So somehow I completely missed the 'negative' calorie part of your first post. No wonder you're starving for your larger meals, because, as you said, you're eating to full at those meals, then snacking between. Well, the problem is that instead of stoking your metabolism with your snacks/small meals, you're just eating filler that doesn't provide you with any added calories. Kimmie, you have to remember that you're working now, not just changing your diet, your body needs fuel.
Try some things like homemade trail mix, heavy on almonds, bananas & almond butter, or any combination of fruits & nuts you like. If you add nutrient dense foods in between meals, it'll be easier to keep energy levels up, and avoid hunger.
All the input makes perfect sense! I guess I'm so afraid of gaining / putting back on the weight... that I scare easily when it comes to higher calorie / higher fat content foods. 2 years ago I had blood work done and my cholestrol/triglycerides (sp?) were off the charts. They gave me a list of things to not eat, and damn near every kind of nut, pork, etc. imaginable was on the list, but I've heard several mentions of almonds, etc. I think it's time to get new blood work done for one. And to quit being so afraid of food since I am working it off.
Fobra, you too have given great insight (as well as all the other folks
) I'm sure my metabolism is far from freightrain status, I'm just glad that it's not stagnant like it was before. I don't like to workout on an empty stomach, so I TRY to have a protein drink and small bowl of cereal (kashi) or SOMETHING before hand, but more often than not, anything consumed prior to exercies makes me ill during my workout
There's nothing worse than having to stop exercise so you can go barf. LOL!!! I think I'll try the protein drink mixed with less water to get what I need without making myself sick then eat within a half hour or so of my return home. Is that counter productive to do that? I guess I could just see how I feel and go from there LOL!!
I hate being so naive to all this, but I'm willing to give anything a shot! This morning I had my protein shake before I did my workout. When I finished getting ready for work, I sat down to an egg white omlet with onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and laughing cow swiss cheese wedge melted in... and I'm still full!!! That just proves Ross' input about putting more fuel in the body to keep the motor running.
I'm still losing fat all over. Today I put on a pair of pants I couldn't zip up 5 months ago and I can pull them off without unbuttoning or unzipping. YAY!!