Hello, I am currently in week 9 on my first challenge. I have noticed for the last week and bit that I feel more hungry. I have even woken up in the middle of the night and find I need to have something (usually half a protien bar). I am following the portions pretty closely, but am now wondering if I should perhaps increase them? I am following all the workouts and usually end up doing extra cardio during the week. I am wondering if this is a sign my metabolism has kicked up? Hope that tis he case. Is this normal? any advise on how to handle? Thank you!
In my experince this is normal around week 9 or 10. (it was week 10 for me. The cravings that hit me were huge) What can happen is as you lean out and force your body to begin to tap into the last stores of body fat your body resists. No!, it cries, we need that fat to survive! Your body doesn't know you are going to keep feeding it the BFL way so it is okay to let go of the remaining fat.
This is one possibility anyway.
I would stick to the plan as written. I know in BFL we shouldn't be hungry but I remember, just for that one week, I had weird cravings for all kinds of food. Looking back it wasn't that I was hungry necessarily but that I was losing body fat.
I am interested to hear some different takes on this.
More importantly congrats on making it to week 9!!!!! Way to go!!! Keep going!! You will be successful!
If you still have quite a bit of body fat to shed, I'd say change your last meal of the day to LF cottage cheese and see if that doesn't curb the night time hunger. Also consider increasing your protein by 25% until you are back to the 2.5-3 hour mark. Your body is now in the full fat burning stage and you don't want to stall it. Stay the course and make sure you are getting plenty of rest and water. These next few weeks are not easy, but they are doable.
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right ~ Henry Ford
Michelle Simpson ~2009 Body-for-LIFE Champion 46+ Catagory
This post was a good one from BFLMike too.
BFLMIKES’ WISDOM ONCE AGAIN!
THE LAST 3 OR 4 WEEKS!…………NOTE TO SELF–AND OTHERS!
As you approach the last 3 or 4 weeks of your challenge, you will be met by many conflicting emotions and events! Here’s what is "likely" to happen if you have been working hard and dieting consistently. (If you haven’t been working hard and dieting consistently you’re probably not reading this and not even trying anymore anyway!):
1. Tired..First of all, you’re going to be a bit tired, even after a weekend of light activity and reasonable eating. Bottom line is that a 12 week all out transformation takes a toll on both body and mind, and right now the body is beginning to signal that it is getting leaner and that it isn’t recovering fully from the beating you are giving it.
While this could turn into an overtraining effect if it continued for another 8 weeks, keep in mind you have at most 4 weeks to go and this is the reward time. Force yourself to get a little more rest, even a nap if you can work it in, but DON’T cut back on the workout intensity. This is when muscles start popping out, striations and tendon inserts show up, and you begin to look like that poster or that photo you’ve been dreaming about! Completing a winning transformation takes lots of strength and stamina, and this is when you need it most!
When you’re going through Hell, keep going!
2. Emotions can really be on edge….. It can be almost like 4 solid weeks of PMS for some ladies! So, guys, if you’re reading this and your significant other is in week 8, it might be time to stock the bomb shelter or man cave with more beer and Diehard movies!
3. Others will notice the very serious changes…. and they often kick into overdrive their efforts to "stop the madness" because your new appearance threatens them or requires them to think about why it is that they are not changing
4. Hungry…..You will definitely feel a need for more food than in the past. You will be experiencing true hunger after two hours instead of around three hours as before. Depending on your leanness levels and goals you will want to choose either to ignore the hunger and eat the same schedule, if you are still needing to lose scale weight, or to add in about 20% more protein per meal if you are wanting to continue to grow or preserve muscle and are near the leanness level you want.
I promise you that the next and last four weeks will not be easy. In fact, it will be very hard. But this is clearly no time to quit–you can practically see the finish line from here.
Do what champions do, and literally force that flesh to do what you want it to. The body always thinks it’s going to die and tries to send all these "stop" messages to the brain.
The disciplined mind will take those whiney messages for what they are worth and will step it up to the very end!
this is my first post on the forum. after reading the above replies i just had to comment.
i thought i was going crazy feeling more and more hungry after week 10. I'm actually now in week twelve and reading your post "LEGS" it has just motivated me to push through these final last days. I have to say, it has not been easy to come this far, I've had millions of ups and downs but as I see the differences in my body I just keep pushing and motivating myself more and more.
It's improved my life in so many different ways and even the lives of the people around me.
so good luck with the last few weeks, you will definitely feel like a champion at the end.
Something that keeps bothering me though is the fact that now that im in the last few days of the challenge im not so sure what to do when its done. im just so scared that i will fall back into my old rut of bad habits, do i start another challenge? do i keep taking supplements what do i do?
if you can give me any suggestions that would be amazing!!
The last two weeks I was STARVING! I felt like I couldnt' get enough to eat. I just tried to make good food choices. Every night, I had a low-carb protein shake before bed, and it got me through the night.
"The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday!"
I am just finishing up my first week of AR, and I did go a little crazy on the food this week; it was like everyday was a free day. I picked up my "after" pictures on Friday, and seeing all the hard work made me realize I never want to go back to where I was. I am personally not going to start an official challenge, since I met my goals during this one. BUT, I will continue to eat the BFL way and do high intensity cardio and lift heavy. I will probably do a second challenge the end of December. Many of the people I did this challenge with are starting a new challenge on 11/22. They are an amazing group of people and I highly encourage you to join up on their thread if you decide to do another one. They will be starting up that thread sometime this week, I am sure.
Best of luck to you going forward.
Suzanne0 - dont be afraid. Stay connected with the forum and by all means PLEASE keep asking questions. You are never alone on this journey. Ever.
I just happened to read this thread, I forgot I posted here....I stay on the Coffee Crew mostly for that reason alone. I forget where I have been!
Keep moving forward. Your challenge days are numbered for a reason. :)
P.S Suzanne - we "get it" here...we have all been scared on day 85. :)
It is part of the transformation and you WILL succeed.
As time went on I became much more hungry, there's no way I could ignore it as hard as I tried, I felt absolutely starving! I'd also upped the weights so...I ate more food and the weight still came off, actually it seemed to push it in to losing again at one point when I hit a plateau.
I am maintaining now but when I was still losing I had a protein drink or something right before I went to bed...I'd been waking up in the middle of the night starving!....this had no effect on my losing weight and i got to sleep...ahhhhh :)
The one thing I will tell that I've learned is....eating more = you will still lose weight, you don't have to be hungry, it's amazing.
Hmm, this is a great thread as I have been experiencing this starting this week too (I'm in week 9).
So if I still want to lean out, should I just push through that hunger? I'm planning on upping my water for sure. Seems like people have had different experiences. Maybe I'll add a low carb protein shake if things are unbearable but otherwise just try and drink water when I get hungry between meals. It's not out of control right now but I feel it mounting for sure.
I am now in week 12 and have somewhat made it past the "hunger" now. I have not really been losing weight, but feel I have gained a lot of muscle. Right now the issue is the feeling of exhaustion during my workouts. Hope this is normal. I finish my first cycle on Friday and plan on taking it easy until January when I plan on cycle 2.
I found legs posting very helpful, and they are not kidding about the moodiness. Thank goddness by b/f was doing the program with me so he could understand! I found eating protien or an orange helped when I was feeling really hungry. I still get that hungry feeling, buts it is not as strong as it was in week 9! Good luck everyone!
Yikes, I don't want to be moody. I feel like I just got to that "happy" place. Why do you all think that happens? is it just another way of your body trying to force you to eat?
Thank you so much for your tips and comments. it definitely makes me feel better and more secure. I've also had this urge to eat everything i see but i have controlled that urge and now i just have a snack in the evening. i plan on doing another challenge beginning next year. Think I will take a break for now. but i will not stop exercising and eating right i'm just going to stop using supplements for now, i'm so used to eating right now that I don't even think about it anymore, I've gotten so used to packing my meals for work every morning it would be weird if I didn't. i also decided that i am not going to enter the official competition, but I am amazed at the result i see every morning in the mirror and that keeps me motivated more than everything else. I've also still got my old before photos on my fridge, they do help a lot when i get a major craving. and i've realized my mood swings have also straightened out. I'm more in a good mood these days and have so much more energy.
I hope you all have an amazing day and keep strong. in the end its all worth it
I have found that drinking water even when I am not thirsty, and drinking a sip or two of sweetened fruit squash takes the edge off. If it is craving. When I am really hungry I "binge" on home-made mushroom soup that is nothing but blended mushrooms cooked with onions and water. You can make your own back-up low-calorie food when you are really hungry. Shirataki is a good filler and has no calories or sugar or fat.
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