Did you know dieting can really unleash The Hunger? The kind of hunger that causes you to contemplate what to have for dinner while you’re eating breakfast. The kind of hunger where you have to do something (ANYTHING) with your time and your hands to keep from rushing the kitchen and devouring an entire loaf of bread in 15 seconds flat. The kind of hunger that has you dreaming of food, Googling food, talking about food. Dieting makes one very, very hungry, and right now I’m both. Dieting. And hungry.
I’ll never forget reading a post by Amanda at Kicky Boots last November when she talked about how ridiculously unfair it is to be both fat and hungry. If you’re fat but indulging in the yummiest of foods, there’s give and take there. Sure, you don’t feel your best but mmm, baked goods. If you’re thin but dieting, well, at least you look good in your cute, skinny clothes. Again, give and take. But fat + hungry = CRUEL. And that’s absolutely where I am right now. Overweight and not indulging. Depriving but still squishy all over. It’s … man, it’s tough.
It’s during this weight-loss and ravenously-hungry time when the cravings are the worst for me. When I’m thin and eating healthy or even overweight and not watching what I eat, I’m sort of ingesting a variety of foods, but am never all that obsessed with anything. Yet, when I’m at the beginning of a weight-loss phase, the cravings are worse than ever, worse than when I was pregnant even. I crave not just a certain type of food, I crave ALL food ALL the time. It’s not as bad during the week. I’m at work and can usually keep those cravings at bay by staying busy or not keeping food at arm’s length, but when I get home from work and on the weekends, I’m surrounded by a kitchen stocked with food, and even though we don’t keep many processed, bad-for-you snacks in the house, I’ll eye longingly at just about anything edible. Things such as year-old Easter candy and random cans of soup I would never touch otherwise.
You can imagine that this hunger and these cravings can really try to thwart one’s desire to shed some weight. You can imagine how kind of sad it becomes when you’re going to the bathroom at 3 a.m. and you start to think late-night baking is a fabulous idea. Sure, I’m exhausted and should be sleeping but, hey, what if I just make one pan of brownies?
Thankfully, I resist more than I succumb, but what do YOU do about similar cravings? How do you distract yourself and quiet the stomach rumblings? Do you snack on healthier, low-calorie options (and WHAT, please divulge) or do you take up knitting? Do you clear the kitchen of any and all temptations (even the foods that lean towards good-for-you) or do you begin building an iron will? Any and all suggestions welcome. I could really use some support to get me through these first few weeks of weight loss, when the scale isn’t dropping as quickly as I’d like but the cravings are more ferocious than ever.