One of the toughest things to defeat is the ominous, Huger Later! My mother was very fond of the statement, “Are you sure that’s enough, I don’t want you getting hungry later.” I am sure it was her firm belief that the Bogyman was real and snatched hungry children.
Even as an adult, I have well intentioned friends who insist that I eat more so I don't get hungry later. These are the same people who will eat a massive meal for lunch hoping that it will satisfy them so they won’t have to eat another meal for the rest of the day.
And I'm no saint in this. I would dive into a large pizza, eat until I was nearly busting and then finish it off with one extra slice just to make sure I stayed full.
But now that I'm trying to lose weight and thinking about my health, I have to ask, why are we so frightened of becoming hungry later?
It’s not like I have to track 50 miles to run down a deer on foot to get another meal (but wouldn’t that be the world’s most successful diet).
We, as Americans live in a country where food is plentiful, widely available, and dirt cheap (which is, of course, part of the problem). What’s really going to happen if I do get hungry later? Answer: I’ll eat something!
And the odds are pretty high that I won’t become hungry later. Last week I ate half a Jimmy Johns Tuna sandwich for lunch (no chips). I had no doubt that I would be ravenous by 5pm. The fact was, I didn’t feel hungry again until I got home and started making dinner; even then, I wasn’t ravenous.
And even if I had become hungry later in the day, I keep a stash of cheese sticks, fruit cups, and Greek yogurt less than 20 feet from my desk.
I realize it's a training process. I have to learn to trust the portions, rather than cramming myself to the point of sickness, for fear of, “hungry later”. It is something I have to stop and think about every time I eat. I have to ask myself, "Am I still hungry or am I just eating to eat?" "What if I eat a little less and have a cheese stick or fruit cup in an hour?" But now that I'm starting to get the hang of it I am beginning to realize how silly and unhealthy it is to eat now in order to satisfy a future hunger.