I've been having problems with hunger lately. Specifically, never feeling satiated after a meal, regardless of macro composition or food volume/quantity. I've been experimenting with IF for a while, and the fast seems to help, but it seems like once I begin eating, it becomes almost impossible to stop. I've also tried eating all my food early in the day, but that doesn't help either. A perfect example is this morning. I woke up at 3 in the morning with this gnawing, burning hunger sensation in my stomach. I went down stairs, had a drink and tried to go back to sleep to no avail. An hour and a half later, I decided to go have something small. I have a couple hard boiled eggs and went back to bed, but it didn't help. Usually I don't eat breakfast, but I figured I'd give it a shot and eat breakfast this morning until I was satisfied. An hour later, and I've eaten a dozen eggs, two avocados, two tablespoons of butter, two tablespoons of coconut oil, a 12 oz pork chop, some shredded chicken breast and about a pound of kale. It's only been two hours since I've eaten, and I have this burning, empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. This isn't an every day occurrence, but it's often enough. It's to the point where I can't stop thinking about food because I'm constantly hungry; it's turned into a bit of an obsession. Like I said, macro composition rarely helps, even when I keep my carbs to strictly sweet potato. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this, or what my problem might be. I've done a little research and it may be something like GERD, but I would think that would only be exacerbated by things like gluten/sugary carbs, which I didn't eat at all this morning. It was strictly fats and proteins. I'm seriously concerned, I put down probably two thousand calories before six in the morning and I'm still hungry.
I have a fairly limited carb sweet spot range100 grams plus or minus twenty/ thirty. Every time I flirt with my Ketosis fantasy (It sounds like such a hoot to try an entirely different brain/body energy source to glucose :)) Sort of like the parellel universe on the original Star Trek! and even better than reefer if that's even possible. So every time I try to move the carbs down I get "hungry" , no matter how much fat I add. Looks like you're in the same situation. Enjoy your carbs! Live long and prosper!
I get the same insatiable appetite on VLC. I could eat huge amounts of fat, protein and fiber - until I was uncomfortably stuffed - and still feel like I was starving.
I am guessing you are thin and/or lean, naturally.
If I were you I'd starting eating a minimum of 150g of carbs per day, at regular intervals. It's what I do. :D I feel best with pure starch (I eat white potatoes, white rice and sweet potatoes most regularly) but some people like fruit for carbs as well.
Another angle on "hunger": It may not be metabolic in nature. It may be a structural issue. I have found that if my spine is out of alignment around the T8 to T11 area I get digestive issues: mild pain , gas and hunger are the symptoms. A good chiro might work, but I would try a Neuromuscular Therapist in your area. I recommend a Neuromuscular therapist over a chiro because the "NMT" will also be able to do visceral massage and directly treat the organs of digestion, this in addition to reenervating the organs of digestion from the spinal cord side of the problem. This is a very low tech Paleo-ish solution, no meds, no high tech tests,just eyeball postural analysis and one or two skilled thumbs and a few trained fingers.
i get these days frequently. i always have. back when i was eating "SHAD" i would convince myself that my metabolism was revving and if i resisted the urge to eat, i would loose some body fat. since fat loss was a goal for me, i did not indulge.
i have come to believe that its a hormone/chemical thing; that my brain is mistaking some deficiency as hunger. on these days i drink more water, eat liver, lift some weight and suffer through.
Sounds like a common symptom of IF. Try eating more regular meals until the situation resolves itself. It sounds like in addition to potential stomach issues, your hormone levels are messed up. Try reading about the GAPS diet, Wheat Belly, and The Quilt for more information. I know that I can be sensitive to a particular food such as wheat or grain fiber for a couple of days, no matter what else I eat.
To echo what other people have offered above: eat your carbs.
He's not always a popular name to mention, but Lyle McDonald has written some fascinating articles about the effects of long-term dieting on leptin, ghrelin, and the metabolism overall. After a period of low-carb dieting, it often helps to do a high-carb refeed to restore the body's hormones back to a pre-diet level.
Skipping past the technical stuff, I'll say this: I've had those days where I can't seem to stop thinking about food. They usually happen after I've been in ketosis for a week or two (eating around 50g carbs daily), and they usually indicate to me that it's time to up my carb intake considerably for 5 hours or so every few weeks. Last weekend I packed away about 300g carbs, as an example, and this week has been wonderful -- no more cravings, no real weight gain (aside from a little water weight that quickly disappeared), and greater leanness overall.
Here's an article worth reading: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/muscle-gain/calorie-partitioning-part-2.html.
Enjoy! :) Hope this helps.