How To Stop Feeling Hungry — A Tip From Yours Truly
Posted Oct 21 2012 3:34pm
Sorry for a second post in one day; I’m in a bit of a manic episode with my eating disorder this weekend, so bear with me:
One of the main questions I get is, “How do you stop feeling hungry?”
My short answer: I don’t.
I’m sure there are lurkers who read my blog and look to me as “thinspiration.” They wish they could be like me, or weigh as much as I do, or eat as little as I do, or have enough “willpower” as I do.
But reality check: I don’t have super powers that make my hunger pangs disappear. I don’t go through the day walking on clouds or walking between raindrops or floating on air or whatever other anorexic cliche that girls wish they could do.
I’m hungry. All the fucking time. 24/7. Whether I’m feeling physically hungry or emotionally hungry (and trust me, I have about four different types of hunger I’ve identified), there is no point throughout the day I am not depriving myself of something my body needs. And you know what? By doing so, I end up overeating/bingeing, which is SO passe and un-anorexic-like. But guess what? That’s what happens when you starve yourself. It ends up working against you. And it will happen eventually.
I don’t have any magical tips to stop from being hungry. Those who diet try to function by suppressing their hunger. Those with eating disorders try to function DESPITE their hunger.
I don’t try to starve because I’m dieting. I starve because I have the compulsion to do so. A compulsion is defined as something you do despite knowing you shouldn’t, or not wanting to, yet you do it anyway because you feel like you HAVE to.
I don’t want to starve. I want to eat. I want to feel normal. But I can’t, because I have a mental illness that prevents me from doing so. I have no control over that part of the eating disorder.
When people ask me for tips or tricks, I want to shake them:
The human body isn’t really that complicated. If you eat healthy foods in the right proportions (which means reading food labels and actually following serving guidelines, GASP!) and engage in moderate exercise, your body will naturally lose the weight it’s supposed to (if it’s supposed to). There’s a reason why the obesity rate is so high now vs. a couple of hundred years ago when America was first founded: people are eating more and moving less.
You aren’t fat because you have a lack of willpower. You are fat because you are impatient and don’t want to take the time to lose weight the healthy way.
If you are fat because of emotional reasons (aka compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder), then trust me, the last thing you need is a diet. You need a therapist, because no matter what you do, losing weight isn’t going to fix whatever is broken inside you. Eating disorders (REAL eating disorders) aren’t about the weight or the food — they are about whatever you are stuffing down or barfing up or starving away.
So, to anyone who wants to know how to stop from feeling hungry, here’s my answer:
EAT SOME FOOD.
It’s not ROCKET SCIENCE! If you are eating right and exercising, you can live a healthy lifestyle without having to feel hungry. Hunger does not equal success. It is possible to eat and lose weight.
SAY NO TO DIETING AND YES TO HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES. AND YES, LIFESTYLE MEANS FOR-EV-ER.