Love your site BTW. Question for ya: I recently started my weightloss journey and I’ve been going hard and heavy for about a month. The issue is, I am WAY more hungry than I ever have been. I feel like snacking all day long! I don’t want to ruin my progress so I usually settle for water. My question is, why am I so hungry? Bonus question: Should I eat when I am hungry or continue with water?
Congrats on your healthy journey. Without seeing what you’re eating each day, I have to ask, are you getting enough protein? If you would say “I get it from my food”, I’d say you’re definitely not. You need more protein for your body than you can get from food (eating within 2000 calories or under) if you’re working out “hard and heavy”. I’d recommend a whey protein (or soy if you’re animal free) to take within 30 minutes of your exercise. All in all, you need .8g of protein per pound of bodyweight per day to maintain proper muscle mass. Try also eating an apple or some healthy carbs with fiber within the 30 minute post-workout window too. If you’re eating three meals per day, try also increasing that to 4-5 meals per day and divide your portions up to fit those lunch periods. Don’t cut back on water, but you shouldn’t be drinking more than a gallon per day anyway. You’re hungry because of two reasons: (A) your activity is stimulating your metabolism and your body is using what you eat more efficiently and (B) you may have changed your eating habits and your body is still getting used to the calorie expenditure versus the old way (meaning, you’re burning more but eating less and your body isn’t used to it).
Hopefully, spreading out your portions, increasing your protein and fiber intake, and giving yourself more “meal” times will help. Feel free to let me know how it goes after you try it for a month or so.