Jump to content

Always hungry
Even after quitting sugar?


  • Please log in to reply
21 replies to this topic

#1 chickendrumstick

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:10 PM

Ladies, I need some advice.
I quit sugar about 10 weeks ago. I've done it before and am totally fine and loving life without it.
However, I do feel like since then I am always hungry! I try so hard to eat a lot of protein rich foods - I drink a lot of milk (my favourite) and tend to snack on nuts, eggs and try and include some protein in every meal. Nevertheless, I always feel hungry! If anything, I feel like I eat more when I'm sugarfree than I did before.
A typical day for me is:
Breakfast - 600mls milk, a piece of multigrain toast with bacon and avocado
Snack - handful of cashews
Lunch - burrito wrap with brown rice, slow cooked beef and salad
Snack - handful of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Dinner - tonight was a 6 egg omelet with ham, mushrooms,cheese and capsicum

And now its 11pm and I'm starving! I often find myself having a large glass of milk before bed.

I haven't lost any weight since quitting sugar but that wasn't my intention, I did it to have more energy and for mental health reasons. It has had mental health benefits but I haven't seen a huge improvement in the energy levels that I expected.

What am I doing wrong? Any thoughts? TIA.

ETA I am quite active during the day - on my feet all day working retail and cycle 15mins either way to and from work.

Edited by chickendrumstick, 07 November 2012 - 10:14 PM.


#2 *~*Kitty*~*

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:18 PM

I don't think you're eating enough and if you drink a "lot" of milk that won't be helping either.

#3 opethmum

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:35 PM

You need more vegetables in your diet, steam some and add for dinner and perhaps have an extra piece of toast in the morning. Also add some fruit in your diet too, maybe an apple for morning tea, bananas also help in filling you so maybe have that in the afternoon.

#4 d├ęsir d'amour

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:16 PM

I would say your snacks are too light on in terms of nutrients/bulk.  Also, are you sure you're not actually thirsty, rather than hungry?

#5 theb3an

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:09 AM

you do not have enough healthy fats or protein in your diet.  you are also eating too little.

weight loss isn't about eating less, it's about eating RIGHT - the right amount of calories per day for your weight, age, height and current exercise level.

go here to figure out the number of calories your body per day:  http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/

make sure you read each word and click on all the links (there are about 2 or 3 links).

when you figure out your caloric target for weight loss, try and stick to that by using myfitnesspal or sparkpeople to track what you eat.

take note that if you constantly undereat, your body will actually NOT lose any weight as your body will think it's starving so it'll hold on to everything you eat.  you must eat properly and the right amount of calories to see results (coupled with exercise).

#6 SplashingRainbows

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:16 AM

I disagree you're not eating enough protein - I think you're not eating enough carbs (including vegetables).

I'd also be cutting right back on the milk.

#7 siemp

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:19 AM

Are you drinking water?

You definitely need more fruit and veg in your diet as well.

#8 Rosepickles

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:43 AM

I would be starving if i ate that too. Get some vege sticks to munch on through the day which will help up your bulk. What about some natural yogurt for a snack with your nuts or you could have it for dessert. I find it feels more like eating than just a glass of milk and makes me feel more satisfied. I agree to check out how many calories you should be eating and measure what you eat for a week. I actually found that i ate 200 calories a day over what was recommended as i was starving and still lost weight, so listen to your body as well as what is advised.

#9 Guest_~Songbird~_*

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

Eat MORE protein. Eat it as the main for breakfast, lunch and dinner - not as an added extra.

So for breakfast it could be 1 chicken breast with tomatoes and mushrooms, lunch could be tuna and salad, dinner could be beef and salad. Cut down on the starchy carbs as well your body converts those to sugar too and wheat stimulates your appetite just like sugar does, which is why it's added to almost everything as well. Make sure you consume 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day for good health and proper brain functioning - the brain is 60-70% fat and it NEEDS good fat to work properly longterm.

Edited by ~Songbird~, 22 November 2012 - 06:02 AM.


#10 carls888

Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:32 AM

Milk is also very high in sugar- as in it changes to sugar quickly in the body, so maybe you are craving it to replace sugar.

I would try and swap the milk with a different food or water/ homemade iced tea.

I have been making a lemongrass iced tea that we drank in Thailand that is awesome. Just chopped up lemongrass leaves steeped in hot water and chilled. YUM.

You can drink it with ice, or sometimes I put dried hibiscus flowers in too as it adds a natural sweetener to it.



#11 Leggy

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:18 PM

QUOTE
Milk is also very high in sugar- as in it changes to sugar quickly in the body, so maybe you are craving it to replace sugar.


I think the OP is referring to added fructose (that's the one i have a problem with anyway! Bloating, low mood, energy issues) and milk has none of that.

I too think you should try eating more till you're not hungry, especially vegies and carbs, especially if you're on your feet all day. Maybe try that for a few weeks and if there's no change in hunger/energy levels then I'd see a doctor.

This is another website from the Vic government with a calculator to figure out your kilojoule needs for your age/height/weight/activity http://8700.com.au/  I looked up the bushwalking one and found that during one stage of a multiday I did at Easter, the exercise required as many kJ as my basal needs. As I said to my walking companion, "No wonder we felt like eating each other..."

#12 sunflowers81

Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:12 AM

I'd say if you're still hungry between meals it's cause you're not getting enough fat in your diet...

I also quit sugar recently and found that if my meal didn't have enough good fats (like avo, coconut oil, eggs) then I am hungry between meals too.

Hope that helps!

#13 Peridot

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

QUOTE
Dinner - tonight was a 6 egg omelet with ham, mushrooms,cheese and capsicum


6 eggs? And it didn't fill you up? What's your water intake like?

#14 Betty_D

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

I'd be bumping up your snacks - a handful of pumpkin seeds definitely wouldn't fill me up when my afternoon cravings starts!

If you're happy to eat fruit (not sure what your fructose limitations are), I'd recommend a bowl of natural yoghurt with some chopped up fruit like apple, banana etc. You could also sprinkle your pumpkin seeds etc over the yoghurt.

#15 CallMeFeral

Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

What about more fibre? Supposedly that fills you up, regulates the insulin, etc. So maybe more veg, or a high fibre breakfast cereal, or even fibre supplements?
I've been snacking on snow peas lately and it's had me too full to eat a real meal a lot of the time.

#16 LoveMy3Kids

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:09 PM

QUOTE (sunflowers81 @ 09/12/2012, 08:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd say if you're still hungry between meals it's cause you're not getting enough fat in your diet...

I also quit sugar recently and found that if my meal didn't have enough good fats (like avo, coconut oil, eggs) then I am hungry between meals too.

Hope that helps!


I quit sugar over a year ago and agree with adding more saturated fats to your diet. Fat keeps you feeling fuller for longer and is necessary for proper brain function. We eat heaps of coconut oil, butter, cheese, full fat yoghurt etc. I'd avoid so much milk as it's low in fat, so won't keep you full for long. I take my coffee with cream now instead of milk and find that I don't feel hungry for hours after having it. It makes it good for those times when I just want to eat "something".

We now eat LCHF (low carb, high fat) which seems to be a natural progression after cutting out fructose. I rarely snack as I just don't have that level of hunger that I still had after quitting sugar. LCHF means no grains, so you get the added bonus of removing wheat, which acts like sugar in the body and stimulates appetite. I feel the healthiest I've ever felt, even better than just being fructose free.

#17 YellowKittyGlenn

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

I agree your not eating enough.

I know its not the same im currently loosing weight & eat 6 times a day. Protien just doesnt come from meat. I eat cottage cheese with tomato on rice thins as a snack at night, fruit & yoghurt fir a day time snack, igh fibre cereal with milk, cranberries, prunes, grapes for brrakfast, celery or carrot or fruit for another snack, meat, veggie for dinner and once a week stirfry with quinoa 2 eggs be it poached or hard boiled with wholegrain bread or peanut butter with bsnsna on toast and lots if water through the day.

Protien, fruits & vegs will fill you up better and longer.

#18 theb3an

Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:17 AM

google "BMR" calculator and "harris benedict equation".  these are formulas that will allow you to calculate your basal metabolic rate (cals burned by just being alive) and # cals you need to eat per day for weight loss.  once you find this out, start tracking your meals using myfitnesspal or sparkpeople.

it doesn't seem like you're eating enough during the day.  a good base for each meal is about 300-350 cals and you should eat 5 times a day, totalling 1500-1600cals.  then top up with "food blocks" of 100-200cal snacks to hit your target calories.  this is something i learned from the insanity program.

do not be afraid to eat your calories.  this is a mistake many people make -- that eating 1800cals (if this is what you need), will make them gain weight when in fact, when you constantly under-eat your calories and are active, your body will hold onto everything you eat and immediately store it as fat.

you must eat properly to lose weight.

#19 antsy

Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:39 AM

People here are saying you arent having enough protein? Thats crazy, you seem to be having a very large amount of protein. Milk, eggs and beef are all very high in protein, and you are having protein rich snacks as wel too.

If I were you I would increase the amount of low GI carbs and vegies. They will fill you up and will take away the cravings. Maybe have an extra piece of toast in the mornings.

#20 red_squirrel

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:11 AM

What's your iron levels like?

I find when I am low in iron I get ravenously hungry. A few days of iron supplements and the insane hunger goes away.

Excess milk hampers iron apsorption too. You do sound like you drink a large amount of milk.

#21 winkywonkeydonkey

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:35 AM

Too much milk. 600mls? i would be sick.

since you love milk so much try adding fruit to make a smoothie.like banana and berries ?

Your snacks - try carrot celery sticks with hommus, banana or apple with some nuts.
Tuna/salmon on rice thins
yogurt and fruit



#22 eskimokisses

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:54 PM

I agree with most of the PP's advice.
Especially about the milk. Dairy can cause effects on insulin levels exactly the same way sugar does so that wont be helping your hunger. Sounds like your hunger hormones are out of wack.
Here is a good blog on hunger and craving hormones..

http://blog.metaboliceffect.com/2012/06/12...l-bio-feedback/




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Clever panda fakes pregnancy

News that a giant panda was pregnant prompted much excitement, but it appears there were never any cubs on the way.

'I survived placenta percreta'

When writing her birth plan, Simone Pavil included an item most women wouldn?t even think about: what should happen if she was put on life support. The mum had the potentially fatal condition placenta accreta.

Managing personal space as a mum

In the midst of the early parenting years, our bodies and minds can seemingly be overtaken by our offspring. How can we balance our need for personal space with the needs of our children?

'If love could have saved you, you'd have never left'

The words "spontaneous abortion" on the hospital paperwork really got to me. My baby died; I didn't spontaneously decide to abort him.

15 classic Aussie ads

Watch some of the classic Australian ads of the 80s, 90s and 00s, and remember the catchphrases and jingles we all used to know so well ...

For and against

Should Blue Ivy have been at the VMAs?

Many were quick to condemn Beyonce and Jay Z after appearing on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with their two-year-old daughter, but others thought it was a sweet family moment. What do you think?

Toddler attacked at gym creche

Two-year-old girl Eva Ness was left with a black eye and bite marks on her face and body after an altercation with an older child at a health club's child-minding facilities. Now her parents are calling for the centre to be closed.

Pregnancy a tricky matter of timing for FIFO couples

Manipulating rosters, coordinating 'conjugal' visits, working on site with your partner; getting pregnant can prove stressful for FIFO workers.

WIN a $100 RedBalloon for Dad

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 RedBalloon experience vouchers. Helping you make Dad's Day EXTRA HAPPY.

Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

Most parents know their child's carseat is not always squeaky clean, but they might not realise just how dirty it really is.

Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years.

Nine months in six seconds: new parents' Vine clip a hit

We?ve seen some memorable time-lapse pregnancy and birth announcement videos before. Now one new couple has taken it to the extreme, capturing it all in just a six-second Vine video.

Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Celebrity mum-to-be Sonia Kruger has spoken candidly about using donor eggs and IVF to fall pregnant at age 48.

Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old

When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: ?I don?t want to look beautiful.? And now I've worked out why.

Special nappies made with love for angel babies

Angel Baby Nappies make and provide tiny bereavement cloth nappies for pre-term stillborn babies and premature babies who pass away in the NICU.

Inside the brain of a tantruming toddler

What's going on in your child's mind in the lead-up to a tantrum? And what?s the best way to respond?

5 secrets to a long-lasting relationship

When it comes to keeping your relationship strong, it?s what you do - and not what you want - that really matters.

When 'furbabies' meet real babies

I am obsessed with my dogs, and can't imagine loving them any less once my baby arrives. But that doesn't stop everyone from telling me I will.

The least popular baby names of 2013

Looking for a baby name that?s nowhere near the top 10 ? or even the top 1000? Try the bottom five.

'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

There are no laws regulating driving while tired, but statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

WIN a $100 RedBalloon for Dad

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 RedBalloon experience vouchers. Helping you make Dad's Day EXTRA HAPPY.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

Testing ?no more tears? shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they?re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

Everything baby at Big W

Lowest prices on everything baby, only at Big W. Sale starts August 4 and ends August 20 2014.

Going viral

Outrage over baby's icy challenge

A man has been reported to child protective services after taking the ALS ice bucket challenge with his 10-month-old granddaughter.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.