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Do you need to embrace hunger pains or should you have the feeling of not being hungry?

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Created March 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Do you need to embrace hunger pains or should you have the feeling of not being hungry?

The hunger hormone Ghrelin is tightly connected with growth hormone. Recent studies have also shown that high levels of hunger or ghrelin in the body stimulate and improve memory and concentration. But how does hunger effect blood sugar levels and cortisol? Both hunger hormone and satiety hormone( not feeling hungry) are needed within our bodies. What hunger condition or balance during the day is more important for staying lean and strong, body & mind?

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:30 AM

Yeah. It's either slight lightheadedness for me, or even just a little grogginess or lethargy. I'm running on pretty low body fat %, though. Perhaps those still on the way down might not have quite the same response.

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on March 19, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Same lightheaded feeling here as well. No major stomach growling like the old days, just start to slow down a bit after awhile. Then I'm like "oh yeah, guess I need to eat something."

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Or, embracing hunger is recognizing that's just one of our many natural physical sensations and it doesn't have to drive/direct our behavior. I think we're saying the same thing.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Yes. And I'm not kidding.

I know I'm doing well when I wake up not hungry aka burning fat. I sip coffee all morning that has heavy cream and a little honey in it. I don't eat until mid-day to mid-afternoon, when I have gut-driven hunger pangs vs. brain-driven impulses to eat. I don't eat in the evening so I can get my meal digested/stored.

I'm convinced that experiencing periods of both satiation and hunger keeps my long-damaged, binge-eating body as normal as it can be. My body profile, which continues to move away from the shoulder-to-knee bulges of metabolic disorder, says I'm moving in the right direction although at a comfortably slow pace.

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:33 PM

If you are a recovering, broken SAD person, then you may have hunger pains. For the SAD food addicted, there will be withdrawal. This may get worse as those around you snack throughout the day, and your conscious and subconscious pick up clues telling you to grab some sugary snack.

Otherwise, if you have renormalized your body in a healthy way, you should find that you do not have "pains" regardless if you are hungry or not. "Pains" should start when you are actually starving, not as a side-effect of your body reminding you that you usually eat at a certain time.

If this question comes because you are considering IF, please take it slowly. People tend to have success with IF, but it's not something you want to force yourself into.

Good luck!

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on March 19, 2012
at 06:03 PM

After 2 1/2 years of paleo, I find that I usually just start getting tired and grumpy, not hungry. I usually have breakfast around 9 AM and then dinner around 7:30 PM, with very little hunger anywhere in there. It takes at least 12 hours to get to the point where it feels like I'm "hungry" like it used to feel after 3 hours on a "healthy-SAD" diet.

I think it's fairly appropriate to follow your instinct on this one. If you're hungry, eat something paleo. I'd say keep it low-carb until you have a handle on everything. Just keep putting good food in, and you should get good health out. If you tend to have distinct bouts of exercise, I'd say put the food in directly after that as much as possible.

Hope it helps!

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:52 PM

I can live with hunger pangs (really, no "pangs" just the feeling of an empty stomach) until I start getting lightheaded from lack of food.

This usually happens after noon or 1pm if I haven't had breakfast. Considering that the last time I ate was around 7pm the previous day, I'd say that 16-18 hours is a pretty good IF session ;)

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on March 19, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Same lightheaded feeling here as well. No major stomach growling like the old days, just start to slow down a bit after awhile. Then I'm like "oh yeah, guess I need to eat something."

8dbe73235f73c615f20d3d0f34b4852a

(1365)

on June 05, 2012
at 02:30 AM

Yeah. It's either slight lightheadedness for me, or even just a little grogginess or lethargy. I'm running on pretty low body fat %, though. Perhaps those still on the way down might not have quite the same response.

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:09 PM

No.

I can honestly say that after going paleo, I haven't experienced hunger pangs--not once. Now, when I say hunger pangs, I mean the intense hunger that would cause me to raid the candy machine at work, because I just couldn't hold out anymore. Those are long gone (and good riddance, as far as I'm concerned).

Hunger, for me anyway, is now a gentle reminder, not a screaming demand. It's the difference between waking up to an alarm clock buzzer turned up full blast, and waking up to music.

And, if I have to skip a meal, it's no big deal. My body doesn't go into over-drive trying to force me to "eat right now or else." It's more of a reminder in the back of my mind (or should I say back of my stomach) that says "Hey, we're ready to eat anytime you are, but it's not an emergency; just eat when you get a chance."

In my opinion, "embracing hunger" is something that is associated with traditional, calorie restricted, semi-starvation diets. Where if you can't fight off the hunger pangs, you're accused of being weak and lacking in self discipline. That, imho, is not paleo.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Or, embracing hunger is recognizing that's just one of our many natural physical sensations and it doesn't have to drive/direct our behavior. I think we're saying the same thing.

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