I exercise frequently: running, cycling, football at least 5 days a week.
However, I have a sizable gut. This is due to a few factors: I sit all day at work, high calorie intake from soft drink and other junk food (usually on the weekends for lunch, not every day), Aussie love of beer. I think I only need to lose about 5 - 8 kg.
In the past week or so I have cut out the soft drink, beer and cut out junk food on weekends. However, from day one that I stopped drinking soft drink and my daily beer with my evening meal I noticed that I am voraciously hungry. I have been eating almost two evening meals because I am so hungry.
I may be way off the mark, but my assumption is the body is trying to compensate for the calories it is loosing from me dropping the soft drinks.
Now I'm confused as to what I should be doing. It seems counterproductive for me to eat more food while I am trying to lose weight, but I'm just so damn hungry.
Here is a typical before and after of what I have removed and what I have added to give you some indication of what I am eating to compensate:
- Equivalent of 2 cans of coke per day
- 1 beer per day
- Added 1x spoonfull of sugar to my breakfast cereal
- 2 extra pieces of fruit (banana, orange, pear, apple etc.)
- Extra medium serve of rice with boiled vegetables approx. 1 hour after my evening meal
- Extra slice of bread or plain biscuits or handful of nuts
My diet is otherwise pretty healthy: plenty of fruit, veg and water
It seems I have just replaced calorie for calorie with better options, but am I going to lose weight in this way?
Is there anything that can be described as high energy low calorie food that I would be better eating instead? I prefer something non-processed (no shakes, energy bars etc.)