14 Ways to Control Hunger When Intermittent Fasting
"I'll be too hungry!" is the comment I always hear when I talk about intermittent fasting (IF), which is a lifestyle that involves fasting for a certain amount of time (usually 16 hours) and eating all your meals within a certain window (usually an eight-hour window). In the beginning, a little hunger and growling stomach is completely normal — your body is feasting on its fat stores! You may have a dull headache, feel slightly faint, have low energy, be dizzy, or feel cranky — also completely normal — but if you ever feel like something isn't right, stop the fast, eat something, and try again another time (after getting the green light from your doctor).
What's great about IF is that your body quickly adjusts to this new timing of eating, so within a couple weeks, you'll barely feel any hunger at all. In the meantime, here are ways to prevent or deal with hunger during those initial first few weeks.