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Those who practice intermittent fasting knows that it’s easy to just stop eating during a predetermined fasting period.
But it’s a different story during the feeding period. The act of eating can be a locomotive that won’t stop. Halfway through you consult with your stomach to see if hunger is still there; often you are aware that hunger is completely diminished, but you keep eating.
Sometimes stopping the act of eating is like stepping into the ring with Mike Tyson.
I have been IF’ng for over a year and I still struggle to stop myself from eating. Often I can cold-cock the beast and end the fight, but other times he pummels me silly. Relentless eating wins the fight.
But you know what, I’m OK with that. Because I know that, even if I don’t stop eating during a (shorter) feed window, I will still most likely eat fewer calories at the end of the day, or at the end of the week. It’s generally the nature of an intermittent fasting lifestyle. And eating fewer calories is the key to losing fat and keeping it off.
But I can tell you this: the more you recognize that you’re up against the beast and do your best to throw some punches, the easier you’ll get at landing a good punch and end the fight. In other words, keep fighting the good fight: you have to keep consulting with your stomach to see if hunger is still there, and try your best to just stop eating. With some effort, you’ll often be able to take out the beast sooner. You’ll be able to walk away from a meal when you’re full.
But I’ll tell you now: I still struggle with stopping the act of eating. For many people like myself, self-control is a myth, and will power is often limited. But, with intermittent fasting, gorging at a meal often still nets you fewer calories than if you had eaten 3 square meals and 2 or 3 snacks in between. And, with motivation, time, and effort, you’ll get better at stopping the act of eating the moment you’re full.
Even Mike Tyson has a glass jaw.
What has been your experience with eating after a short fasting period?