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If you’re new to intermittent fasting, or even if you’re a veteran to it, then chances are you experience the sensation of hunger.
To be clear, the sensation of hunger is natural and should not be feared. As such, nothing is wrong with acknowledging it, and it may be healthy and helpful if we don’t deny that hunger exists. It tells us that we’re doing something good for the body.
The sensation of hunger is a natural occurrence not too different from a mild cramp in your calf (after you spent the entire night dancing the Naploleon Dynamite alone in your bedroom).
In the case of hunger, as in the case of the mild cramp, you can shake it off.
But similar to massaging out the cramp in your calf with your hand, sometimes you have to shrug off your hunger with a little help. This is when I always find lemon water to be helpful. Squeeze lemon into an eco-friendly container of water, and keep the bottle nearby throughout the fasting period.
A squeeze of lemon has virtually no calories, and a little squeeze goes a long way. You can even drink tea, if you wish. And some people even go for coffee. Even drinking plain water helps just as well.
It’s really a simple cure for hunger, especially helpful to those new to IF. Overcoming hunger enough times and eventually the body resets the hunger schedule. In other words, the sensation of hunger eventually decreases in magnitude and frequency.
Water’s suppression of hunger may be just as psychological as it is physical, or it may even be purely psychological; but this strategy has worked for many and, at least in the Western world, is a social norm among those who use it.
Learning to deal with hunger will give you control and makes you the master of your eating habit. You eat what you want, and when you choose.
This is ultimately liberating.