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britt-a-knee

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 08:25
I need some tips, tricks, advice, whatever you can give.

I am on a low calorie plan and I do really well for breakfast and lunch but by the time 5o'clock rolls around I'm starving and have the urge to snack and snack and snack until I feel almost full and then I make dinner and eat that later. I've been too busy at work to have my usual 3pm snack of almonds, but even when I would eat those I'd still be starving when I got home at 5. Is it a mental thing? It feels physical, but I don't know why I feel the urge to eat until full instead of just a snack to hold me over to dinner. One change I have made is that I eat a larger breakfast than lunch so maybe that has to do with it.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, help, please!

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britt-a-knee

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 08:36
Thanks Bren. I forgot how filling apples can be. If I eat an apple with a big glass of water that should hold me over.
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orion6

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 08:36
I am straving when I get home as well. I either eat a protein bar on my way home or get an ice coffee with a little half and half and splenda and it keeps me full for awhille so I can make dinner.I also like carrots and hummas.
britt-a-knee

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 08:42
Orion, I just read that as you like carrots and humans lol. I wish I had a mini fridge at work so I could bring some protein drinks.
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140point6

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 08:45
Could you try having dinner right when you get home?
PantherIII

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 08:47
Here's what i do to curve the hunger. Broccoli & cheese (green giant steamer bag) + 2 eggs+1 pack of turkey sausage. 350 calories and very very filling. Of course you could just use one egg and half the steamer bag for a calorie count of 215.
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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 08:57
I usually have some greek yogurt late in the afternoon and then go to the gym right away when I get home. The protein in the yogurt keeps me satisfied enough to keep from eating everything in sight as soon as I walk in the door and when I'm exercising, I'm not snacking. After my workout, I can eat my dinner and I'm good. If I eat dinner too early, then I end up snacking all evening afterwards!
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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 09:03
Try one of my iced coffee protein shakes:

1 c cold coffee
1 c milk (whatever kind you drink, prob skim)
1 scoop 100% whey protein (choc or vanilla prob work best)
2 tbsp sugar free DaVinci or Torani syrup (any flavor that will go with the protein powder flavor)

I make these almost every day & drink them in the afternoon & they hold me until well past 5 pm. In general high protein & high fiber will help control your appetite, maybe find some way to incorporate flaxmeal into your diet? If you look up the nutritional info you may not consider it a low calorie food, but it goes a long way.
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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 09:05
that sounds so yummy!
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britt-a-knee

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 09:19
I think the faster I'm able to eat it the better...lol Kat, do you think I could make this ahead of time or would the whey not sit well after blending?
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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 09:37
I have tons of cravings for snacks all day, so what I've found works best for me is breaking my meals up into smaller sized portions. For instance, this morning I had a cup of Kashi Go Lean with Almond Milk. Instead of wolfing it all down in 1 setting at 8 AM, I had half at 8 AM and the other half just now. It keeps me snacking and full longer. I do the same for lunch - Half a sandwich at 12:30 and the other half at around 2 / 2:30. It's really working for me - the only thing I can't do that with is dinner. Also, I like Greek Yogurt a LOT and it helps keep you full longer.
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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 10:02
I know I'm prone to snacking between 4-5pm as well. The only things I found to combat it is a small snack like a yogurt cup, fruit and nut bar with a large mug of green tea. Or exercise. Sometimes I'll also just plan to have a larger snack that time of day. Like a protien shake with 1 serv of protien powder, and 1/2 cup of a low calorie icecream. It'll usually keep me full until dinner. Which I normally eat between 7-8pm.
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britt-a-knee

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 10:26
Jada, I was looking at your food diary and was wondering about the Biggest Loser baked ziti. Did you buy a BL cookbook?
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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 10:48
Anytime I am having a craving/food fit, I make myself a cup of coffee... the caffeine tends to take my hunger away... and the warm coffee fills my belly up nicely! Smile
Also, I like the ham and cheese roll ups, cheese sticks, and celery and peanut butter!
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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 10:54
Here's what I do.
Eat less for breakfast and lunch, save calories for the end of the day. Our bodies are more insulin sensitive early on, so if you have a higher calories early in the day, your body produces more insulin to get rid of the glucose which cause you to get hungry quicker, and also cause more muscle to be used as energy.
Early in the day you should focus your calories on protein and fiber because you will avoid the sugar drop and feel full on less calories.
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Jada Petsch

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 11:04
I bought the Biggest Loser Family cookbook. The recipe is in my cookbook, you should be able to see if if you look at my full cookbook on my profile. it's rather tastey. The only thing I really tweaked was adding more spices to the marinara when I made it. There is also a picture of the baked Ziti with recipe. Smile
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gnat824

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 11:25
Alli, I'm with you on breaking up your food. I eat my breakfast in the morning but don't drink all my coffee and will reheat it late morning to tide me through til lunch. Then at lunch I'll eat my portion of leftovers and usually a piece of fruit, then have some veggies later in the afternoon and my yogurt or string cheese not long before I leave. It definitely works much better for me than eating my lunch all at once!
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radiochick

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 11:43
Hey Britt, I've noticed this about myself as well. And, I realized yesterday that the trick is eating a snack before you get hungry. Let me explain.

Yesterday I did great for breakfast/lunch... and about 1:30 I was feeling hungry. BUT I don't know when I'm really hungry, or just think I'm hungry so I just push through it.

THAT BACKFIRED. By 3pm I was reallly hungry and started eating.... and of course by this time I'm in overeat mode.

This could have been avoided by just eating an apple or cheese or really anything at 1:30. I think it would have leveled me out... so that even if by 4 I was ready for another snack... it would have been much more reasonable.. followed by dinner at 6pm.

One snack I absolutely love, love, love and is sooo filling is an apple and stalk of celery cut up in bit size pieces with a sprinkle of salt. IT sounds simple I know... but it's so sweat.. and crunchy.. and very filling. If I feel like it I throw in a spoonful of raisins too. I call it Snack Salad. It's my lifesaver for after dinner snacks.
britt-a-knee

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 11:44
Russell, saving my calories for later in the day has helped me a lot in the past. Eating more for breakfast was something new I was trying but it doesn't seem to be working in my favor. I think I'll go back to eating light breakfasts and lunches. Thanks!
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britt-a-knee

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011, 11:48
radio, I think I do well because I'm busy at work and don't have time to think about snacking and I let myself get too hungry. I have never thought about combining those things together for your Snack Salad but I may have to try it!
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