Are You All Time Hungry On Intermittent Fasting?

HUNGRY.ALL.THE.TIME.
I started IF 16:8 back in April for two reasons, one to shed some winter pounds and the other thinking it would stop me from thinking of food all the time. I feel like now that’s all I think about even more bc I’m so hungry all the time! I eat from 11 am-7 pm (I’m up at 4 am for work). I track calories with MFP and am “around” 1300/day give or take. Before IF I was around 1700/day. I started IF at 164lbs and am now at 148. The doctor says I’m at a healthy weight and a proper BMI.  I am constantly hungry. I do okay just sitting in the office until 11 am for lunch, but then I have lunch, and I’m still starving after, and I’m hungry until dinner. Then I’m hungry after dinner and hungry when I wake up. Any advice? I’ve tried drinking more water, seltzer, tea, etc. I eat a mostly healthy vegetarian diet; I don’t care about carbs I just track calories. I’m not depriving myself and generally eat all the same things I was eating before IF just less. I’ve recently had complete blood work done and all my vitamin levels and all that is good.

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    Ou really needs to include a form of protein with your meals. If you eat chips only, it elevates your blood sugar, then crashes. It’s a vicious cycle. The protein helps keep you full — meat, beans, quinoa, chickpeas, etc.

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      Thanks! For lunch, I generally eat a large salad with chickpeas, spinach, egg whites and beans along with a side of something else (grilled cheese, vegetarian taco, vegetable soup, steamed vegetables, veggie stir fry — all very small portions though). When I get home, I always have some peanut butter and almond milk before dinner. Dinner is usually homemade veggie burgers (made with quinoa/beans), with an entire bunch of asparagus. Or "fake" chicken with vegetables/asparagus. Sometimes once a week I'll make homemade pizza/pasta/tacos. If I have calories left over, I indulge in some low-fat ice cream/whipped cream.

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        Carbs don’t come only in the fashion of bread; protein doesn’t only come in the fashion of meat. I think your diet is good and consistent. I would say add more healthy fats and eat closer to maintenance. Track everything with the scale daily in the morning, and you’ll know what is happening. The last 10 lbs are the hardest and somewhat a game. Look at the measurement as a 2-3 month goal, so you have time to adjust how you feed. You may need to make your window smaller since the hunger sets in after eating. Have you tried that yet?

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    It just takes time to get used to it. I'm 5'7, and at 150, I felt hungry all the time because I'd been fat for so long. When I was younger at that weight, it never bothered me. I feel hungry fatter right now. I think it's just giving the body time to get used to being at a lighter weight and eating less.

    Sometimes I sit and think about the feeling too. Is it really hunger? Like what is the physical feeling? Or is it a mental feeling? Or is it my boredom or loneliness, my desire to eat, my knowledge there is some food nearby?

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    I feel like you need more protein. I’m a vegetarian also, and it’s tough for me to get enough protein without packing on calories. But doable.
    I feel when I need peanut butter or something because I get weak and my stomach growls.

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      What do you do for a boost of protein? I also get the weak feeling that I cure with peanut butter!

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