Whether you are following an approach of eating 4-6 times a day or fully committed to Intermittent Fasting – hunger is a huge concern, for everyone.
Dr J. Fung has stated it quite well, and we couldn’t agree more “The truth is that hunger does not persist, but instead comes in waves”. When we experience hunger, voluntarily through Intermittent Fasting, it too will pass.
You need to understand that you won’t starve to death from fasting. The human body has evolved to handle periods of fasting.
Understand your hunger better
Researchers at Columbia and Rockefeller Universities have identified cells in the stomach that regulate the release of a hormone associated with appetite.
Le Sauter, who supervised the experiment has stated “Circadian clocks allow animals to anticipate daily events rather than just react to them.” and “The cells that produce ghrelin have circadian clocks that presumably synchronize the anticipation of food with metabolic cycles.”
In simpler terms - eating a set number of meals at particular times of the day is a trained behaviour.
Often when we think we’re hungry it's not that we're experiencing true physiological (body) hunger, but rather psychological (head) hunger.
Once we realize this then it's clear that all it takes is a little bit of unwiring until our body adjusts to extended periods without food (Intermittent Fasting).
Taking it a step further than just keeping yourself mentally in-check there are also natural products that can help suppress hunger pangs and in times that you want to grab the closest plate-of-comfort you can find:
Water – Hunger signals are often misleading – sometimes we just need water. Staying hydrated helps prevent hunger.
Coffee - Not only does caffeine suppress hunger but it also raises your metabolism which could further boost fat burning.
Tea – Green Tea specifically! It is full of antioxidants that can help stimulate metabolism and weight loss.
Appetite Suppressants such as Green Coffee Beans - These coffee beans contain a higher amount of the chemical, chlorogenic acid, which is thought to affect how the body handles blood sugar and metabolism. Also available from Kallima Lifestyle Clinic.
Remember, voluntary hunger is temporary. Also, once the body has adjusted to these longer periods of time without food the easier it will get!
Want to know more about how we can help you transform your body and mind? Schedule your consultation at Kallima today!