August 6, 2012 3:00 PM Subscribe
Sick and tired of being hungry, and would love to hear from anyone who has had this same struggle and eventually figured out what was going on / what to do about it. (Anonymous b/c of medical information given inside.)
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (20 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Can't remember when it started, but for at least the past several years I've been hungry almost all the time. This is whether I'm dieting or not, working out or not, etc. When I diet, I count calories, but feel like I am always getting plenty of calories (at least 1500 calories daily--for a female weighing 160 pounds) and enough fiber/protein/fat/bulk etc.
(Really don't want suggestions to eat a handful of nuts, drink lots of water, etc. as I'm already doing these things or have done them without it solving the problem. I'm planning to finally consult a nutritionist but I believe they'll be pretty pleased with what I'm doing already.)
More info: I have the energy for 4-5 hard workouts a week. I'm sleeping well, though of course should try to get a bit more (8 or 9 hours instead of 7--I am much happier with a generous helping of sleep). At 165 pounds I'm slightly overweight but not significantly overweight (I'm 5'6 and muscular).
This certainly got worse (i.e. the hunger pangs escalated) when I went on an SSRI--for anxiety not depression--about a year and a half ago, with the happy bonus--sarcasm--of gaining 23 pounds within the span of a few months while I was eating-when-hungry but not counting/restricting calories. Since then I've been counting calories to try to get to the weight I'd really like to be at--140 or 145--while I still have a twenty-something's metabolism, but am finding it extremely difficult and unpleasant because of the hunger. The feelings of hunger that are uncomfortable some days and almost painful--certainly distracting--other days (occasionally bringing me to the point of tears).
[In case I sound crazy for dieting under these circumstances, it is worth pointing out that I find the difference between feeling hungry on 1550 calories is not that far off from feeling hungry on 1750 calories or even the hunger I felt consuming 2300 calories (estimated retroactively) during my adjustment to the new SSRI. Painfully hungry is painfully hungry, and I'd much rather feel good about my body and in control of my weight gain/loss while being hungry than not.]
As I've said, I'm planning on finally breaking down and consulting a nutritionist to see if they have any suggestions, but would love to hear from anyone that has had similar struggles which they felt were for inexplicable reasons until they finally figured it out. Thanks!