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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Good tips! I especially like your snack suggestions. Avocado and nuts really help me when I’m very hungry. I find that I get a lot more hungry when I do a lot of cardio. For example, when I go for a long, strenuous hike, I get extremely hungry. Planning a snack ahead of time, really helps.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s all about finding what works. For me, bananas make me hungrier, but avocado fills me up fast. Finding what worked for me took a LONG time.

  2. Roz@weightingfor50

    Awesome response Lisa. Thanks so much!!
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  3. Leah

    I was just reading in NROL for Abs how bad it is to ignore hunger cues. Lou is a huge proponent of having a small snack. That said, I think it is important to recognize true hunger cues as opposed to boredom eating or thirst. I usually try a bunch of water and if that doesn’t do it, I’ll go for a handful of raw almonds. (He also says meals should hold you over for 4 hours, and snacks for 2 hours, and you really shouldn’t go longer without eating.)
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Definitely don’t starve yourself. I do something similar. I drink a lot of water and then if I am still hungry, I eat something!

  4. Biz

    This is a great post Lisa. I agree, when you don’t know how many calories you are eating in a day, only to find out its 4000 to go down to 1600 – 2000 – your body is like WTF?!

    On days I work out twice (30 minutes at lunch, 45-60 at night) I eat around 2100 calories. On days I only workout out once, its around 1800 and the days I rest, 1500. Since I take insulin every time I eat something I rarely snack, who wants to take another shot? So my meals are big and keep me satisfied. I also try to get my ratio 40% carbs, 30% fat and 30% protein. Not all days are perfect but I’ve been doing this since June 1 and I’ve lost 14 pounds – can’t remember the last time I lost weight in the summer because usually I have my bottle of wine and cheese every night after work!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I didn’t even think about diabetics! Yes, thanks for pointing that out. If you have to take insulin every time you eat something….I wouldn’t want to snack either. Does it matter how big the snack is? Like could you have a few bites and not have to take insulin?

  5. Karla @ Foodologie

    Great post. This part definitely is something I need to work on: “That is about an hour away. I’m telling myself I can make it, calm down, it’s only an hour. And I just guzzled more water.”

    That’s super hard for me. But you bring up a great point. It’s just an hour!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s only an hour!! (now remind me of this when I get home from the gym and starving! LOL)

  6. Lori

    In the winter, hot tea really helps curb an appetite. Sometimes, though, I will admit that I just eat if I am ravenous. I figure there is a reason for it.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Peppermint tea is a good one. I use that. Forgot about it!

  7. Beth

    I agree with you – sometimes I can go from 0 to 100 very quickly! I am way more hungry in the morning than I am in the afternoon. In the morning I usually have 2 snacks in between breakfast and lunch, and then I can go from lunch to dinner with just one snack or sometimes I can skip it. I always have to leave my house with snacks on me or else I can get into trouble.

    The other day we went to Target and it was about 11:30 and all of a sudden I was FAMISHED – like nauseous and OMG I have to eat something before I pass out – I went and grabbed a bag of grapes from the produce section and ate a bunch (then proceeded to pay for the ones I ate!) Having cut up fruit and veggies at the ready is always a good thing for me – as well as whole wheat crackers. Almonds are great but it takes too many to fill me up so I try and stay away from those.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I hate that nauseous, I might pass out, feeling! Sometimes I get that way and I have eat something immediately! And I agree about the almonds. They work but they are so high in calories it sometimes isn’t worth it for me. Same with peanut butter!

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