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How hungry is hungry--another metabolism question(7 posts)

How hungry is hungry--another metabolism questionColnagoFE
Jan 16, 2003 9:38 AM
A lot of you say that you have to be hungry all the time and before bed to lose weight, but how do you determine what is "a little hungry" and "not hungry"? I think to lose weight your main goal would be to stabilize insulin release throughout the day...maybe by eating little meals all day long rather than starving yourself at certain parts of the day then suddenly introducing food causing a huge insulin spike. Wouldn't being hungry all the time lead to your metabolism slowing down? Exactly the opposite of what you'd want for long-term weight loss.
re: How hungry is hungry--another metabolism questionPEDDLEFOOT
Jan 16, 2003 9:56 AM
Being hungry all the time means that you are continually burning calories and your body is requesting more fuel(food) to burn.What this means is that your metabolism is in high gear to cotinually provide the body with energy to sustain itself.

Eating small meals throughout the day will keep your metabolism working and burning calories throughout the day.If your active and your body requires more energy it will look at stored fat as a source of energy and fat burning will increase as well.Eat well(lean protein,complex carbs,etc.)and stay active and you will probably not have to worry about weight problems.This will also provide long term weight loss if you increase activity or decrease total calories throughout the day.
re: How hungry is hungry--another metabolism questionJon Billheimer
Jan 16, 2003 10:33 AM
I think if you're training fairly vigorously you need to be careful about shorting yourself too much, simply because you can end up chronically glycogen-depleted which will affect recovery and overall performance. I made that mistake four years ago while training for a double century on the Zone diet. I did lose weight (got down to 5% body fat), but I also bonked on the double, lost strength over the training period and generally stressed myself out both physically and emotionally.

If you're just a bit hungry at bedtime, that's okay since you then won't be storing fat while you're sleeping. But to stay hungry all the time unless you have a major weight issue I think is a mistake.
Agreed...PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 16, 2003 11:02 AM
...sorry if I implied that you should feel hungry all the time.I was trying to explain the reason you feel that way and if weight loss was a goal how to go about it in a sensible way rather than crash diets or starving oneself.
re: Hungry is hungrydzrider
Jan 16, 2003 11:06 AM
I find it hard enough to wait until I feel physically hungry before eating much less leaving the table hungry. If I go to bed wanting to eat, but not yet feeling physical hunger I feel pretty grateful.
re: How hungry is hungry--another metabolism questionjrm
Jan 16, 2003 3:57 PM
Thats what ive been practicing for about 7 months. But ive been lifting so any noticable weight loss is being realized. But in terms of my muscle to fat ratio..im working on it.
Absolutely indeterminantKerry
Jan 16, 2003 5:32 PM
First of all, hunger is like pain, or maybe even is a kind of pain. We all feel it differently. And, as the old joke goes, "It's metaphysically impossible for me to know how you feel." The practical answer is that if you are not losing the weight, then you need to be more hungry. If you're feeling weak and losing weight fast, then be less hungry. And, never feel stuffed. Finally, if you post this kind of question on the fitness and nutrition board, you'll get a more sustained discussion before the thread scrolls off the bottom of the page.