chances are, that hunger will disappear.

Second: Am I Thirsty? 

The body doesn’t know the difference between hunger and thirst very well. Many times, you think you’re hunger but you really just need a big glass of ice water.

Chug a glass down, wait 10 minutes and see if you’re hunger still persist. If it does, then eat.

Third: Am I Eating Enough?

Losing weight is a tricky little beast. We all know that to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you’re taking in. So if you eat a lot less, then shouldn’t you lose a lot more?

Not necessarily. The body goes into “starvation” mode, holding on to everything it can. It triggers signs of hunger to try and get you to eat more.

For many people, if you’re hungry… you might actually be hungry.

Make sure to cut your calories by no more than 500/day. This combined with regular exercise will put you on a healthy road to success.

Also, eat small meals frequently if you find yourself hungry often. Don’t think that snacking is a bad thing. Eating when you’re hungry will keep you from binging when you’re starving!

Fourth: Am I Eating Filling Foods? 

Many low calories foods are loaded with carbs and low in protein and fats. The problem? Carbs begin the digestion process in your mouth. They’re easy to break down and that means they pass through quickly… they don’t have a lot of staying power to keep you full.

Protein and fat on the other hand, is harder to break down. They both stay in your stomach longer helping to keep you feeling full.

Make sure that ALL meals have a good source of protein, fats and carbs for balanced, whole food nutrition.

Make sure to check out the examples in the video!

Remember, It’s Not About Dieting

What I try to remind all of my clients… losing weight isn’t about dieting. It’s not about cutting calories now, then going back to old habits once the weight is gone.

It’s about looking at your previous habits, those that added the weight on in the first place, and making the decision to make new habits.

When you do, you will see results. Perhaps it’s cutting back on less processed foods or maybe you noticed that you eat out far too many nights a week.

Whatever the issue, there are easy tweaks that can be implemented to see results.

I promise!

Now that that’s off my chest here are a few favorites when it comes to filling but healthy food choices.

Healthy & Filling Foods

Many of the foods below can be added to snacks or meals to add an extra “filling” quality that was lacking before.

filling

  • Yogurt (Coconut milk yogurt is our fav)
  • Nut Butter
  • Avocado (great when added to protein shakes)
  • Attune Granola/Cereal (awesome added to yogurt for a more filling meal)
  • Nuts
  • Dried Garbanzo (great for salad toppers)
  • Cheese (when paired for fiber-filled fruit like apples)

Quick reminder… listen to your body! If it’s screaming it’s hungry, then give it something! There is no shame in listening to it. This is the main principle behind intuitive eating. What benefit do you get out of leaving yourself starving?

Trust me, no one likes you when you’re hangry!

Do you have any great snack suggestions? 

March Into Spring: The March Fitness Challenge

marchchallenge

Can you believe that it’s time for a new challenge already?

I am still putting the finishing touches on February’s prize package but if you completed it, let me know down in the comments!

Are you ready for March? 

I thought it would be fun to go off of the month’s name to come up with something both cute and effective. So this month it’s about marching… or running, walking, however you get around.

This month I challenge you to travel at least… 31 miles running/walking or 62 miles if biking.

- Or -

If you know roughly how many miles you log in a month, add 10 more on!

Pick your traveling poison, get your GPS watch charged up (or your phone) and get moving.

The challenge starts TODAY. Each Friday, let me know how many miles you’ve logged.

How To Register?

Make sure you’ve signed up by entering your email into the Challenge page, found here. That way I can keep you motivated and in the game!

I think this should be a fairly simply challenge for most, but the point is to get motivated to MOVE MORE!

Perhaps it should have been… Move More In March??

So for me, my personal goal will be to run 75 miles this month.

Are you with me? 

 

  • http://abs-of-steel.com Abi@AbsofSteel

    My goal: 93 miles of walking and running combined. Should be doable!!!

  • Sherri

    I completed the February challenge and loved it!! Hoping to get through the March challenge despite coming off a running injury. These are terrific, thanks for posting!!

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  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    whoop! In! Great tips too. My favorite snack is an apple or carrots with some form of nut butter. Fiber and fat! Good stuff.

  • http://www.TheTinyTerror.com Amy Lauren

    I’ll join. My goal is to run at least 100 this month but also keep up with cross training (yoga, lifting). In fact, I should probably be cross training more and running less…

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      That’s a great one!

  • valerie

    I am in! I have been loving this challenges and helps break things up in the gym for my workout buddy and I. I never really kept track of how much I do but i am going to say I’m shooting for 41 miles

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      You can do it!

  • http://itzlinz.com Linz @ Itz Linz

    i love all your filling favorites – especially that peanut butter!! hehe

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Pb is the best!

  • Tracy

    February challenge complete, check!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Whoop whoop!

  • http://www.crazyrunninggirl.com Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

    I am the same way with always feeling hungry. I realize it is worth if I don’t start my day off with a great breakfast!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Breakfast is the best!!

  • Sarah

    What about using a stepper? Would there be a way to track mileage on that? I love my stepper and have been wanting to incorporate it more. This seems like a great challenge for that!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Hum, I am sure there is! Does it track stories climbed? Perhaps you can aim to travel 10 stories average a day? So 300 by the end?

      • Sarah

        I’ll have to see if I can track that on my phone some way perhaps. My stepper only tracks time. That’s a great idea!

  • Sally

    I’m in! Dropped the ball on Jan and Feb challenges, but I’ve been hitting the gym. This challenge looks fun!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      yay!

  • Liis

    I completed February’s challenge.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Great job!

  • http://day-with-kt.com Kim

    I’m in on the March challenge for sure!! I think I will make my goal 150 – I need a couple of big months before my race in May.
    I don’t always use my Garmin and rarely remember to take pictures on the treadmill but I will try to get some!
    I did complete the February challenge.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      You’re amazing!

  • Cherie Wash

    I am in. My goal will be 90 miles this month.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I thought you were going to slow down the running! lol, you’re amazing!

  • http://barrandtable.com Brittany @ Barr & Table

    Thank you so much for this post. I know from experience, as well as talking to other people, that this is definitely a tough area. Personally, I decided last week that after my parents left town, I was going to do a Tone It Up slim down, which I’ve done a few times before successfully. I realized after 1 successful day that I was absolutely STARVING and couldn’t last another minute. I also realized that my body is in a far different place now then it was when I completed the slim down before. I have more muscle now and therefore probably need more fuel!

    It’s also helpful to see that people aren’t alone. I love reading posts like this because it’s such a great reminder of that as well as important information too.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      You’re definitely not alone! Listen to your body, when it’s starving fuel it! Just give it the “right” fuels and you’ll be golden!

  • Marissa Gallego

    I did the challenge last month and I am signing up for this month’s challenge too. Already got 3.34 miles done so far.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      awesome!

  • Amanda

    Just wanted to let you know yuor giving me hope. Tried so many different things, one things for sure healthy eating always wins with the right excerise. Thanks for being an inspiration to all women out there. Will be following your post. Made small changes in my life thus far. Started to run again over the moon with this. Only thing i have to learn is my eating habits and the correct foods. Thank you so much again.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thank you so much Amanda, best of luck on your successful journey! You can do it!

  • Debbie B

    I’m joining the March challenge – having trouble with the link to sign up though. But I’m in for sure! I do a lot of biking and running so love the idea!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Great job! Don’t worry about the link, you can do it!

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  • valerie

    The last 2 weeks I have had trouble with my ankle but have logged about 6 miles a week at the gym not counting the daily walk around, and 10 miles on the bike.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      That’s awesome! Rest that ankle though!

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