Can't Stay Full?
Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:01 AM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:09 PM
It sounds like you have stretched your stomach by eating to the limit all the time. As far as I know the only way to handle it is to do what you're doing, break the bad habit of eating to the limit. All the tricks you have, water before meals, bigger portions of low-cal veggies, extra fiber, hot tea after meals, are all helpful. I bet you are just trying to cut back too far, too fast. A lot of people try to diet very aggressively and then end up hungry and frustrated, rather than taking baby steps. Even worse, you kick your metabolism into starvation mode and the weight stays more stubbornly than ever.
Figure out what you usually eat. You may want to measure or take a snapshot to get a visual idea, mostly so you don't fool yourself. Then dish out your usual plate and remove a small amount of food. Just enough so you'll barely miss it, like 10%. You will not get quite the "ate to the limit" feeling you're looking for and you will have to remind yourself that you should never feel "ate to the limit" and you are breaking a bad habit. A small cutback like 10% should not leave you hungry and miserable though. You may have to do things that feel weird like throw away 10% of an egg or cut a sliver off your toast and discard it; do what is necessary because weight loss is a worthwhile goal.
Once you're used to the ever so slightly smaller portion in a couple weeks, take away 10% more, until you've gently eased down to the size meal you feel like is reasonable. Don't aim to have normal portions in a week; aim to have normal portions in three months. It will be much easier.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:51 PM
It's almost impossible to eat less all at once but not so hard to gently ease your portions back down to reasonable sizes.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:51 PM
Now I know why I've always preferred high fat sweets - lots of fat to slow down the sugar which I need to reverse the hypo. I also figured out sugar binges cause a hypo episode - so I have really cut down on sugar and rarely eat it (and in extreme moderation).
Probable Endometriosis, in remission from childbirth since 2002.
Hashimoto's DX 2005.
Gluten-Free since 6/2011.
DH (and therefore Celiac) dx from ND.
Responsive to iodine withdrawal for DH (see quote, above).
Genetic tests reveal half DQ2, half DQ8 - I'm a weird bird!
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