I'm new to the site. I've been wanting to make the shift to low-carb/high protein and fat for awhile but have been unsuccessful.
Here's some background on me: Lost 40 lbs. 3 years ago after adopting a mainly natural/organic diet. Have kept most of it off for the past three years, but weight has fluctuated due to birth control and knee injury that prevented me from working out for 9 months. I am 5'7", 135 lbs, and while I look thin and have a lot of muscle tone, I have some trouble areas I really want to work on (all my weight goes to my stomach, upper arms, love handles..)
I am guilty of chronic cardio and eating too many carbs (although mostly whole grain) and sugar, which I have SO much trouble resisting. My main reason for wanting to change my diet and workout habits is that I am constantly ravenous - nothing seems to satisfy my appetite. Even after a meal of protein and fats I am really hungry an hour or two later. I get so hungry that I feel like I'm going to faint, get a headache, feel shaky, etc. I've been checked for diabetes but endocrinologist says I don't have it.
Do you think all the cardio I've been doing (usually one hour or more 4-6 times a week) is contributing to my appetite? If I start the PB lifestyle, when will I start to see my appetite calm down? I need some encouragement, and knowing how long it will take before I see a change would help... I can't take the hunger anymore!
Thanks! (Sorry for such a long post)