Intermittent Fasting: How to talk to your stomach when you’re extremely hungry

Cross Mark.

Bet you’ve never heard of them but- this is a group of independent researchers who’ve dedicated their lives to nutritional research and intermittent fasting.

Despite them presenting thousands of finds proving that intermittent fasting increases insulin sensitivity, improves stress resistance, reduces morbidity and increases human lifespan…

…this lifestyle still isn’t as common as your average house-hold breakfast Cereal. Chances are it’ll stay this way for a while.
And for the most part its not your fault.

Why so?

Hunger Manipulation & FOOD MARKETING wins!

See, companies like Kellogs spend 120 million dollars a year preaching how breakfast is the the most important meal of the day.

They’ll use hunger against you. Our brains have been programmed to believe we actually need at least 3 meals a day, breakfast being “the most important of them all”. Definitely not true but we’ve been made to believe so.

Still doubting?
Alright, I won’t get so much in details but did you know that 80% of studies that claim breakfast to be the most important meal of the day are all financed by food companies?

And so many others…

Frankly Intermittent fasting isn’t as fun, sounds “unhealthy” and I’ve never heard of a doctor making any money off an Intermittent fasting subscription but the health benefits surpass any other diet that I’ve ever tried. Plus, its pretty much the most sustainable.

I personally last had breakfast 4 months ago but I’m stronger  and healthier than ever. Here’s how I handled the problem of getting hungry when I started my journey: 

  • Simply talk to your stomach.

Literally…
To pull this off, you’ll need to talk to your mind but as you know, we humans don’t operate like that. We get hungry, then feed our stomachs, period.

Think about it, when you are hungry, all your attention goes to the stomach. So much that all your brain does is to get you thinking of ways to feed. Right?

This simple magical question will help a LOT- “Am I really hungry?” Ask yourself this question, most times, it will open up a meaningful discussion in your head. It won’t be easy but like I mention in the next point below, put some emotion to your “why”. Think about how bad you’ll feel when you give in to unhealthy snacks.

Just like making changes in diet or sudden change of lifestyle, the body is going to be shocked simply because this is not the usual routine. Through persistence, the body eventually adapts because that’s what we humans do, evolve and adapt.

  • Need to have a strong-emotional “Why”

Why are you really doing this in the first place? Your reason should be your number one motivation.
This is what it boils down to. I’ll be honest with you, your first week of intermittent fasting is going to be quite hard. You’ll experience some symptoms like overall weakness, lightheaded, grumpy, headaches… Remember, its all in your head.

To pull this off, you’ll need a reminder of why you are doing this and how you’ll feel if you fail.

Mine was

 

 

The simple way would be gradually introducing intermittent fasting. This will give you body the much needed room to adjust and adapt.

 

 

 

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