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Old 04-25-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question Will my appetite shrink as my stomach does?

If you've successfully lost weight, do you find it gets easier to resist unhealthy foods or excessive amounts of it, or are you still struggling with it every day?

It scares me to think that I may reach my goal but not be able to fight these powerful cravings for the rest of my life. It's a HUGE effort to stay within my caloric goals each day (1200-1500). Will it ever get easier?
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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Re: Will my appetite shrink as my stomach does?

It's hard at first! But after a while I began to crave fruits and vegetables. Sounds strange, doesn't it? These days if I eat some chocolate two days in a row I start craving it like mad...they're addictive! I really limit my intake of candy and sweets.

 
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Old 04-27-2009, 08:40 PM   #3
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Re: Will my appetite shrink as my stomach does?

Are you back to your desired weight now? What about your appetite - is it back to normal?
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:31 PM   #4
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Re: Will my appetite shrink as my stomach does?

It got easier for me! I really think you stay motivated better once you really start seeing results and get to where you want to be. I try to think about how much happier I am than I was before. I also did find that the beginning of any new eating plan was always tough the first week or two and started to get easier later.

I did the Five Factor Diet, which lets you have one cheat day a week where you eat whatever you want. Anytime I was going out to dinner or out with friends/family, I used that as my cheat day. If I felt like eating junk, I just made myself wait until that cheat day. After a bad day of eating, I usually felt bloated and my stomach hurt, so I was ready to go back to healthy eating. I still lost weight just fine (1-2 pounds per week) while doing this since I ate so healthy during the other days. I also got plenty of exercise.

I also find it helpful to stock up on healthy foods I really enjoy and just to not buy those bad and tempting foods at all. If the bad foods were in the house, I know I'd be too tempted to eat them. I really enjoy berries so I buy lots of them. I also like to make healthier alternatives to foods that might not be very healthy. For example, I love hamburgers. I buy the lean ground sirloin maybe twice a month and grill hamburgers on my George Foreman Grill. Then I use whole wheat buns and healthy toppings. I really enjoy the burgers and they are much healthier than restaurant and fast food options. I also make my own sweet potato fries by using plain cut sweet potatoes brushed with a tiny bit of olive oil and a light shaking of sea salt and baking them. I also like to make healthy mini pizzas by using a whole wheat pita, topping it with a little bit of sauce and reduced fat cheese (and any other good toppings) and melting it over the stove. I also treat myself to a diet orange soda with a small scoop of either frozen yogurt or low carb ice cream on occasion! I'll be making some of those this summer for sure

I like the recipes in the Five Factor Diet book and the Hungry Girl book. They have great ideas for healthy alternatives to junk that I might crave. Oh and be sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated. NOt drinking enough fluids can make you feel hungrier too. You can always try crystal light or something with zero to few calories if you want some flavor.

I hope things get easier for you! Just try to find some good healthy options that you like as much as not-so-healthy foods and it makes it easier since you are happy with what you eat. Think about how great you feel and think twice about bad foods to think if it's really worth it. It's okay to treat yourself every now and then, but often times we eat something bad and don't really enjoy it. I'd rather have it as a special treat and really enjoy it! For workouts, I enjoy them because I feel stronger and have more energy in the long run. Plus, it helps beat stress!

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Old 04-28-2009, 09:41 AM   #5
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Re: Will my appetite shrink as my stomach does?

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It got easier for me! I really think you stay motivated better once you really start seeing results and get to where you want to be. I try to think about how much happier I am than I was before. I also did find that the beginning of any new eating plan was always tough the first week or two and started to get easier later.
I'm almost at the end of week 7 and it might be a little bit easier, although, it might seem easier because my husband is working out of town right now. It was very hard when he was home since he still wants his regular food. That would be huge servings of meat and potatoes, or rice or pasta, skip the veggies and bring on the dessert.

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I did the Five Factor Diet, which lets you have one cheat day a week where you eat whatever you want. Anytime I was going out to dinner or out with friends/family, I used that as my cheat day.
I've never heard of the Five Factor Diet but it sounds like it's similar to mine. It's great that you found a diet that works. Too often people get pigeon-holed into a one-size-fits-all diet. I think that's why most of them fail. I still have the occasional cheat day but I'm even finding ways around that. When I go out to eat, I find out where we're going then look up that restaurant's menu online to find items on it that are 400 or less. It's amazing how easy it is to find stuff I can eat and really enjoy. We went out to La Hacienda the other day for lunch and I thought, Mexican food, I'm in trouble. I'll just order a salad if I have to. Turns out they had at least 5 different items on their menu, all at under 400 calories. I had the steak fajitas. lol

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I also find it helpful to stock up on healthy foods I really enjoy and just to not buy those bad and tempting foods at all. If the bad foods were in the house, I know I'd be too tempted to eat them.
I do the same thing and my husband is trying not to bring junk in the house. Thankfully, we both gave up the 3-4 a day soft drink habit. I switched to diet about a year ago and didn't lose a single pound. What that told me is it was making me crave sweets and causing me to eat even more. Now I drink water and unsweetened tea and I'll allow myself 2-3 diet colas a week. It's working for me because I'm losing weight and still don't feel deprived.

Like you, I've discovered all kinds of tricks to making everyday foods lower in calories while still enjoying the types of foods I like. One of my favorites is a Dreamcicle flavored desert I make. You remember the orange popsicle with the vanilla ice cream inside? I make some sugar-free orange jello, let it set up in the fridge, then whip up some vanilla fat-free, sugar-free instant pudding and put that on top of the jello. Tastes just like a Dreamcicle. Even my husband loves it. He says he can't even tell that I use skim milk in the pudding.

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Think about how great you feel and think twice about bad foods to think if it's really worth it.
That's exactly what I do. I've only lost 10 lbs so far but I already feel better. That's one of the things that keep me motivated. In fact, I have a whole list of "motivations" that I refer back to whenever I'm having a weak moment.

Have you reached your goal weight, and if not, how far do you have left to go? I'd really like to know what motivates you as well. I'm going to look up the Five Factor Diet book and the Hungry Girl book now. Those recipes you described sound interesting.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:22 PM   #6
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Re: Will my appetite shrink as my stomach does?

I'm not sure.
But as your stomach shrinks you will get fuller easier.
Oh and also eating less will become a habit for you, making it easier to lose weight.
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