Greeting Fruity Friends!
Quick question. I'd say about once or twice a week, I get this feeling from about 4:00pm on till I decide to call it a night where I am just constantly hungry. As an example, I got off work at 2:45pm and then headed to the gym for a hour or so. Did some stretching, rode the bike for 25 minutes and then did some circuit training. Nothing crazy. I got home at about 5:00 and had 1lb. of Strawberries. About a hour later I was craving some dates so I pulled the container out and ended up eating 40. (yikes). I called that dinner but then at about 8:30 I was feeling like something really juicy so I ate some cherries, maybe 10 or 15. Now its 10:15 and I really could go for some fresh OJ or some watermelon! Mind you, over this period from being done with the gym to now, I've had 12 oz. Coconut water and right around 3L of water so dehydration isn't a issue.
What is the deal? I feel like I could eat non stop and never end up hungry!
What were your total calories for the day?
Hmmm. Not sure.
5AM: 1/2 a watermelon and 50ounces of water.
9AM: 1 banana and 1 cup of grapes
12PM: 1 cup of grapes
1:30PM: 5 navel oranges and 3 cups of grapes tossed in cinnamon
5PM: 1lb of strawberries
6:15PM: 40 dates medjool but semi small. not any really large ones.
8:30PM: 15 cherries
I'd guesstimate you're around 3000-3200 cals for that day (making a few assumptions). You'll do yourself a favor to start tracking calories using cronometer.
So, while we'd need more info to get more specific, I can site one thing right off the top:
Definitely try to eat more: (I would've went for the OJ hardcore!). The main problem I see with your consumption here is that at 5pm you had only consumed, say, 1500 calories, and during that time you expended a good deal of energy working out. That's definitely going to send your body into seeking calories asap! 1lb of strawberries simply isn't enough after a workout. After exerting your muscles your body needs more to work with. Try getting into two habits:
1) get in more calories (2000-2500+) prior to your evening workout.
2) get in some good cals soon after the workout. Try a banana/date smoothie or something, but get in another 1000 cals if you can. The rule is: fuel up to thrive!
Another thing to consider is adding in greens. Ending the day with a giant salad will not only satiate you, it'll add much needed nutrients that your body may be looking for, given what you're eating in this example.
I can say unequivocally, that until the dates, you were definitely undercarbed on this particular day, and likely were even after the dates. Try to work on upping your overall quantity. Many of us find that if we haven't gotten enough cals during the first half of the day, the second half becomes an uphill battle playing catch-up, and that's exactly what I feel you were experiencing.
Hope that helps, as a starter.
Try to catch earlier nights! I try to be in bed by at least 9:30.
It seems to me that you are eating only a third of your calories in the first 12 hours and the other two-thirds in just 3 or 4 hours. I know if I eat lightly during my busy days, I never feel satisfied at night no matter the volume I eat. Plus, your end of the day calories came from less filling food (dates), which probably isn't giving you quite the same fullness levels. Perhaps you should reverse all of that - eat the dates in the morning after your melon and then eat your grapes, berries and oranges in the afternoon and evening. Just a thought.
if you are worried about getting fat. dont be, cause you never will on this diet. Eat Eat Eat till your tummys content. Never restrict your calories, and eat whenever you are hungry.