Yesterday, Sunday, I was hungry all day long. I woke up hungry and I stayed hungry. I was hungry after I ate. I was hungry while I ate. I kept thinking while eating what can I eat next? It was like my body had become hollow and everything I ate just slid down and out of me without touching the sides.
If you’re a dieter like me, such hungry days are probably inevitable. Paleo dieting should, in theory, put a stop to hunger pangs as protein fills faster and you stay full for longer. Maybe this was the result of a few not very hungry days I’ve had? My body was fighting back, yelling give me food, give me more food, feed me feed me feed me feed me NOW!
Feeling hungry is a very big problem with dieters. It’s probably the single most often stated reason why we break diets, cheat, fall off the wagon and don’t get back on. We simply can’t stand feeling hungry! Feeling deprived. It’s a bit like holding your breath. You just want it to end. Or it’s a bit like waiting for a job offer or the promise of some work that hasn’t yet come in. You’re craving it. You want it. You feel as if you can’t breathe. You’ll do anything to relieve that limbo hanging in the air feeling of needing something.
My tip, for what it’s worth, is to let yourself go a little on these hungry days all dieters get. Don’t worry about this being a licence to go mad and binge. It’s the starving side of the dieting that leads to the bingeing in the first place. So my way of dealing with hungry days is to eat a little more, not a little less.
Break the cycle
If you try to starve out a hungry day or hunger pang, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll succeed. Your brain has very powerful impulses that propel you to eat. Tell you when you’re hungry then reward you with a luscious hit of dopamine when you obey the instruction from your brain to eat.
Did you know we humans have to be programmed to make eating pleasurable or we just wouldn’t bother? Our brain is where hunger resides, not our stomachs. It’s our brains from where we get the signals that we’re hungry and the imperative to eat. You can try and cheat your brain but ever likely you won’t succeed.
Why diets fail
I’m going to be doing a full blog at some point on why diets fail and I’ll be looking at how our brain chemistry works against us and wills us to fail; well, that’s how it feels to me! Meanwhile today hasn’t been so bad. I’ve stuck to the diet fairly easily. But I’m betting it’s because I gave myself some licence yesterday that today has been easier.
Thanks for listening and good luck your eating week.