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Atkins Chick 08-12-2013 09:10 PM

What do you do when you're just not hungry?
 
I've noticed the last few days that I am just not hungry at all... to the point that my online diet journal says I've consumed around 600 -700 calories for the day. I track everything I eat and I'm typically 60% fat, 30% protein and 7-10% carbs.

Sometimes even thinking of eating before noon time makes me feel ill. I know this is the high fat causing this but according to my online journal I need to consume around 1700 calories a day and I just cant see myself doing that...

How do you get the calories in? Will I still lose if my calorie intake is under 700?

Punkin 08-13-2013 03:59 AM

I have days when I am not hungry at all. Then other days when I am. And right now I am on a steady increase of weight gain. It isn't anything to worry about at all because it is just your body adjusting to your diet. If you are low carb right now and just have recently increased your uptake, all that is happening is that your body is assessing what to do with all the fat so it will just take time for your body to readjust to the new diet. Just stick with the plan and eat when you are hungry. If you continue to experience no hunger for a few weeks then just eat your meals at regular times and don't stuff yourself. If you are low carb enough, the weight loss will take care of itself.

suzanneyea 08-13-2013 04:24 AM

If the thought of eating is gross, I do not eat. But, that almost never happens to me, lol.

jeaniem 08-13-2013 04:35 AM

I don't force food unless I start feeling edgy and impatient or get headaches from not eating enough, the act of eating in itself usually awakens my appetite enough to drive the calories back up without much effort on my part.

84k 08-13-2013 04:46 AM

I don't eat. Usually happens on the weekend when I'm not working, but never lasts a full day, the most was 10hrs.....

Aomiel 08-13-2013 04:58 AM

I make myself eat something...even if it's just a couple ounces of cheese or a hard boiled egg just to make sure I keep my BG stable. Early this summer, if I wasn't hungry, I just wouldn't eat and then noticed that I was having hypoglycemia problems. Cracked me up since, up until about 5 months ago I was on insulin to bring my BG down.

pooticus 08-13-2013 05:23 AM

And there you have it. The low carb advantage is that your appetite diminishes as ketosis deapens. Dr. A said to go with it. Heed your appetite (or lack thereof). He often described days where is lunch was little more than a few walnuts.

If you aren't hungry don't eat. Period. But do drink lots of fluids!

clackley 08-13-2013 05:41 AM

Perfect example of how calorie counting can mess you up. Why eat if you are not hungry? Listen and learn your body's signals. You will not starve, after all, you have this stored body fat that you want to access!!:)

jerickson 08-13-2013 07:00 AM

I too am having problems with no wanting to eat and in fact gagged this morning eating my bacon. I ended up feeding 3 of my 4 pieces of bacon to my basset hound. So I just choked down my scrambled eggs, one piece of bacon, and cup of strawberries. I am forcing myself to eat because I am exercising a lot and need the fuel.

Chuck41 08-13-2013 07:22 AM

Not hungry til noon, I don't eat til noon. Not hungry all day, different story! LC is not a "fast" and I don't think a long term fast is a good thing. However, nobody ever died from missing a couple meals, or even going a couple days without eating.

If I force myself to eat three meals a day when I am not hungry, I don't lose. Drink lots of water and follow your body's cues about when to eat, but don't allow your body to go into a starvation mode. It won't hurt to miss a meal occasionally, but if you don't have as much energy as usual, you need to adjust something. Might need a bit of salt, or a good LC meal or snack or both.

I usually don't get hungry until noon or later and have learned to not eat "by the clock". Often one meal in mid-afternoon and a small snack or so in the evening seems to work best for me. YMMV.

cleochatra 08-13-2013 09:18 AM

If I'm not hungry, I typically don't eat. The body seems to know what it wants and when it wants it, so barring any medical conditions or prescription-based needs, if I'm not hungry, I'll eat the next time I am.

peanutte 08-13-2013 10:01 AM

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Perfect example of how calorie counting can mess you up. Why eat if you are not hungry? Listen and learn your body's signals. You will not starve, after all, you have this stored body fat that you want to access!!
More accurately, this is a perfect example of how it can "mess you up" to believe that you are obligated to eat some higher number of calories or else you might fear you are endangering yourself. Those online estimates don't know you; they don't know your actual hunger or your particular body.

Michelle765 08-13-2013 04:15 PM

Me too!
 
I also am tracking what I eat and some days 500-ish cals was all I was hungry for. I only went over 1000 calories once since I restarted in Jul. I stalled and was trying to figure out why, and thinking it could be related to how little I was eating, this past Saturday I had lunch even though my stomach wasn't growling. As I began to eat, I started to feel better and realized I actually was hungry (just felt a little off). The next day, I made sure to eat lunch again. Lo and behold, I saw the scale go down both Sunday and Monday.

I had to measure my waist for health biometrics for work and did so a little over a week ago. Since then my waist has dropped two inches. :jumpjoy:

llisarray 08-13-2013 07:50 PM

If I'm not hungry, I don't eat. Food is the one thing in my life that I have control over right now :)

Atkins Chick 08-13-2013 09:13 PM

Thanks everyone! Its true, I shouldn't go by what the journal is telling me to consume in calories per day. It just gets confusing because you see a lot of posts from people who aren't losing and the first thing people look at is the fact that they are not eating enough. I've lost 10 lbs my first month back and I just don't want to sabotage it this time by doing the wrong thing....not eating enough, eating too much....Its such a frustrating puzzle isn't it?

August Moon 08-13-2013 09:21 PM

Wow...I don't have this problem. Well not usually anyway, lol. If I'm under the weather maybe (like this past weekend).

I simply don't have anything until I feel like I want something.

peanutte 08-13-2013 09:29 PM

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you see a lot of posts from people who aren't losing and the first thing people look at is the fact that they are not eating enough.
Well, one of the first things people are told is that they're not eating "enough". That doesn't make it a fact. It's one of the trends on the boards, but repeating something and continuing to circulate it doesn't make it true.

You need to go by your own trial and error. If you are losing, you're eating an appropriate amount. If you're not losing or if you're gaining, you might want to keep a more accurate eye on things and make sure you are eating what you think you're eating. Keep in mind that people at different sizes and weights require different amount of calories to suit their personal metabolism, age, medical conditions, etc. So it doesn't matter to me if some people say they can lose on 1600 calories a day and maintain on 2000. That has nothing whatsoever to do with me. Other people might say they feel like they are starving on 1200 calories. I find that to be a totally comfortable and generous amount of low carb food. It's personal.

Trust your own experience, not calculators or formulas.

Atkins Chick 08-15-2013 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by peanutte (Post 16558573)
Well, one of the first things people are told is that they're not eating "enough". That doesn't make it a fact. It's one of the trends on the boards, but repeating something and continuing to circulate it doesn't make it true.

You need to go by your own trial and error. If you are losing, you're eating an appropriate amount. If you're not losing or if you're gaining, you might want to keep a more accurate eye on things and make sure you are eating what you think you're eating. Keep in mind that people at different sizes and weights require different amount of calories to suit their personal metabolism, age, medical conditions, etc. So it doesn't matter to me if some people say they can lose on 1600 calories a day and maintain on 2000. That has nothing whatsoever to do with me. Other people might say they feel like they are starving on 1200 calories. I find that to be a totally comfortable and generous amount of low carb food. It's personal.

Trust your own experience, not calculators or formulas.

Thank you for your great post Peanutte. I do need to trust my own experience.

idioglossic 08-18-2013 05:34 AM

I never eat if not hungry. Food is fuel, not entertainment. Also why make a mess in the kitchen if I am not hungry??? :)

Olive 08-18-2013 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Chuck41 (Post 16557478)
Not hungry til noon, I don't eat til noon. Not hungry all day, different story! LC is not a "fast" and I don't think a long term fast is a good thing. However, nobody ever died from missing a couple meals, or even going a couple days without eating.

If I force myself to eat three meals a day when I am not hungry, I don't lose. Drink lots of water and follow your body's cues about when to eat, but don't allow your body to go into a starvation mode. It won't hurt to miss a meal occasionally, but if you don't have as much energy as usual, you need to adjust something. Might need a bit of salt, or a good LC meal or snack or both.

I usually don't get hungry until noon or later and have learned to not eat "by the clock". Often one meal in mid-afternoon and a small snack or so in the evening seems to work best for me. YMMV.

I so agree with this. There's nothing wrong with not eating breakfast if you're just not hungry. Plus "forcing" yourself to eat any time of day is extremely unpleasant IMO. Would rather wait it out and really relish my bunless bacon cheeseburger when I'm finally hungry.

SKaren 08-18-2013 10:22 AM

Praise God! lol


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