Always hungry when trying to lose weight? That’s completely unnecessary. Here are 5 reasons you should stop fighting hunger and start getting in tune with your body.
Hunger Isn’t Necessary For Weight Loss
Let’s go ahead and get something out of the way. When talking about hunger, we aren’t talking about your typical feelings of hunger. You are going to have hunger signals whether you’re dieting or not. Hunger is a completely natural signal that your brain sends to your body.
In this article, we’re talking about hunger in the sense of withholding. In other words, ignoring your body’s signals and trying to fight through a period of low to no food intake. This type of hunger and lack of action is completely unnecessary to reach your weight loss goals.
If your body told you it was thirsty would you just ignore that signal? No, you would likely get yourself a drink of water. Then why would you ignore your hunger cues? Sufficient calories and nutrition are an important and essential part of the weight loss process. Withholding them will get you nowhere fast.
Over-Restriction Leads to Bingeing and Other Disordered Eating Habits
Restriction is commonly associated with weight loss. It’s almost assumed you have to tolerate these feelings if you want to lose weight. This excess restriction does nothing but suppress your desire to eat until the feelings are no longer bearable.
In the end, you end up bingeing from food deprivation. You go three steps forward and then three steps back and then wonder why you can’t lose any weight. Why not just try eating at a smaller calorie deficit, take it slower, and feed your body when it tells you it’s hungry?
Hunger Negatively Affects Your Metabolism
Leptin and ghrelin are two appetite-controlling hormones that get more attention when you’re losing weight. These hormones are there for a reason. They tell you when it’s time to eat, and they also send signals when you’re satiated.
When the latter happens, your body receives a cascade of signals that it is in a fed state. When in this state your body is more likely to shed its energy reserves (fat). The opposite is also true. When in a state of constant hunger your body senses a lack of available fuel in its future and chooses to hold onto the fat it has in case of emergency.
Hunger is Not a Sustainable Feeling to Tolerate
Let’s be honest. No one can tolerate hunger pains for any reasonable amount of time. Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy body composition doesn’t mean you have to live your life in a constant battle with hunger.
You shouldn’t have feelings of hunger on your mind all day long. Eating should be more of an involuntary action. It should happen in the background as you live your life. Constantly having to pay attention to your stomach is both physically and emotionally exhausting. Don’t even try to battle it. You will always lose in the end.
Hunger is Your Body’s Way of Telling You It Needs Something
Have you ever really thought about what hunger is? Hunger is a completely natural feeling. Just as pain, happiness, thirst, anger, or feelings of pleasure all serve a purpose, so too does hunger.
Very rarely do we ever ignore any of our other body’s signals, but when it comes to weight loss, we’re more likely to suffer through stronger and stronger hunger cues to the point of causing negative physical and mental side effects.
Our body knows what it’s doing. Hunger is a cue telling us we are lacking either calories or nutrients or both. The next time you feel yourself getting hungry, don’t fight it. Instead, reach for a healthy, portion-controlled meal or snack to answer your body’s cry for sustenance.
If you’re always feeling hungry it’s time to take a close look at your nutrition. You likely need to increase your overall calories or start adding in more nutrient dense foods. Losing weight and being at a healthy weight shouldn’t be that difficult. It’s your body’s natural state and what it ultimately wants to be at. Go with the flow and listen to your body.