How I experience hunger has evolved in the last 10 weeks since I went cold turkey on sweets. Back in January I would have said hunger is an almost uncontrollable urge to eat cheesecake. I’d buy a Sara Lee Cherry Cheesecake and tell myself that I’d just have a little because I was a “good boy” . I had done all the planned workouts since last time I gave into this urge and deserved a treat. More often than not, once I started in I’d eat the whole thing. Soon afterward, I’d feel regret and shame.
Now I’d describe hunger in two ways. The first is after a weight resistance workout and the feeling is a general feeling of depletion. I’ve found that if I eat a banana asap afterwards the depth of the depletion is greatly decreased. I’ve never been fond of bananas before but now they’re like magic. The second feeling of hunger is a low grade headache that appears fairly predictably if I haven’t eaten for awhile. Thru experimentation, I’ve found that If I eat high fiber complex carbs that It shows up at a rate of 100 calories per hour. In other words, if I eat 400 calories then it’ll be back 4 hours later. Once the feeling starts happening only carbs will make it go away. High protein food must be eaten before I get this feeling.
I no longer view a growling stomach as a sign of hunger. It’s just a sign that my stomach is empty.
So how do you describe hunger?