The same thing happened to me. I did great my first week - no hunger, no cravings, no urge to cheat, NOTHING! But the he first day of week 2 I was consumed by hunger, cravings the urge to eat everything in site! All I could think about was when I could eat again. I was really concerned I wasn't going to make it on this diet. Well I'm still here! The hunger/cravings lasted 4 LONG days then it was gone and I haven't had that problem since. Hopefully, it will pass quickly for you as well. Just keep focused and you'll be fine!..
Could your TOM be on it's way? I get very hungry around my TOM, and then when it's over I am back to not feeling hungry, like usual on MF...
I am still getting the starving feeling sometimes.. and I am in Week 6 ( although officially Week 4, since I had to take time off thinking I was verrry allergic to soy). I have consumed an extra 2 Medifast meals, and have some chicken breasts. This is only around my TOM, but I figure at least extra Medifast meals and not " real food", which I would totally binge on still, and chicken helps since the carbs are so lo..
Good luck, and if you find some tips.. post em, I'm curious!..
I just started so I am no expert, but I had tofu ready in the fridge in case I felt super hungry. you can have so much of it, and I love it. totally helped me get through my first "i'm starving" day!..
It does get better. I'm on it about 5 weeks now. I remember thinking at times I don't know how I am going to do this! I felt a bit like I was in prision - watching the clock, waiting for the rations to be given to me, because that's what it felt like!!!! I am sitll hungry alot of the time, but I feel I am commited to this and it is doable, and I'm doing it because I believe it's keeping me mentally healthy, respectable, accountable, and working towards that physical goal..
I hate to say it, but I do know that when I take a full bottle of water with my bar, I am much fuller!.
Hang on, and look at others pictures for motivation. It's not an easy journey, but you are totally worth it!..
For me that feeling of starving comes and goes. I can go two months and never be hungry or crave anything, then boom, two days of starving (ToM is not a factor for me). The thing I've found helps is extra water, chew gum or go for a walk when I think I'm going to reach for the frig. Sometimes I'll eat the optional snack, usually celery, but I do try not to use the snack option.
Key thing is, stick to the plan. The plan works and you can power through these days. Take a walk, chew gum, keep busy. Whatever it takes. Wear hungry like a badge of courage! You're losing and you're doing what's going to make you healthy. Hungry is good if it means losses! You can do it...
I did really well my first 2 days and I thought to myself....I'm eating all the time, this diet plan is GREAT! Then on day 4 it hit me - I was starving and I thought there is no way I can do this. Let me assure you, it does get better. Just hand in there. I have completed one month now and lost 12 pounds. I did have a cheat my 2nd week but I picked myself back up and got back on plan. Now it is just routine.
If you get through this tough 2nd week, your golden. Hope this helps!..
GOOD MORNING ! HANG IN THERE HUN !! I HAVE HEARD THAT WHEN U GET SUPER HUNGRY THAT U ARE HEADED FOR A BIG, I MEAN HUGE, LOSS........BEEN OP FOR 3 MONTHS AND DOWN 42.5, SO IT IS VERY MUCH WORTH SUFFERING THRU THE BAD TIMES.........GUZZLE WATER,LOTS OF WATER AND DISTRACT URSELF. MY 4TH DAY AND 11 TH DAY WERE ESP BADSINCE THEN IT IS JUST HERE AND THERE. MY BODY SEEMS TO LET ME KNO WHEN IT NEEDS FUEL AND HAS ADJUSTED TO NOT BEING STUFFED ALL THE TIME !! GREAT FEELING...................KNO THAT WE ALL HAVE RUFF SPOTSU ARE NOT ALONE !! STAY ON BOARDS FOR SUPPORT AND PRAY ALOT !!!!! LUV AND LUCK TO U HUN............
Thanks all! Your notes were very helpful. TOM could be a factor..I'm getting close to that.. and I'm happy to report that this morning (at least for now) I'm feeling much better and not starving. It's good to know there are a few days that may feel really terrible but that they WILL go away and that others out there have felt this way and continued on. Thanks so much everyone! Weight in is tomorrow....thinking good thoughts.....
I just started the program and I am on my 6th day and I'm starving. So, I looked up discussions and came across this one and I will tell you that all the comments and encourgagement helps so much! I will get thru this cause I am so determined to lose this weight. I was on Medifast back in 2007 for a total of 3 months and lost over 50lbs. unfortunetley I didn't stick to a maintenence plan and have gained about 30lbs back over the few years. I know Medifast works. The only slight concern I have is I am a breast cancer survivor and soy products are something they say to avoid..
I only plan to use it for a month, only because I am concerned about the soy..
Anyway, good luck to all....
I keep a cucumber in the fridge and cut some up when I get hungry in between meals and then just count it towards my green. It works great. (or a little bit of celery - I think you can count that as a snack...)..
Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow! I know you'll do great!..
I am in my 12th week and I still have this feeling come and go. Sometimes it is in line with TOM and sometimes not. I don't have any additional snack items often but I do keep dill pickles in the fridge for days when I am just plain hungry..
I have also played with my meal times and for me the hungries stay at bay best when I have my 5 Medifast between 8-4 and my L&G around 6. Then I am done eating for the night. If I want a little something I have hot tea...
This is soooo normal. The amazing thing about this program (for me) is that my hunger and cravings completely disappear. The feeling is such a relief since, when I am not on MF, I have an "empty hole" that is never fulfilled with constant cravings for sweets. But every now and then (and it seems random) I will have a day when I am really hungry. Yesterday was one of those days. I really like the answer someone gave above that said it probably signals that your body is releasing weight.
If it is really bad, I will eat an extra Medifast meal (which is what they tell you to do in those rare times) but it only happens rarely. The other thing I have done is scramble an egg in spray butter but that is not OP and so don't do what I do. :-) But this solution doesn't add extra carbs and I need to keep my carbs on the lower end of things because I am a REALLY slow loser. The other posters are absolutely right though to say that "this too shall pass" and it only happens rarely. But when it does, it is a good sign...
Sunshine- Congratulations on being a breast cancer survivor!!.
There are a few items that don't have soy in them, and there is a link on the main page (I will see if I can find it) to breakdown all possible allergies- they have dairy- soy-whey, etc. So you can look at that and see if the non soy products work for you. From the top of my head, the cocoa, chai tea, and cream of- soups are soy free ( I think the cream soups they say have miniscule amounts, though)..
I hope this helps- and good luck on your journey!!..