Fasting/skipping meals

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 04, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I have a question about fasting/skipping meals, etc. I am not new to paleo/primal, but in the past, although I have tried IF, it just didn't work for me. Recently, what has been happening is that I "accidentally" am finding myself skipping meals because I'm just not hungry. What happens is, I'll have a big breakfast at 7am (2 eggs, coconut oil, bacon/other fatty meat, small avocado) and by around 10:30-11 I get so hungry that I feel like I'm going to throw up. By this point, I am usually stuck at work or somewhere where I can't eat anything until about 12-12:30, at which point my hunger is completely gone. So I actually end up eating lunch around 3-4 because I'm not hungry, even though at one point I was starving. Does this make sense? This has been my experience this past month or so. So my question is, should I be trying to eat at 12ish when I have the chance to and since I felt so hungry beforehand, or should I wait until I get hungry again? I'm trying to listen to my body, but it's confusing me a little. Thoughts?

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on December 04, 2012
at 09:21 PM

THIRST is often confused with HUNGER. Especially if your diet is very low in carbs (as your breakfast shows), your body is able to burn fat for energy. Many times people feel hungry, but if you just have some water, tea or coffee, your "hunger" goes away.

I would say just try this out...next time you get super hungry, have a glass of water. If you feel fine after, then your body was just thirsty. Make sure, though, that your body is still getting proper nutrition is you go down to 2 meals/day.

I personally do 1 or 2 meals/day (I tend to workout in the morn, big ol' bfast after...if I want to go for a run or some other exercise in the evening, I'll have some whey and an avocado after). Makes a lot more free time not having to worry about eating all the time!


on December 04, 2012
at 11:08 PM

I'm new to Paleo (about a month) and I find that I routinely skip meals. I wait until I'm hungry before I eat. Today I had a handful of almonds at 10 am and because it was busy at work, I had lunch (chicken and apple curry salad) at 3 pm. A bit of supper (frittata) at 6:30 and I'm happy for the day. Some nights I don't eat supper. I'm starting to listen to my body rather than eat out of habit or because it is a certain time of the day. So far I have lost 11 pounds and haven't felt hungry or deprived at all! Sometimes, just having a coffee or tea will keep me full for a few hours.



on December 04, 2012
at 09:20 PM

eating when you're hungry, and only when you're hungry, is perfect - in the ideal. but in the real world, with constraints on when you can eat, it's often not practical. i prefer three meals a day during my work week. i have a defined lunch period, and even if i'm not starving, things work out a whole lot better if i do eat, rather than waiting until i'm back at my desk and in the middle of a poo storm.


on December 04, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I think you shouldn't eat unless you're hungry so if you missed out on lunch and are no longer hungry, wait until you are. As an alternative have you tried skipping breakfast altogether and having lunch around noon instead, or you're always very hungry in the morning?

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