There has to be a way to be more active, increase strength and stamina, and generally improve one's health without starving in the process. Right?
For sure! As you're pointing out, bodies are different, so it's entirely possible that the work-out I do (mainly powerlifting/swimming/walking) won't result in the same pangs of hunger you're experiencing; for a lot of people the struggle is to eat a lot of protein to maintain/build mass IN SPITE of not being hungry enough all the time. For one thing I've always had a pretty fast metabolism; for another, the last couple of weeks were startling and abnormal in how hungry I was, which may have been a result of other factors (most probably womb-related in my case). Which isn't to say that you absolutely won't experience more hunger -- just that there's no One Way to achieve health and a positive body image.On the fitocracy boards, people are always talking about how little they're eating to lose weight
Oh hey you're on Fitocracy! So am I! I've not seen those boards and kind of shun that rhetoric as much as possible, embracing Health at Every Size stuff instead. I don't care too much about losing weight; I'd be happy at my current weight if it were closer to 20% than 30% body fat.
I'm leaning towards this as well -- if you're interested, a friend just posted a LOT
about addressing body composition goals with diet, and listed a number of scholarly articles and resources and stuff on my blog (the thread starts here
if you're interested -- just ignore the stuff that's about my actual post and read anything by the Anon signed rfloh. :) )
I hope something of this helps -- the last thing I'd want is for an off-the-cuff comment of mine to make someone feel discouraged about further activity!