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Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« on: March 15, 2014, 11:45:43 AM »
Hi everyone,

I've been having some GI issues lately. My stools are normally okay, but lately I've been experiencing some weird sensations in the tummy after I eat. It's not painful. Sometimes I get bloating as well.

I'm thinking of visiting my gastro doctor next week, but I just wanna ask for some opinions on this matter first.

Is it normal to feel some "hunger pangs" after 3 - 4 hours from your last meal?

I've been trying to control my food intake and it seems that I get these ticklish feeling after 3 -4 hours from eating that I don't know if it's genuine hunger or indigestion.

Four doctors have already told me to eat small frequent meals throughout the day rather than 3 main meals to curb acidity problems. How true is this?

To be honest I really cannot remember anymore if I felt some hunger just after 3 - 4 hours of eating before the GI issues kicked in? I do remember getting hungry after 5 - 6 hours before, but that's just me. It kind of depends too on the food that I eat.

Just wanna ask your thoughts on this? As usual, I am concerned about stomach or intestinal cancer.  :angry-smiley-034:
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 12:43:37 PM »
 :yes: usually this is the time i feel hunger after last meal too, and thats why im fat-ish :D BUt definitely nothing to concern about :)
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 12:49:19 PM »
I've been having the same issues as well. I used to be able to eat once or twice a day and never really felt hungry. Developed a sinus infection and ever since then I feel like I have to eat every 3 hours or I get a burning in the throat feeling with nausea. Stools are fine just minor abdominal pains. Haven't been to a G.I. but have had blood work done and everything was fine. Been trying out Prevacid these last few days and it seems to be helping, haven't had any of the symptoms minus a little abdominal pain and slight nausea once in a while, all of which can be side effects. Biggest problem now id say is the constipation.
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2014, 12:54:44 PM »
i am the same way
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2014, 03:10:11 PM »
Sometimes I get hungry after only ONE hour, sometimes I don't get hungry anymore the rest of the day after eating at 10am.   There is no "normal" for that.   Then you have my husband who is hungry 24 hours a day! ::)
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2014, 03:23:30 PM »
I eat every 2-3 hours so I feel hungry after 2-3 hours after my last meal...I am pretty lean btw. Don't see any problem.
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2014, 11:48:24 PM »
I eat every 2-3 hours so I feel hungry after 2-3 hours after my last meal...I am pretty lean btw. Don't see any problem.



Same I'm like a bottomless pit.
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2014, 08:47:43 AM »
Honestly, it simply depends upon what you're eating.

If you are eating a balanced meal which includes a proper serving of lean protein and vegetables then I would say that its not normal because they cause you to feel full, burn slowly and create a longer feeling of satiation.

If you're eating crappy carbohydrates like pasta, pizza, pre-packages foods, cereal, etc., then yup, its perfectly normal because these are predominately sugar which gets burned quickly and offer no protein which you need to feel full.
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2014, 09:31:47 AM »
Don't agree with the protein/carb thing...I eat proteins mostly and dtill feel hungru after 2-3 hours. Mostly depends on how much you eat and the habit really. I am used to eating many smaller meals per day +fruit etc.
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2014, 11:20:53 AM »
Hypo - medical science would disagree.  Its proven that lean protein keeps you full longer than empty carbs do.
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2014, 01:46:14 PM »
This question doesn't have a set answer I dont believe. How often should you be hungry? It varies from person to person and metabolism and other factors. I'm a skinny girl and I'm deffo hungry after 3-4 hours and can eat anytime really lol. Except if I have a monster dinner with an app, soup, and dinner. Even an hour after that I would take a Starbucks drink; just using that as example since that's what we did on date night on Friday night.
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Re: Is it normal to be hungry after 3 - 4 hours?
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2014, 10:48:38 PM »
Hello all, thank you for your responses. They have helped me cope with this problem.

I felt hungry today -- something that doesn't always happen since this GI issue returned.

I think I've been paranoid because of this already that's why I am noticing the slightest sensation in my tummy.

I am going to visit the GI doctor soon. I am honestly scared though. :(
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