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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-25-11, 08:28 AM   #1
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Odd..

So I am 18 years old, 298Lbs and quite muscular, I go to the gym four days a week (I commute by bicycle to get there), and on the off days I cycle. I meet my recommended calorie intake through clean foods like vegetables, proteins, and fruit. But lately I have had a HUGE hunger spike, along with a spike in my sexual drive, and mood swings. The part that kills me is the hunger spike.

What is this, and what can I do to cure my increased appetite? I tried eating more and that didn't work. I also tried spreading out my meals more and than I already have and vice-versa, and that did work. Seriously, I am hungry all the time and it is starting to get on my nerves. Also, I find myself extremely energetic and eager to do some sort of physical activity, but later during the day I feel sluggish and tired.

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• I am 5'11
• I have been pursuing my weight loss goal since October. I was 320, and I am now 298.
• I do 30 minutes of cardio at the gym before I weight train.

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Old 12-25-11, 09:10 AM   #2
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The more muscle you build the more calories your body needs. Muscle feeds of the the calorie intake. That's what my nutritionists says anyways. Unfortunetely I don't know how you would stop the cravings. Also the more fat you lose the more the other things like sex drive is going to increase. Sorry I couldn't be of more help on how to stop being so hungry.
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Old 12-25-11, 09:36 AM   #3
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Try to increase your portion of protein to carbs.
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Old 12-25-11, 09:47 AM   #4
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I know there's a fad right now to avoid grains in the belief that 6000-11000 of years of eating grain is somehow responsible for the very recent (past 20 years) increase in obesity and diabetes, but it's possible you aren't getting enough nutrients without the odd bowl of oatmeal or brown rice now and then.
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I know there's a fad right now to avoid grains in the belief that 6000-11000 of years of eating grain is somehow responsible for the very recent (past 20 years) increase in obesity and diabetes, but it's possible you aren't getting enough nutrients without the odd bowl of oatmeal or brown rice now and then.
Yup. Complex carbs with protein at every meal, plus a fruit or vegetable.
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If your goal is weight loss then if you eat less than the amount of calories needed to sustain your current weight you likely will be hungry. You body is saying feed me whether or not you should eat.

There is some evidence that higher protein, lower carb diets may help curb appetite but the evidence is not conclusive and there may be individual variation. There is also evidence that higher fiber diets help reduce appetite. Try a big but low calorie salad before you eat a meal, it may help. Also, a very low fat diet can make a person hungry. However, there is a lot of dispute about how much fat is appropriate and it may depend on what else you are eating. Sorry, it is Christmas, I am not going to look up citations.

The jury is out as to whether smaller more frequent meals help. It seems to help more if you favor a lower fat, higher carb diet because people tend to be hungrier on those types of diets. If they help you, continue to do that.

Limit your weight loss to no more than 2 pounds a week, both to help with hunger and to help maintain muscle mass.

Exercise makes you hungry. But do it anyway because exercise is what will help you keep the weight off once you lose it and it is good for you.

For me, I found I got hungrier the more weight I lost. I am trying to adapt to learn to live with a strong drive to eat.

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Old 12-25-11, 02:39 PM   #7
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But lately I have had a HUGE hunger spike, along with a spike in my sexual drive, and mood swings. The part that kills me is the hunger spike.
I can understand not being bothered by a spike in your sex drive. (We were all 18 once.) And others are addressing your hunger problem. However, I have a question about the mood swings.... do you think they are related to your exercise or diet, or perhaps something else? 18 is a difficult time - you are figuring out your future, among many other things. Are you stressed? Stress can cause mood swings down and up, hinder or increase your sex drive, and, yes, cause you to overeat by making you think you are hungry. Perhaps you could speak to someone who could give you some counsel - at school, a friend of the family, a priest or pastor, or some other adult figure in your life?
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If it helps, this was the most amazing weight loss story I've ever run across. This guy lost 276 pounds in 382 days. It is on a gov website and apparently in the Guinness book of records.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2495396/

He did most of it as an outpatient at a hospital. He had the needed supplements, but didn't eat anything else.

The pdf from the study is difficult to read and has the start of another study at the bottom of it.
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There is nothing wrong with having a spike in your sex drive as long as you have someone to share it with .

As far as an increase in your hunger than others have mentioned more slow buring carbs like brown rice or oatmeal and adding some protein. Without knowing your current diet (as fas as what you eat and when), its hard to say what exactly to change. I do like hardboiled eggs myself. The combination of fat and protein helps to keep me satiated. I also like micellar casein as my protein source (usually as a suppliment).
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I suppose I am going to incorporate more complex carbs in my diet and see if that helps. I also schedule an appointment with the doctor so hopefully she can help.
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Perhaps change up what you eat all together. Sometimes a good change is key. Are you eating any grains at all? Any protein shakes?
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I can understand not being bothered by a spike in your sex drive. (We were all 18 once.) And others are addressing your hunger problem. However, I have a question about the mood swings.... do you think they are related to your exercise or diet, or perhaps something else? 18 is a difficult time - you are figuring out your future, among many other things. Are you stressed? Stress can cause mood swings down and up, hinder or increase your sex drive, and, yes, cause you to overeat by making you think you are hungry. Perhaps you could speak to someone who could give you some counsel - at school, a friend of the family, a priest or pastor, or some other adult figure in your life?
Good post, Neil! Our brains often trick us into "hungry" for a variety of reasons, some psychological, some to hide another physical need.
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Good post, Neil! Our brains often trick us into "hungry" for a variety of reasons, some psychological, some to hide another physical need.
And sometimes hungry is just hungry. But our brains are good at tricking us!
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