Hunger is a tricky thing when you are talking about tolerating hunger for weight loss. Dealing with out of control appetites from years of overeating and binge eating and sugar addiction can make a person feel insane once you start to eat normal portions of food.
Many people consider hunger something to be avoided at all costs. But really? It’s something we should be embracing. Being hungry won’t kill you. It might be uncomfortable but it is something that you will need to live with at times if you are trying to lose weight. Once you learn to feel hungry and sit with the feeling you will be able to eat more mindfully and not binge. Here we talk more about appetite control, hunger, and why feeling hungry is something you much tolerate.
If hunger is still a problem for you then you might need to do some of the following.
- Talk to your doctor about your appetite
- Visit a nutritionist to analyze your food intake
- Try taking Garcinia Cambogia Extract Natural Appetite Suppressant to suppress your appetite
- Try drinking Easy E-Z Herbal Weight Loss Tea for appetite control
Controlling appetite can be difficult and getting used to hunger is harder for some people. It’s not always a comfortable feeling and many of us want so desperately just to feel comfortable. Hopefully some of these things will help you with controlling your appetite and hunger.
Hunger & Eating
For a lot of people hunger is a trigger that causes us to overeat or even binge because we feel deprived or can’t control the hunger. For a lot of people it is something they avoid because they feel like it will ruin their progress because once they start they will most definitely overeat. If it is easier for you to lose weight by never getting hungry and testing yourself, then by all means go with that method. But for me, I’ve had to get in touch with my hungry and even *gasp* embrace it.
While I was at Green Mountain I did a lot of personal experiments in mindful eating and feeling hungry and the sort. It wasn’t part of the program, just my own curiosity to experiment while in a controlled environment. I figured out a lot about my body and how it works in regards to feeling hungry and feeling full (which is harder for me to recognize than hunger). I learned that I am actually great at recognizing hunger and also that I am pretty good at controlling my eating despite being hungry.
I think a lot of us don’t want to ever get hungry because when we start eating we feel like we can’t control ourselves. We eat too much too quickly without even thinking about it, mostly because we were “hungry.” But I’ve moved past using the excuse of being hungry to overeat quickly. I can still eat the same controlled speed and will still be fulfilled if I stay at that pace. Just because I reached the point where I feel hungry doesn’t mean I am allowed to stuff my face.
But more importantly for me, I’ve worked out the nighttime hunger/eating thing. Since I came home this was the thing that most worried me. How would I control my hunger at night? How would I survive staying up late and not eating EVERYTHING I could find? Honestly, when I first came home I was really worried. Turns out it hasn’t been much of a problem at all. I think I’ve actually got it under control.
For instance, last night I went to bed hungry. For some people, this would not work. But I honestly don’t mind going to bed hungry. I can tolerate it when it means I will be healthier and live better. I’ve worked out a system where at night if I feel like I want a snack I can have one, but if I don’t want one I don’t have one. Usually this system depends on my bedtime. If I know I am going to stay up really late I will eat a snack a little before 10 pm. That makes me comfortable and I don’t get to hungry if I’m still awake into the morning. But if I’m not staying up I simply won’t eat. And on those nights, like last night, I generally go to bed hungry.
Getting Used To Hunger
I remember reading somewhere online that a doctor told her she would have to get used to the fact that sometimes she would have to feel hungry. She would just have to deal with it if she wanted to lose weight/maintain. I remember when I first read that thinking that the doctor was crazy and she shouldn’t listen to him. But the thought stuck in my head and now I’m starting to think he was right. I will have to get used to the fact that sometimes I just have to suck it up and deal with being hungry. Being completely full all the time would mean I was eating all the time, which although my mind might want that, it wouldn’t be good for my body.
So I’ve reached a point, I think, where I am good at recognizing and dealing with my hunger. (I think writing about hunger has actually made me hungry, as my stomach is starting to tell me it is lunch time.) I’m not in love with the idea of being hungry all the time or starving myself, but I no longer fear being hungry. I’m not scared of it. I can deal with it. I can tolerate it in the grand scheme of things, when I know that I’ve eaten enough and gotten my nutrients throughout the day.
Do you think this way too? Or are you scared of hunger or have trouble controlling your appetite? Or are you good at regulating and controlling it? How do you deal with hunger?