Tough Talk: Hunger is not the enemy
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
I know you're wondering - what in the world does she mean by that? How can it possibly be OK to feel hungry?
When you overeat constantly, you don't just feel full after your meals - you frequently feel stuffed. That's a sensation your body gets comfortable with. You might hate it, but you're used to it, and it gets easier and easier to increase the amount of food it takes to "stuff" yourself.
As you change your eating habits, your body kicks up a ruckus and says, " Wait a minute. I'm not stuffed yet. Keep going." You know you've eaten enough. You know one more bite will push you over your limit. You know it's time to put your fork down. But your stomach has not caught on yet, and it urges you to fill up. Why do you think it's so easy to sabotage yourself? When you resist that call, you'll sometimes, even oftentimes, sense hunger, mostly at first, but it can take months for your body to adjust, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. I know most others, even SparkPeople writers, say you shouldn't feel hungry when losing weight.
I'm here to tell you a little truth: They're full of baloney. I sometimes wonder if people writing these articles have ever been overweight, let alone obese.
The fact is, it takes time for your rebellious tummy to accept the change, like when you tell a friend you're moving away. She doesn't want to hear it. She doesn't want you to go. She hopes your house won't sell, that the job transfer won't come through, that the town you're moving to will fall into the Pacific Ocean. It's the same for your body. You can't reduce your calories or portions significantly without it yearning to restore order. And to speed things up, it kicks hunger into high gear.
Don't pick up a spoon when you've had enough but feel hungry. Welcome the sensation. It means you're on the right track. It means you're forcing your body to adjust and accept your new lifestyle. It means you'll lose weight.
Anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight knows what I'm talking about. If you haven't experienced it yet, you will.
Over time, you'll enjoy feeling satisfied after meals rather than stuffed - and your body will let you know the second you're pushing it too far!
Make hunger your friend rather than your enemy. Learn what it really means.