Around July 4, I decided, at my doctor's advice, to start counting calories. I try to keep my calories under 2000 a day, somewhere between 1500-1700. As my doctor told me, the equation is still calories in versus calories out.
I used to run. I ran for two years. Didn't lose weight. My doctor finally told me it is because running is incompatible with calorie reduction: You have to have calories to run. And running makes you hungrier.
So, I switched to yoga and walking. And I love it!
I don't starve myself. Here is a semi-typical day of eating for me:
1) Three egg whites and one cup of chopped vegetables cooked into an omelette (no cheese, sigh), with salsa on top.
2) Spinach salad (with dressing, low fat preferably), with other veggies and either hard-boiled egg or grilled chicken.
3) Fish for dinner with salad, or steamed veggies, edamame.
Snacks: Edamame, smart pop popcorn, fruit, a handful of almonds (and I don't love them, so I don't go nuts over the almonds LOL).
I also drink 2 quarts of water a day.
The thing is? I am still hungry nearly all the time. Maybe not a gnawing hunger, but I am never full. I am dealing with it because I want to meet my goals and I know that as my body changes, this will change too.
I also know that I am approaching this in a healthy way and not starving my body.
But has anybody else noticed that to meet your goals, you have to deal with a certain sense of hunger?