Your stomach walls have stretch receptors that sense fullness, and chemical receptors that detect which macronutrients you've eaten and give a sense of satiety as well. When the stomach has emptied, and until you next eat, you'll occasionally feel hunger pangs in the region of your ribs, which is completely harmless reminder to you to find something to eat fairly soon. While your stomach is empty it is just chilling out, cleansing/repairing itself, producing some fresh bile, not doing much other than nagging you.
Originally Posted by Warmbear
Sugar addicts describe hunger pangs as 'hunger pains' and will whinge and even get quite upset if they don't eat something every 3 hours to get rid of this pain they perceive. As a primal eater I would never describe hunger as a pain, as being punched or stabbed is pain, hunger is a pang, there is a big difference! I will quite happily ignore and sometimes not even notice being hungry for half a day. It's possible to filter out harmless bodily signals. Just as we learn not to cry when we need to pee but calmly hold onto it around the age of 3.
Of course if there is a genuine pain in the stomach there may be something wrong, such as an ulcer. Pain in the abdomen is more usually, beneath the ribs and to do with excessive trapped wind in the intestines, or IBS or similar.
Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
WOE: Primal + IF
Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
Goal: to see my abs some time in 2013!