Turning off the hunger
July 5, 2012 3:19 PM Subscribe
How can I turn off my hunger when I'm getting good nutrition and my stomach isn't empty?
posted by lemoncakeisalie to health & fitness (44 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in a theatre show and very serious about looking accurate for my character. I'm on a diet of about 1200 calories a day and moderate exercise to lose about 2-3 pounds per week leading up to the show. I'm mildly overweight (5'6" slightly bottom-heavy hourglass/T&S skittle, started at a muscular and curvy, 170 pounds, ~40-31-42).
I've lost half a jeans size (no weight, though - I've gained muscle). My stomach is full of things like dark green salads. I take a multivitamin. I drink enough water. I'm getting enough fat. I'm getting enough protein. I'm limited carbs to whole grains (mostly oatmeal). But I'm still mildly to moderately hungry almost all the time. It's as if I've hit the point where my fat cells are just pumping out ghrelin and cackling maliciously. My muscles feel sore for days after my workouts, and I'm rather tired, too. Perhaps it's just my willpower.
I have a deadline in the form of the show, which starts the beginning of August. Is there anything I can do to curb this, or do I just "be present with it" or something? I still feel like I'm losing fat, but is my metabolism slowing?