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How often are you hungry?

Commented on September 07, 2014
Created August 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It's rare for me to eat 3 meals a day. I'm rarely hungry in the mornings and sometimes don't really get a genuine hunger pang until the afternoon. Sometimes this concerns me because, you know, we're so used to thinking 3 meals a day. And obviously the frequency of hunger corresponds to your level of activity (mine happens to be unusually low at the moment). But surely it's best to wait it out until the alarm goes off, rather than eating because you think you should, because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and all that.

Anyway, I guess I'd just like some reassurance that it's okay not to eat that much if you don't really feel a particular need. In the past I would stuff myself all day out of sheer hedonistic pleasure. Now, if I feel hungry, if I feel I could use some energy, I eat. But I try not to eat because I feel it's that time of day.

Basically, if you feel okay, then no need to worry - right?

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on September 07, 2014
at 07:38 PM

This is common in some people. Some peoples metabolism is faster than others so their food proccesses faster. It also has much to do with how active you are throughout the day. The more energy you're using up the more fuel you will need. For me on a work week I tend to eat 3 meals a day plus some healthy snacks through out as well to keep me from getting hungry. Where as on the weekends I usually just eat when I get hungry which is about twice a day since i'm not as active. I think you should only eat when your body requires and not because you think you need to or are bored.

99e9041bc2155701f1326c46037942a7

on September 07, 2014
at 07:38 PM

This is common in some people. Some peoples metabolism is faster than others so their food proccesses faster. It also has much to do with how active you are throughout the day. The more energy you're using up the more fuel you will need. For me on a work week I tend to eat 3 meals a day plus some healthy snacks through out as well to keep me from getting hungry. Where as on the weekends I usually just eat when I get hungry which is about twice a day since i'm not as active. I think you should only eat when your body requires and not because you think you need to or are bored.

99e9041bc2155701f1326c46037942a7

on September 07, 2014
at 07:38 PM

This is common in some people. Some peoples metabolism is faster than others so their food proccesses faster. It also has much to do with how active you are throughout the day. The more energy you're using up the more fuel you will need. For me on a work week I tend to eat 3 meals a day plus some healthy snacks through out as well to keep me from getting hungry. Where as on the weekends I usually just eat when I get hungry which is about twice a day since i'm not as active. I think you should only eat when your body requires and not because you think you need to or are bored.

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I think ingestion of food upon waking is a good way to lower cortisol and possibly adrenalin if it's elevated.

Cortisol tends to make people feel good short term (think cortisone shots for athletes) but long-term elevation will have adverse effects like weakened immune system, collagen breakdown (specifically in the skin), reduced bone formation, etc.

Blood glucose is elevated in the morning from cortisol breaking down muscle into sugar. You may not be hungry because you're eating.... your muscle!

Cortisol also lowers your metabolism by stopping T4->T3 conversion. Your body will do everything it can to conserve energy.

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I tend to get hungry 5 or 6 hours after I start the day, which is often after a 45-60m workout and 16 hours or so since my last meal. Then, I usually eat dinner 7 or 8 hours later, where hunger might not kick in until I'm smelling the cooking or eating the food. A little less often than once a week, I might be busy during lunchtime and stretch that out toward 24hrs between meals. I find this to be pretty easy / convenient. I often do broth in the mornings and sip some tea in the afternoon.

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