Today I heard a great piece of advice: Don’t be afraid of hunger. The sensation of hunger means that your body is switching from using food as energy to using your fat as energy. This is precisely the reason why I always seem to see great results when I eat an early dinner (around 5-6 PM) and do not eat until the next morning. This is a version of intermittent fasting and is super effective because your energy reserves from food are usually used up by the time you go to bed, so you are essentially burning fat throughout the night! There is definitely no easier way to lose fat than while you sleep! (There is still a lot of debate whether or not the timing of your meals matter. Of course I can’t say definitively either way for everyone–this is just my experience).
The problem is, many of us are afraid of hunger. We are terrified of that feeling of slight discomfort and avoid it at all costs. What if we reframed our feelings towards it instead? What if we embrace the hunger, know it will pass, and fall asleep on an empty stomach, waking up energized and that much closer to our goals? I am not saying you should be feeling starving or always hungry, but that feeling once in awhile is totally natural for humans. It takes us back to our natural state. Americans eat to discomfort all the time, yet they are afraid of the other extreme. Experiencing that feeling once in awhile makes me appreciate my meals more. I remember what true hunger feels like, and it’s not as bad as we seem to believe! So next time you’re in bed at 10 PM and feel that nagging urge to go down and get a snack, know the feeling will pass and instead EMBRACE the sensation!