I eat anywhere from 1800-2200 calories a day. I wake up, eat breakfast (usually eggs cooked in coconut oil with sausages), a couple hours later, I'm hungry again so I eat maybe 1/2 cup (sometimes more!) of nuts, then lunch (meat/fish with veggies), then I'm ridiculously hungry again so I usually eat an avocado, a couple tablespoons of nut butter, and cook myself up an omelet, then I work out, then I eat dinner (more meat with veggies). But even in between meals and snacks, I'm hungry. I try to stave off eating snacks as long as possible until it's the only thing I can think about. I'm not trying to lose weight (I'm pretty tiny--5'3", 105 lbs) so should I just eat MORE?
And I've been reading several of Mark Sisson's posts on intermittent fasting and with my appetite and apparent NEED for food, should I not force myself into doing IF?
I'd just eat when hungry; you're not trying to lose weight, so why force it? Also, if you're just starting out, it may be better to focus first on your food for awhile and get that dialed in, then play with stuff like IF later on if you feel so inclined- you don't want to get discouraged right off the bat by feeling hungry all the time. Just my $.02 :)
For what it's worth, when I IF I'm often hungry at first/for a while but then the hunger goes away at around, say, the 14 or 15-hour mark.
This may not in any way apply to you, but it's been my experience.
Yes stick with it. You might still be adapting, for some people it takes over a month, which is where you are now. Seems like you are getting in fat, which is a common mistake most people make. That being the case, your body is still probably used to getting regular doses of glucose, so you are still craving these sugars.
Give it a bit more time. In the meantime keep feeding your body good fat and protein. Also try eating more per meal. For example, how many eggs for breakfast are you having?
For a person as active as you, it appears you need to eat 1000 plus calories for breakfast to incude 75 grams of proten and the rest good fats like the CO oil. Each tablespoon of CO has 117 calories.
4 to 6 eggs a day cooked in CO, plus a few slices of bacon, plus 4oz of beef pan fried in CO oil, plus perhaps a small yam precooked to soft and then smashed and then panfried in CO oil til just brown will get you through dinner without the cravings. I am 68 6' 2" weight stable at 160 and this is my breakfast almost every morning. I absolutely never think of food til about 4pm. No snacks...ever because my body has told my brain it is satiated. And my brain says OK! No snacks.
I don't eat many vegetables as I have have learned that there really are no essential carbohydrates for humans to do quite well...so I don't.
I do HIIT sprinting 2x per week for 5 min a session and 2x a week heavy lifting to failure for 15 min each session.
My total intake of CO is about 8 tablespoons a day. My total caloric intake averages around 1600 cal..which means about 60% of my calories are coconut oil.
Yes, you need to eat more at breakfast.
You eat like caveman/woman..breakfast early in the AM...and dinner a few hours before sleeping...you will gain muscle without bulking up. Then you will be truly a fat burner.