Hunger and getting hungry while dieting is something that we are taught to avoid. I’m going to suggest something that most people think is taboo. You will get faster weight loss results if you allow yourself to get hungry from time to time. I’ll even go as far to say that you should embrace hunger and look forward to it for rapid fat loss.
Getting Hungry While Dieting? Good!
This topic came to my mind because I am dieting for a trip to Puerto Vallarta with my girlfriend. I am already lean, but I wanted to drop that last tiny bit of 3-4 pounds to get extra sharp abs. I got hungry last night and ate an apple and a bit of cheese right before bed. Yes…I screw up too! Anyway…I just need to remind myself that it is okay to get hungry from time to time.
Getting Hungry is the “Old School” Dieting Approach
I grew up in the 70’s. Back in those days, people would actually get hungry while dieting! Imagine that! At some point in the 80’s, the “eat 6 meals per day” approach became the norm. The idea was that “eating every few hours” keeps your metabolism high. In theory it looked like a great strategy, but it isn’t working for most people.
Is Eating Every Few Hours Working For You?
I have NEVER been able to get lean by eating 6 meals per day. The problem with eating all the time is that you always have “food energy” circulating in your system. When you do any activities or exercise, your body always has an abundant supply of energy from the food you eat. Why would it need to access your stored energy source (aka BODY FAT)? The answer is that your body will not burn body fat with excessive food energy in your system.
Remember How Hungry You Got When You Were a Kid?
I was lucky enough to grow up a block from Dashpoint Beach. It is actually considered as one of the premier Flatland Skimboard beaches (I’ll put up a video, since it is hard to describe skimboarding).
[I grew up a block from this beach. I basically spent my entire summer doing what you see here. I should have picked a sport like basketball or baseball. Skimboarding doesn’t pay a lot!]
Okay, back to the story…when I was a kid, I would often times meet my friends at the beach and spend 8-9 hours skimboarding. I would be so busy having fun that I didn’t eat anything the entire day. Once it began to get dark I would head home and I was starving! I remember being super hungry! Obviously…my friends were in the same position. Each and every one of us looked great.
“…But Children Have A Higher Metabolism”
For the most part, kids don’t eat as often as adults…especially the ones who do outdoor activities. The children who do eat all the time are the ones with the weight problems. Think about it…a lot of the younger kids and teens these days play video games and surf the Internet. They are indoor near food. If these children get hungry, food is just a few steps away. Adults at work are near food all the time as well and share the exact same problem!
“Allowing Yourself to Get Hungry” is Key to Getting Lean
I don’t believe our bodies were meant to have a never ending supply of constant food. I am not suggesting that you stay hungry all the time, but don’t be so quick to grab food the second you feel hungry. This is your chance to get rid of some of that excessive body fat. Want to really lose some weight quickly? Let yourself get hungry on purpose before doing cardio. This is when you will see visible results quickly.
Note: I realize that many dietitians and personal trainers will give you conflicting advice when it comes to the subject of hunger and meal frequency. They will throw out the “slowing metabolism” argument.
There is an amazing new eBook on this subject, called Eat Stop Eat. It was written by a top nutritionist who did his graduate research on this topic. His study was called
“The Metabolic Effects of Short Periods of Fasting in Humans and its Potential Application in Weight Loss”
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