Went over my calorie limit today

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Well, it's the first time since starting SP on January 9, 2012 that I went over my calorie limit. By 180 calories. I was really hungry today. I was also very active today. Does being active make you more hungry? I did 30 minutes of strength training, 38 minutes of walking. We are cleaning out our garage so I spent about one hour on that today. And then went grocery shopping and cooked dinner. That's a lot of activity for me. Anyway, all the food I ate today was healthy food. It was just that after dinner (soup) I was still hungry so I tried to think of a low cal snack. I broiled some zucchini topped with shredded parmesan cheese. Problem was I was STILL hungry so I had some Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop Popcorn. That is what put me over my limit.

So what do you all do when you are still hungry?
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  • K1TT3N
    We all slip up some days and your doing great .. plus all the extra activity most likely made you hungrier than normal.
    3199 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    On days when I am really active, I'm usually more hungry than normal. When I am still hungry after a meal... like honestly stomach growling hungry... I eat. I'll usually drink a glass of water first to see if that helps, but if not then I try to find a filling snack that'll satisfy the hunger without putting me too far over my calories for the day. The trick is realizing the difference between real hunger and just the desire to eat... I sometimes have trouble separating the two.

    3201 days ago
    CEKER9 is right, if you did exercise that day, you can use those calories burned for extra calories for the day, although it isn't recommended, it's always nice to have that back up just in case you are feeling extra hungry on those days. its great that you stuck with healthy choices though!! that is a definite plus! you are on the right track for a lifetime of health!! emoticon
    3201 days ago
  • CEKER9
    I know when I was with WeightWatchers that if you did over a certain amount of exercise or intensity of exercise, you were allowed more food points. And I've also heard of people on the calorie type diet say that if they did so much exercise that they were allowed more calories. There must be some kind of trade off for more food for more exercise.

    I think you made *very* good choices even if you went over! I'm never that good... I usually crave bread and butter and cave. I try not to get hungry. I do know if I eat some protein (such as a hard boiled egg, a handful of nuts, or string cheese) before I exercise as a "planned" snack, I don't get hungry after a workout. The protein is what helps me get through the extended exercise... if I eat anything else it doesn't help.

    You're doing well, keep it up!!!
    3201 days ago
    Yes I get hungry if my workout is more intense than usual. That is another perk of exercising. The more you do, the more you CAN eat. If I feel hungry, I start with water, wait, then eat something if I am still hungry. emoticon
    3203 days ago
    I think you're fine. You were hungry and instead of making bad choices you thought about it and ate good things. The point isn't to be hungry - that's not sustainable. The point is to eat thoughtfully, and you did great!

    And yes, more activity will make you hungry, though usually it takes a pretty drastic uptick in activity and I find it's the day after (so keep an eye on today!)
    3204 days ago
  • RIGEIN24
    I forgot one other tip that gets thrown around a lot: drink some water if you feel hungry and you're already over your calorie limit
    3204 days ago
  • RIGEIN24
    I've been doing more exercise than my usual routine and I actually got so hungry today my hands were shaking a bit. So it could be true the more active you are, the more hungry you feel. I think it's just a result of your body needing the extra energy. So, if you did more than you're used to, your body could be reacting to the change.

    I still stand by the philosophy that if you feel a real need to eat you should listen to your body and do it. Did you feel satisfied after those snacks? I noticed you didn't mention just spiraling out of control on an eating binge so that's good. This could be just a "one time" thing, maybe next workout you won't be so hungry. If it does happen you could try doing something else to occupy your mind, maybe do a relaxing hobby of yours? Or maybe just journal-ing how you feel at the time.

    I still think it's not too bad if you ate something healthy and only went over by 180 cals. And you are staying active :) All good things.
    3204 days ago
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