Here is my completely honest opinion on hunger. So you want to lose weight? You’re gonna have to go on a diet then I’m afraid, and join a gym. In all honesty that means that you are probably going to experience hunger at some point in the very near future. See for a while there, a lot of personal trainers were telling people that they could lose weight whilst eating more, and that feeling hunger was a bad sign. As if losing weight whilst eating more food was even possible!
“You need to drink more water, or snack regularly so that you are never feeling hungry” they proclaimed “Stoke the metabolic furnace”. All bollocks! You see when you get down to it, hunger is inevitable. I’m hungry right now and I’m not even trying to lose weight. But I have a lot of work to do and am nowhere near a source of food and you know what? I’ll survive. My muscles won’t cannabilise themselves for energy (they wouldn’t get much of a meal out of it anyway!) and it doesn’t mean that I will immediately buy 400 Mars bars like some kind of mindless zombie.
Truth is that if you want to lose weight you will need to consume less calories than you were before and that will lead to you feeling more hungry than previously. I’m not talking starvation here …. just a slight increase in hunger at certain points in the day. If you want the results, some sacrifices are going to have to be made. You know that irritating phrase “How much do you want it?” this is one of the few situations where that actually applies.
There is however a trick to avoiding hunger, that I learnt whilst researching another article. Decaffeinated coffee has been proven to suppress hunger and increase satiety after a meal . It does this by increasing the hormone PYY which is responsible for making you feel full. So give that a try if you want. But you’ll probably still have to endure hunger whilst attempting to reach your goal!
References Greenberg, J., Geliebter, A. 2012. Coffee, hunger, and peptide YY. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 31(3): 160-6