I’m really finding it hard to stay full whilst intermittent fasting. I find myself wanting to snack between my two meals. The snacks aren’t always the healthiest choices because I’m so hungry. Any suggestions as to how I can curb my hunger?
This is actually a 2-part question.
Second part first - plan better. I imagine you're eating crap because it's closer to hand when hunger becomes unbearable. If you had something healthy in a tupperware box, you might not need the junk. Now...
DEALING WITH HUNGER: Many people see hunger as an inherent evil that must be vanquished the moment it grumbles the tum <----- Those people are usually 10 Kilos overweight. Could you possibly reframe hunger? Erase the red horns and replace with a gleaming halo? After all, the benefits of intermittent fasting do come from the fasting. When you're hungry, your body is undergoing a whole host of positive changes. You're adapting to less food (healthy), you're limiting your caloric intake (healthy), you're doing a lot of things to your blood, brain and heart that science confirms is... (healthy), and you're forcing your body to find alternative energy sources (e.g. booty fat). If you hold the above in your cortex when hunger strikes it might defang the experience somewhat?
That's not to say just have to grin and bear it.
Hunger is a horse - with a bit of discipline, you can tame the beast. For me, I find it easier to manage hunger in the morning. I see it as a challenge to hold it off as long as I can, whereas there is very little joie de vivre on evening hunger and the prospect of bed on an empty stomach. The later you can push your first meal, the better, and the more satisfied you will feel throughout the day. Eat at 11am, and it's 7-9 hours before your next meal (torture). But eat at 2pm, and it's 4 hours (manageable). And you have the insurance policy of healthy snacks too.
So... Push your first meal back late, then later, and later again. When you find a time when you simply have to eat, add an hour and then eat.
Remember... like a horse. As my great grandmother once said: "you don't get a perfect trotter from a single crack o' the whip." You're pitching your will against his, and if you're consistent, you will prevail, and you'll enjoy a whole new level of control over the once wild stallion that is your raging appetite.
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