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    Hey, I always seem to be hungry. This is nothing new, back when I ate grain it was the same, but I've been low carb for quite a while now and it's not improving.
    I had a large omelet for breakfast (with tea and a few strawberries), a large steak for lunch (salad and steamed broccoli) and a whole chicken for supper (the skin too, the only thing left was the marrow).
    My stomach is still growling. Any ideas as to why this might be happening?
    In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

  • #2
    How low carb? and how long is "awhile"

    I've struggled with this my entire life and for the first time this week I wasnt. It only lasted about a day but it was amazing. I am slowly slowly feeling my hunger return to more normal levels


    What I am finding out about ME
    too low carb doesnt help. 50-100 is infinitely better than <50
    too high in fat makes it worse
    carbs later in the day are better than carbs earlier
    not every time I feel ravenously hungry am I truly ravenously hungry
    skimping the vegetables to save carbs does not work at lunch or dinner
    Skimping the vegetables at breakfast helps.
    running helps...I know it is supposed to make me hungrier, but it doesnt.
    avocado helps
    dark chocolate helps sometimes.
    club soda or seltzer often allows me to feel the fullness I should theoretically already feel.
    MTA: because it is rare I dont have more to say

    "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7

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    • #3
      Under 50g and over 2 months. I can eat until I feel sick and I'll still feel hungry.
      In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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      • #4
        I think it's our stomachs adjusting to the higher levels of fat and protein; in other words, I think we got so accustomed to grains (or for me at least) that once we cut it out, our stomachs are hungry ... for grains, if that makes any sense. It seems as though it should settle after a little while, but I do find that if I eat more protein and more fat, it does help ... I think I need more protein than most anyway, so I try not to limit myself to six ounces if I don't want to.

        Your body might also be trying to make up for lost time. Maybe it's craving the protein and fat because you denied it to yourself for a long time, or you didn't get enough of it (if this was the case). I feel this way too, but this is all speculation .

        Anyway, hope you feel better soon!
        http://modernpaleowoman.blogspot.com
        where a modern mom re-discovers the paleo way of eating so as to balance mind, body, & spirit

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        • #5
          Kerrygold butter is what I use to fight hunger cravings.
          ~Danielle~

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          • #6
            Yep I found that it only took about a week of eating my normal food plus half a pound of butter to solve hunger issues. Let your hypothalamus know that food is plentiful and it will shut up.

            Of course insulin resistance, leptin resistance, and other things (like tapeworms!) might be making you hungry. But assuming that you're healthy it is probably just a survival mechanism.
            Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

            Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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            • #7
              Are you getting enough fat to reach satiety?

              EDIT: That is why butter is good. It adds extra fat without much protein.
              Last edited by Bushrat; 03-19-2011, 09:42 PM.
              A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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              • #8
                I am a bit over 2 months in and I also used lots of kerry gold but rarely do anymore.

                Anywa, play around. For me <50 g carb day in and day out didnt work on many levels.
                MTA: because it is rare I dont have more to say

                "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by runnergal View Post
                  How low carb? and how long is "awhile"

                  I've struggled with this my entire life and for the first time this week I wasnt. It only lasted about a day but it was amazing. I am slowly slowly feeling my hunger return to more normal levels


                  What I am finding out about ME
                  too low carb doesnt help. 50-100 is infinitely better than <50
                  too high in fat makes it worse
                  carbs later in the day are better than carbs earlier
                  not every time I feel ravenously hungry am I truly ravenously hungry
                  skimping the vegetables to save carbs does not work at lunch or dinner
                  Skimping the vegetables at breakfast helps.
                  running helps...I know it is supposed to make me hungrier, but it doesnt.
                  avocado helps
                  dark chocolate helps sometimes.
                  club soda or seltzer often allows me to feel the fullness I should theoretically already feel.
                  thank you for this--it actually provides a lot of insight for me and i think i'm going to venture out a bit on my carbs (again) to get my body properly fueled maybe a small potato or something... any way i might request what a typical day looks like for you? (nutrition and w/o routine?)
                  live mindfully.
                  she's a Coconut Girl in a PRIMAL world... my PB journal

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                  • #10
                    There are simply some people that are hungry very often due to incredibly fast metabolisms, especially in youth living active lifestyles. If I were not now 38, it would not matter what kind of diet I was on, I would have been either thirsty or hungry all day everyday. I've always have an insane metabolism, getting gas and hunger pains all of the time if I did not eat regularly. I've also always gotten dehydrated easily, needing to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

                    To the OP, do you have any history of mental health issues-depression, anxiety, bipolar? Also, have you tried replacing food with water?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bushrat View Post
                      Are you getting enough fat to reach satiety?

                      EDIT: That is why butter is good. It adds extra fat without much protein.
                      Fat never made a difference in satiety for me. I remember have way too little fat in my diet a few times in my 20s and it did not take much to fill my stomach up. If anything, increasing fat has always made me even more hungry. I don't buy into this high fat idea. Animal meats were likely much much leaner in the Paleo days than they are today. Farmers have been fattening up the animals we eat for years. Often when we eat more fat we get less protein, which for me is what fills me up and keeps my hunger at bay, not the fat.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by morganpmiller View Post
                        Fat never made a difference in satiety for me. I remember have way too little fat in my diet a few times in my 20s and it did not take much to fill my stomach up. If anything, increasing fat has always made me even more hungry. I don't buy into this high fat idea. Animal meats were likely much much leaner in the Paleo days than they are today. Farmers have been fattening up the animals we eat for years. Often when we eat more fat we get less protein, which for me is what fills me up and keeps my hunger at bay, not the fat.
                        Thanks for this insight as I had been insanely hungry also (I have a pretty slow metabolism but apparently a rather strong digestive system that seems to pulverize anything I throw at it, breaking it all down at record speeds!). I tried increasing fats and I can eat ridiculous amounts of fat and never seemingly become full, so I have balanced out with extra protein now and am feeling much better
                        Last edited by TARNIP; 03-19-2011, 10:51 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by runnergal View Post
                          How low carb? and how long is "awhile"

                          I've struggled with this my entire life and for the first time this week I wasnt. It only lasted about a day but it was amazing. I am slowly slowly feeling my hunger return to more normal levels


                          What I am finding out about ME
                          too low carb doesnt help. 50-100 is infinitely better than <50
                          too high in fat makes it worse
                          carbs later in the day are better than carbs earlier
                          not every time I feel ravenously hungry am I truly ravenously hungry
                          skimping the vegetables to save carbs does not work at lunch or dinner
                          Skimping the vegetables at breakfast helps.
                          running helps...I know it is supposed to make me hungrier, but it doesnt.
                          avocado helps
                          dark chocolate helps sometimes.
                          club soda or seltzer often allows me to feel the fullness I should theoretically already feel.
                          Thank you for sharing this, as I am trudging my way along in PB I am finding that I seem to be similar to you (except for the running part, coz that makes me really hungry!) It's nice (and reassuring) to know there are others out there that are going through the same thing and have managed to correct their own issues through trial and error. It helps us newbies to know how to better assess things

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                          • #14
                            To all of the fat comments: There is not, nor was there ever, a shortage of fat in my diet. Back in my pizza eating days nobody else would eat my pizza because (and I quote) "that is a disgusting level of meat".
                            Morgan: I only get depressed when I don't go outside for long periods of time. And I've never been tested for being bipolar, but I probably am.
                            In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
                              To all of the fat comments: There is not, nor was there ever, a shortage of fat in my diet. Back in my pizza eating days nobody else would eat my pizza because (and I quote) "that is a disgusting level of meat".
                              Morgan: I only get depressed when I don't go outside for long periods of time. And I've never been tested for being bipolar, but I probably am.
                              Do you really think you could be bipolar? Or are you just saying that jokingly because it has been considered the diagnosis du jor in recent years? I find that many people with bipolar that have anxiety and high metabolisms often have insatiable appetites. I'm one of them.

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