As my weight continues to decrease, my alloted calories also decrease…so why is my appetite increasing? I am more hungry now than when I first started eating better (which meant eating less, of course).
The hunger is making me nervous. I find that if I try to ignore it (meaning keeping myself occupied with something else) it just gets worse. My stomach starts growling – out loud, mind you – to the point where other people in the room can hear it, easily. This is not “emotional” hunger either…I have learned to tell the difference. This hunger is coming on at random times throughout the day/night. My emotional hunger usually popped up only when I was bored, lonely, upset, angry, etc. Also, my emotional hunger did not cause my stomach to roar out loud (of course, because my body was not genuinely hungry).
So, what in the world do I do now? I am afraid if I start eating more the weight will stop coming off. On the other hand, though, I cannot allow myself to stay this hungry all the time, right? Allowing myself to remain hungry (if my body genuinely needs more food) will also be counter-productive to weight loss. Frustrating. Really.
For those of you out there who may have experienced this before…or just generally know what you are talking about…what do I do now? Do I increase the food intake? If so, what should I increase? Only fruits and veggies, protein…all of it? Help, please.