Hey Everyone I was just wondering. I've heard that you grow until you're 18 but is that really true? I'm just wondering because lately, I'm ALWAYS hungry and I don't want to eat a lot because my semi formal is coming up and I want to lose a little weight. I'm not going to stop eating or anything. It's just that I'm always hungry when I'm at home. I was hoping that it was just a growth spurt of some kind, but I'm 17! And the thing is that what I'm eating isn't always the healthiest and that's no way to go about losing weight. So, can you guys help? Also, let me know you're favourite LOW FAT recipies and snacks if you get a chance Thanks guys!
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Love is an irrisistable desire to be irrisistably desired. -Robert Frost
From what my mother's always told me about eating in cycles - she always said that I'll always be like that. Everyone just has periods where they eat more than other times, whether you're "growing" or not. Most important is just to make sure you're eating a healthy diet, and drinking lots of water.
People who feel good inside look good outside. ;]
I like little bite-size things like grapes, which are also sweet enough that they keep me from craving sugar. Carrot sticks are easy and they're crunchy, which keeps your mouth interested. Drinking LOTS of water (I mean it, 8 glasses a day) helps immensely - if you don't drink that much water, try it for a few days and see how much better you feel.
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this is what you get for liking it. "The best-looking boys are taken, the best-looking girls are staying inside. So, Judy, where does that leave you, walking the streets from morning till night?" --Belle and Sebastian, "Judy and the Dream of Horses"
Different people grow at different times. Yes, most women are done growing by 18 or younger, but that's not true for all; I grew nearly 2 inches after my 16th birthday. There are even some (extremely rare) diseases where people never stop growing. (Nowadays that condition is controlled with medication, though.)
Lemming is wise. Eat in moderation, exercise in moderation, drink lots of water, and concentrate on feeling good about yourself, and you'll be radiant.
As for low-fat recipes, I really like the stuff in Cooking Light magazine and in the books put out by the magazine. Their stuff is low fat, but also very flavorful. For something easy, though, I pick fruit or veggies or, if I want to pretend I'm being sinful, salsa on baked tortilla chips. (No fat, but you can pretend they're real chips! )
Though it's recommended you eat all healthy foods, don't neglect some cravings! I used to crave the junkiest foods all the time, and I tried to ignore it. That just made it worse, and I ended up on a serious binge-fest, and ate a LOT of junk. What I found though, is after I let myself submit to the cravings, they stopped. I actually don't want ANYTHING junky anymore, which is a first for me! Either my body got sick of it, or it simply had the munchies for that time period alone. So submit on occasion, and limit yourself when you do. A handful of munchies a day (or two) should be the most you have, with (maybe) an occasional splurge.
If you have snack cravings, try dried fruit like apples or bananas; it's like eating candy, but it's healthy AND good! If not, have a strong mint like an Altoid, it gives you a fresh-mouth feel, kinda like you just brushed your teeth. Then you don't want to really eat because you'll ruin the pleasant taste. Well, I know that works for me, so maybe it'll work for you!
Water does help. I read somewhere that most people misinterpret their hunger-pangs for thirst, and they simply eat to make it go away. I find when I drink water, I crave it more than food itself. The human body IS made of water, so supply it! I also tend to drink water just after having a snack. It is known for flushing out your system, therefore, it will flush out most of the junk before it's processed. It may be "cheating," but I think it helps a little!
well i don't know about you, but i find i crave breads and carbs rather than the fruits and veggies when i'm hungry. So while it's better to get your greens, you might want to look into foods like rice krispies, shredded wheat, and whole wheat toast (no butter mind you )I find them both filling and nutritious.
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