Hunger Is Real

A friend posted this article on Facebook today from the New York Times:

Diet Advice That Ignores Hunger

I have several thoughts on this, I found it to be interesting reading. My first thought is that this trend of articles complaining about how unrealistic it is to lose weight and keep it off obviously consider me and people like me to be freakish outliers. That’s an interesting feeling. I’m here, I’m real, and I’m doing what they say is impossible. So.

My second thought is that it’s all well and good for him to talk about how hard it is and what a strong force hunger plays (this part is absolutely true – you can’t discount hunger as a motivating factor for humans!). But what he fails to do is consider options for handling it. There ARE options for dealing with hunger while still maintaining a healthy weight. I’m living proof. One of those strategies is to focus on eating foods with Low Caloric Density – foods that provide low calories per bite. Here’s my article on that from a couple years back.

I agree with the article’s main premise – hunger is a biological phenomenon that is absolutely an issue in weight control. Health care professionals would do well to consider offering their patients strategies to handle it instead of ignoring hunger as a factor altogether. However there are strategies to handle it. It can be done. I’m living proof.

 

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3 Responses to “Hunger Is Real”

  1. amandaturner612 Says:

    I think it’s so important (at least for me) to stop being afraid of hunger. I, for some reason, have this idea in my head at times that being hungry is dangerous, bad, needs to be fixed immediately, etc., when in reality, it’s just a physical indicator. Like being tired. Or needing to use the restroom. These things need to be tended to, but not the instant we feel them.

  2. Laurie Says:

    I found it interesting that the only FDA-approved drugs for treating obesity are appetite suppressants. I have also had to accept that when I’m in a phase of needing to lose weight, I’m going to have to deal with some hunger. I usually go to bed hungry when I’m actively dieting. It works for me but not for Greg, who can’t get to sleep if he’s hungry. Also, I agree with the previous poster!


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