Eating Less Makes You Hungrier Than Not Eating At All

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This is part of an ongoing series, that will stretch out over the next month. It’s more or less going to be a daily fixture. They will cover possible upgrades that you can make for your mental and physical game. Feel free to pick out the ones you like and leave the rest for another day. We don’t have to make getting fit too complicated.

The Fit Conundrum – You’re starving, but pecking at something just makes things worse.

Next time you’re suffering under the throes of an empty stomach, and looking for something small to quench the flames, try passing on the five minute salad and settling for an empty plate instead. It just might work. In fact, chances are the hunger’s going to disappear, as it’s shuffled to the back of the deck. 

Eating little and often may sound like sage advice for a diet, but it’s not. For one, it’s going to hinge heavily on your ability to restrict portions during snacking time, which is going to be a mammoth task once the cravings begin to emerge. Portion control takes huge amounts of willpower, and it turns the diet into a constant drain on your mental resources.

And for a more important point, once you give in and have that first morsel of food, it’s going to kick up hunger to another notch. Food is back on the menu, and the brain now wants more. 

Having no food, no calories, will actually get you over the line, to the point where the wave hunger wanes away and is replaced by a bout of energy. Which makes perfect sense in the scope of our survival mechanics, which are as strong as ever. If you’re not getting the food you crave, you need to be alert and vigilant to capitalise when the next opportunity gets dangled in front of you.

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