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feeling hungry constantly

hello everyone, hope you all are having a great day. I started the 12 week plan just over 3 weeks ago. I started calorie counting as this has worked for me in the past. I had a baby over a year ago and I am a stone heavier than I used to be and would like to go back to my pre-baby weight. The first 2 weeks of the plan went great and I lost 3lbs. The came week 3 where there were a lot of unexpected and unplanned outings which meant just eating whatever was available and not all healthy things. Week 4 now and I just keep eating :( and feel the good work was wasted from the first 2 weeks. I go to work, try walking if I get up on time, come home and then I am 'mummy'. Once baby is asleep and the housework is done I am so tired I don't feel like doing any exercise. I used to enjoy workout dvds pre-baby. I just keep feeling hungry. Anyone else feel like this?

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Hi, motivated1, Welcome

The trick is to eat a balanced diet that give your body what it needs, and consequently satisfies your hunger, without making you fat.

After four weeks your appetite should have got accustomed to the diet.

If you are not losing more than two pounds a week, you are not eating too little.

¿Have you looked at the phcuk website?

Carbohydrates and sugar give you short-term energy but do not satisfy your appetite much.

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Absolutely, i will check out the phcuk website, hadn't heard of it before.

Totally agree with the carbs and sugar thing, my issue is i have a sweet tooth lol


Hello and welcome to the Weight Loss Forum motivated1 😊

First of all, to help you find your way around, and enjoy all the things we have on offer, please read the Welcome Newbies Post here healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

Take your time to read it carefully as it has lots of information.

With regards to feeling hungry, the best advice I can give is to eat enough. If you are following the NHS 12 Week plan then the 1400 calorie target suggested is a just generic amount, please check your own personal calorie target using the BMI checker, it’s often higher than you think. We always advise starting towards the top of the range, being hungry is the single biggest cause of weight loss failure.

If it’s not actual physical hunger, but what my Granny called ‘appetite’ but constantly thinking about food, sometimes called ‘the addictive desire to eat’ that can be caused by many things, but possible because you are “on a diet” and feeling deprived. It’s so important to get into the right mindset and eat healthily and sustainably. Please have a look at the Daily Diary for help with foods ideas and what is considered healthy, which thankfully is not all salad and low fat products!

I also highly recomend coming onto the forum regularly, daily if you can, reading posts and replying to others. Being part of a community is proven to help weight loss. Why not join our daily chat thread ‘What’s Happening Today?’

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Out of interest, can I ask how you found us?

Best wishes for your weight loss journey

Indigo 👏

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Many thanks for your reply and for sharing the links, I will take a good look at them. I found you guys online when I was having concerns about my weight and decided to give the 12 week plan a go. I love chocolate, keeping control of snacking is what I am finding difficult. Also portion control. Not sure often how much is recommended for me to eat. I am fine when I am in routine, but you wont always be in routine and that's when I will end up eating more. Also not a great cook, so new recipes would be great.

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Re how much you should eat, see Indigo’s advice about getting a personalised range from the NHS BMI calculator and start towards the top of that range. Aim to get your calories into your three meals to reduce the risk of snacking on unsuitable stuff.

You’ll find loads of recipes under Topics- directions in the link above


You’re very welcome motivated1 😊

You have answered your own questions haven’t you?

Less snacking is easier if you’ve had a proper meal, so plan three nourishing meals

Portion the food BEFORE you cook it so you you can’t eat more

Chocolate is very hard to stop once you start so maybe avoid, at least until you get more into the swing of things

Re recipes, I like Tom Kerridge, The Hairy Dieters, BBC GoodFood as well as this forum



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