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The truth about hunger

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Created November 07, 2011 at 5:09 PM

more and more I'm paleo, the less hungry I am. In the modern world, you are pressured to eat three meals a day, but usually I only need one. I can also go an entire day without eating, almost two, and feel pretty comfortable. When I do eat, I will sit down and eat strict Paleo and just rest afterwards. I'm finding I'm most focused and clear headed when I haven't eaten in at least 6 hours. The only challenge is facing opposition from the world saying that what I'm doing is unhealthy, but it actually feels healthier than eating SAD. Anyone else with me here?

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on November 21, 2011
at 01:39 PM

Totally with you. When i first went paleo and was losing weight, i was happy eating about 1100-1200 calories per day (at the time 6' 225#). My appetite was just way lower. I would get hungry, but it was always a "I could skip this meal if I felt like it" hungry. Now, about 25 pounds lighter and 4.5 inches thinner in the waist, I definitely have more appetite, but it is easy to control and I still eat less food than I used to.

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:47 PM

well, I guess we win by eating less. To clarify, I don't feel pressured to eat three meals a day, but am still so programmed from previous life and just astonished at how long I go without feeling that need to eat. It's bizarre how on Paleo I can have comfortable energy levels for such a long time.

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Great answer. Listen to your body. Make your food choices accordingly. Don't impose your worldview on everyone around you, lest the sky fall on them.

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Love the spooky mammals comment! My friends gave me confused-but-polite smiles when I mentioned primal so I've gone silent also.

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I'm with you! The only time I wake up bright and clear-headed is if I haven't eaten in at least 12-14 hours. I don't wake up hungry, either; it's usually 2-3 hours after waking before I feel the urge.

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on November 07, 2011
at 05:29 PM

One hundred percent with you, Henry, about the hunger absence. Have been skipping breakfast (aka: IF) since July. Grain-free and low carbs but not anti-carbs. I lift weights (low volume, heavy) and run (not huge mileage). My energy has never been better. Great focus. Hungry when it's time for my first daily meal, but not hungry in any exaggerated, dramatic, swooning way. Hungry like a mammal whose feeding window is about to open.

Thus far I am not feeling any social pressures because, frankly, I don't tell most people that I eat this way. My food time is 1pm to 9pm which correlates easily with lunch and dinner times. I can easily eat what appears to be a normal meal in a social setting. I have a regular weekly restaurant meal with non-fitness-oriented friends who have no clue that my seafood salad with avocado rest-day IF meal satisfies my "food protocol." I'm way more aware of their food choices than I am of my own, and with equal detachment.

I have learned it pays not to regale easily spooked fellow mammals with details of lifestyle experiments. Politics and religion are child's play conversation topics compared with musings aloud about food choices. You didn't think what you said were "fighting words" but there you are. I have observed humans run for cover when nutritional topics get broached. I am almost prepared to hypothesize that when any person anywhere thinks for himself/herself, the glaciers tend to melt faster and the trappings that hold the sky in place grow weaker. It simply isn't nice to scare Chicken Little. (Fun doing that on occasion, but allowing "nice" to trump "fun" is well worth the blessed privacy of proceeding on my merry eating-exercising way, enjoying the company of kindred spirits here and elsewhere...)

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on November 07, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Love the spooky mammals comment! My friends gave me confused-but-polite smiles when I mentioned primal so I've gone silent also.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:47 PM

well, I guess we win by eating less. To clarify, I don't feel pressured to eat three meals a day, but am still so programmed from previous life and just astonished at how long I go without feeling that need to eat. It's bizarre how on Paleo I can have comfortable energy levels for such a long time.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Great answer. Listen to your body. Make your food choices accordingly. Don't impose your worldview on everyone around you, lest the sky fall on them.

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on December 04, 2012
at 03:05 AM

Thank you all so much for your experiences and your words of wisdom. I am going through a lot of the same things that I am reading above and I fell MUCH better about eating so little, exercizing a lot, and skipping meals.

Thanks again.

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on November 21, 2011
at 01:22 PM

I am very interested to hear what prompts you to eat your one meal. Are you feeling hungry at that time? I am guessing so from your message. Perhaps your body has learned to distinguish between a hormonal hunger and a real hunger, the latter being "fuel-deficient" for lack of a better term. On the SAD, i think many people are guided by a hormonal hunger, which is triggered by regular eating time, or eating too many carbs, all leading to insulin secretion.

I had a similar experience with intermittent fasting. I am much less hungry, comfortable with skipping meals, fasting on the drop of the hat, and really getting in touch with my body hunger. I attributed this to losing my hormonal hunger, and really beginning to feel what my body needs.

I have heard obese people despite overeating still feel hungry, which sounds very much like a hormonally driven hunger.

I also agree about not discussing this with people - no gain, and lots of funny looks! :)

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on November 08, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Agree as well. Furthermore, when I cheat a little, no problem, but when I cross the line (say, dessert two days in a row), all that hunger comes steamrolling back. The 80-20 rules is okay for me, but 90-10 (or 100-0) seems to work a lot better.

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on November 07, 2011
at 10:14 PM

I still like to eat regular meals (although I kind of inadvertently IF since I eat dinner at 7 p.m. and often don't eat breakfast until around 10-11 a.m., but it's not a rule for me), but they seem to be smaller and I rarely feel the need to snack. My hunger has definitely diminished as I've spent more time eating a primal diet.

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on November 07, 2011
at 06:52 PM

Amen! Love this:

"I'm way more aware of their food choices than I am of my own, and with equal detachment.

I have learned it pays not to regale easily spooked fellow mammals with details of lifestyle experiments. Politics and religion are child's play conversation topics compared with musings aloud about food choices. You didn't think what you said were "fighting words" but there you are. I have observed humans run for cover when nutritional topics get broached. I am almost prepared to hypothesize that when any person anywhere thinks for himself/herself, the glaciers tend to melt faster and the trappings that hold the sky in place grow weaker. It simply isn't nice to scare Chicken Little. (Fun doing that on occasion, but allowing "nice" to trump "fun" is well worth the blessed privacy of proceeding on my merry eating-exercising way, enjoying the company of kindred spirits here and elsewhere...)"

Well said, and thanks for sharing!

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