I find if I eat a lot of food, late, I wake up STARVING. If I eat breakfast, I'm hungrier throughout the day. It's like a bizarre cycle.
I think it's about what your body adjusts to. I rarely eat lunch, so I try to eat breakfast and dinner. Basically, it works out to eating once every 12 hours, with breakfast being very small and dinner being very large. If I don't eat breakfast I'm starving by dinner. If I do eat breakfast and lunch, dinner tends to be smaller.
I usually have dinner around 6 or 7. As a rule, I usually don't wake up hungry. (Though pre-primal I always woke up hungry. That was my reason for getting out of bed) And CW dieting in the beginning, I was hungry before bed, during the night, upon waking. I was just hungry all the time on the same (or more) calories than I am having now.
But now I might start to get a little hungry after being up for a few hours. (like now, but telling it to shut up) I like to weigh after 7, and then usually things get crazy so I can usually push it off.
I have found though, that if I eat breakfast before 10 or 11, I am hungrier all day (not just in the evening) and end up at the top of my calorie range. I also learned to start with protein/fat. That helps alot but I still end up with about 200-300 more calories for the day. I am also trying to make this work in my favor, as some days I do want more calories. So this is helping me to zig-zag a little. I havent really paid attention if I exercise more the day before. I am still trying to figure it all out.
Anyways, to answer your question, the earlier I eat, the hungrier I am all throughout the day, not just evening
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I can sometimes go without breakfast---but only if I wasnt eating much before bed! Trying to stick to the - not eating after dinner rule - and I wake up less hungry as a result! I still tend to eat breakfast on most mornings...and still do three meals a day for the most part.
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It is because without food, your body goes into a sympathetic state where it in the absence of calories for fuel it starts cranking out adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones blunt feelings of hunger and make you feel alert and energetic. This is why most feel great when IFing. However this is not a good state to be in, long term.
I said long term. I dont see anything wrong with up to 16 hours as long as one is metabolically healthy.
And i will give that blog a read, thanks.
Last edited by Zach; 12-02-2012 at 09:10 AM.
Even protein spikes insulin a little bit. And the more insulin spikes you have, the more blood sugar flowing through your body, the hungrier in general people seem to be.
Granted, this is seen in exaggerated measure in the "must eat every two hours or suffer debilitating blood sugar crash" CW-eating crowd, but it makes sense to me that everyone would suffer from this to some extent.
It's one reason why IFs can help curb hunger. Lower blood sugar, fewer insulin spikes, and all.