Hunger and Time of Day
- 03-13-2009, 12:26 PM
Hunger and Time of Day
Does anyone know the reason why people normally get very hungry at night yet have no appetite in the morning? The percentage of people who don't eat breakfast support this theory.
It should be the opposite, but as it is, one should take advantage of this. Simple math tells us that if we can fight off that nightly hunger pang, we just saved our bodies of possibly 300+ calories, and because the night-day phenomenon is not cumulative, we won't overeat the next morning, and so the effect is automatic.
300+ automatic calories not consumed every day would equal about 2 lbs every 3 weeks. This means if you usually eat 1-2 hours before going to sleep and suddenly stop, you would basically lose 2.5 lbs a month changing nothing else (or if you're over maintenance anyway, you would prevent that extra gain).
I know there's metabolism to think about, but as long as you are consuming enough calories during the day, a few hours of fasting won't switch your brain to "starvation" mode; that's not how it works.
I wanna read some thoughts of others about this, but I believe people generally do consume too many calories just before going to sleep, which basically means unneeded calories, and stopping this practice, in my opinion, is a great way to kick-start weight-loss, which is the hardest part. Once a few lbs melt away, people usually get confident and start working out, eating healthier, etc.
That's how I kick-started my weight-loss and I have gone from 215 lbs of sebaceous folds of joy to 178 lbs of lean, mean, slightly plump mid-section (haha) weight-lifting machine.
- 03-14-2009, 07:39 PM
Intersting theories. My only comment is that I think most people wake up hungry. They will often pour in the caffeine to overcome the effects.
- 03-14-2009, 11:42 PM
03-15-2009, 04:06 PM
03-16-2009, 12:06 AM
03-16-2009, 12:56 AM
like i just said in another thread it may depend on what is consumed and when. of course what you say would jump start weight loss...but thats for someone that needs to weight and where any diet change will provide results. some people are more finely tuned and that latenight meal won't phase them at all.
my answer to your question is 'programming'. peoples bodies have simple gotten used to the times they eat and are expected to by the brain over a period of time!
03-16-2009, 01:39 AM