|May 15, 2012||Posted by Carrie under mindful eating|
I finally found a bone to pick with my favorite Fat 2 Fit Radio guys. They’re always talking about how they get to eat all this food while maintaining their healthy lifestyle and they’re never hungry.
I don’t think it’s a good idea to not be hungry. I really believe in the philosophy of Intuitive Eating. I’ve talked about it before, but here’s a fantastic article on the principles of Intuitive Eating from Katie Heddleston, RD. She’s written a whole series that I would highly recommend to read.
Here’s the thing – if you aren’t hungry, don’t eat. If you’re hungry, eat.
Now, I’m not saying that you should let yourself get to the point of being starving, but hunger is a good thing. I used to fear my hunger. I would eat before I got hungry because I hated the feeling of being ‘over hungry’. But hungry and over hungry are not the same things.
When you’re hungry it means that your metabolism is fired up and ready to go. If you don’t allow yourself to get hungry, I don’t think you can also recognize when you are full.
Nutrition professionals recommend that you evaluate your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10. It’s okay to feel a 4. You shouldn’t let yourself get to 10 – that’s the danger zone of being so hungry you can’t stop eating. Everyone is going to be different, but it’s recommended that when you reach a 6ish, that’s when you should eat. Intuitive Eating experts suggest pausing during your meal to reevaluate your hunger. This way you won’t eat to the point of being overstuffed.
It’s not okay to just eat because it’s been a set amount of time since your last meal. You should eat when you are hungry. Yes, that hunger should appear after 2-3 hours if you are eating small meals and your metabolism is working in a healthy way. But don’t eat just because the clock tells you to.
Eat because you’re hungry. Eat to nourish your body. Eat to enjoy the flavor and experience of the food.
I’m hoping that my Fat 2 Fit friends are using the term ‘you’re never hungry’ to mean that they feel satisfied between meals and then get hungry in time to eat again.
Do you agree? Is a decent amount of hunger a good thing?
I am not a trained nutrition professional. I am working towards that goal. Please consult a professional before making important changes to your diet. This blog is my opinion.