How do I handle real hunger in between meals? Help, I am hungry!

I can understand your frustration with being hungry as you introduce a whole new lifestyle. Remember that it will pass, and no one ever starved to death between meals.

If you have weight to lose, you’ll start off on a weight-loss food plan, and some amount of hunger is to be expected. That’s the natural consequence of eating fewer calories than your body needs to sustain your current weight…and that’s how you’ll be losing the weight.

The good news is when you eliminate sugar and flour, you will get rid of the dramatic swings in blood sugar that cause this kind of mental shut-down. It takes time, but soon enough you’ll find yourself coasting from meal to meal without any problems.

Try to distract yourself with walks, or even naps, reading the Bright Line Eating website, watching video modules or vlogs, interacting in the Online Support Community, meditating, or reaching out to a friend—really anything to help you pass the time.

I think hunger is a sensation. It’s not an emotion, not a “thing,” and not an entity. It’s just a sensation—like the feeling of pinpricks when your leg falls asleep, or the feeling of being tickled by a feather.  

I think the first and foremost decision you could make right now to empower yourself is to decide to not eat outside your Bright Line Eating food plan, hunger or no hunger. The food plan is designed to minimize hunger, while at the same time allowing for dramatic, rapid weight loss. You will not starve to death. Not even close. Many people feel no hunger on the plan and most feel only a little, whereas very few feel more than a little. But nobody starves to death. The next meal is always just around the corner. You are safe.  

If you can dig deep inside and make that commitment, to NOT EAT, NO MATTER WHAT, then you will be safe to explore this hunger thing and what it means to you. So long as eating addictively is still an option, you won’t be safe to explore the mental and emotional encumbrances you have attached to the notion of “hunger,” and you will still be enslaved to those thoughts and feelings.  

This is a time to remember that hunger is not an emergency, even though we sometimes feel like it is. Read and implement your emergency action plan. Go online, ask for support, and be of service to someone else. Journal. Call your buddy. Make a gratitude list. Meditate. And remember, there is always another meal coming.