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For those beginning their journey in intermittent fasting, or for those who have done it for a while — you will be hungry.
There’s no getting around that. Of course, the hunger will diminish with time, and you will tolerate it better, and most of you will even master it — in fact hunger will often go away within minutes.
But, you’ll always get hungry. It’s part of life for millions of years. And it should always be part of life today. (Of course, the food industry seeks to eliminate this, primarily for the purpose of profit. And, with the current obesity rate as an indication, our culture has submitted.)
I’m here to remind you: do not forget why you’ve invited the sensation of hunger to be a regular part of your life.
Hunger tells you that you’re doing something good, for your health and for your body composition.
Remember also that hunger is not the same as starvation. One is a transient sensation based on complex factors like hormones, psychology, and blood sugar dynamics. The other is based on extremely low (or no) food intake for extended periods of weeks or months.
In western society, it’s not likely that any of us is willing to reach starvation. In fact, it’s almost highly challenging to do so. Food is everywhere you look, and the trigger to eat surrounds us daily.
Hunger. Let it be part of your life. Give your body a chance to adapt to it, to benefit from it, and to even experience it.
Intermittent fasting — it’s not always comfortable. But neither is overweight and obesity.