(This is Part 5 of a 12 part series to provide you with some helpful blurbs and tips to keep your fitness in focus over the holiday season)
Losing weight is a daunting task. Contrary to common belief, it’s not as linear as just eating less and moving more and when you couple that with the fact that food is such a large part of our social environment, one is left little room for error. The great news is that weight loss is possible and does happen when the focus is on getting the job done with consistency backed by real knowledge and not misguided and misinformed beliefs. One of the many things that should never be an occurrence but happens to people who are trying to lose weight is the sense of hunger. Here are 5 scientifically convincing reasons why you should never be hungry and start losing weight correctly.
Hunger is Nature’s Survival Mechanism
Hunger, just like pain, happiness, thirst, or anger, is a completely natural feeling. It’s not likely we ignore those signals but for some reason people are willing to ignore hunger signals. Hunger is the body’s cue telling us we are lacking either calories or nutrients or both. Ignoring it most likely leads to stronger and stronger hunger cues to the point of causing negative physical and mental side effects.
Hunger Isn’t Necessary For Weight Loss
Hunger is a completely natural signal that your brain sends to your body; we can get them whether dieting or not. When dieting however, ignoring those signals will get you nowhere fast. Sufficient calories and nutrition are an important and essential part of the weight loss process.
Hunger Negatively Affects Your Metabolism
Calorie deprivation is a sure fire way to wreck the metabolism. When the metabolism gets out of whack, it can take some time for it to readjust. Two important appetite-controlling hormones to understand when trying to lose weight are leptin and ghrelin. These hormones signal when it’s time to eat, and they also send signals when you’re satiated. When the latter happens, your body receives a cascade of signals that it is in a fed state. When in this state your body is more likely to shed its energy reserves (fat). The opposite is also true. When in a state of constant hunger your body senses a lack of available fuel in its future and chooses to hold onto the fat it has in case of emergency.
Strict Adherence to Restriction Leads to Poor Habits
Restriction is commonly associated with weight loss. It’s almost assumed you have to tolerate these feelings if you want to lose weight. This excess restriction does nothing but suppress your desire to eat until the feelings are no longer bearable. In the end, you end up bingeing from food deprivation. You go three steps forward and then take three steps back and then wonder why you can’t lose any weight. Try eating real food at a smaller calorie deficit, take it slower, and feed your body when it tells you it’s hungry.
Hunger is Not a Sustainable Feeling to Tolerate
There are millions of people in this world who live with the pain of hunger daily. No one in the civilized world has any reason to tolerate hunger pains. Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy body composition doesn’t mean you have to live your life in a constant battle with hunger.You shouldn’t have feelings of hunger on your mind all day long. Eating should be more of an involuntary action. It should happen in the background as you live your life. Constantly having to pay attention to your stomach is both physically and emotionally exhausting. Don’t even try to battle it. You will always lose in the end.
If you’re always feeling hungry it’s time to take a close look at your nutrition. You likely need to increase your overall calories or start adding in more nutrient dense foods. Losing weight and being at a healthy weight shouldn’t be that difficult. It’s your body’s natural state and what it ultimately wants to be at. Go with the flow and listen to your body.
See you tomorrow for Day 6 of the 12 Days of Fitness
Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better.