Do not be alarmed, this not controversial advice, so there is no reason to be skeptical. We will not suggest you try some crazy diet just for the sake of weight loss or controlling Type 2 diabetes. There are healthy ways to go about these issues, and the idea is to discuss what works well without consequences. That said, we still hold the belief you should not eat right away when you feel hungry. Most likely you will realize it is not “real” hunger. Real hunger is said to occur when you have gone well beyond twelve hours without eating, or when you have overly deprived yourself.
Typically, you are usually advised to go twelve hours without any food intake before having blood tests. It is not too complicated to go this long without eating when you include the hours you sleep in the 12-hour window. All you have to do is delay or skip your breakfast.
Some would say a dozen hours without eating is enough to leave them completely lethargic and desperate for a meal. But we say this is just a period of fasting, and your body can handle it just fine most of the time.
This is not medical advice, but even a period of 16 to 24 hours of fasting would not induce real hunger, and could also be beneficial. But that is beside the point. What matters here is you should not take the first hunger pangs since the last eating to mean you need to eat “right now.” In most cases, you should delay your next meal. This is especially the case if you are doing your best to lose weight, but essential if you are looking to lower your blood sugar. You would be making it very difficult for yourself to eat every time you feel like it when treating Type 2 diabetes. You need to control your blood sugar spikes, otherwise, your insulin function will not return to a healthy level.
It is not a solution on its own, but it helps. Also, when you get used to eating less frequently and having long periods of time between your meals, you will be facilitating weight loss. Two meals a day, for instance, is often enough of an adjustment to induce weight loss on its own. Try it for yourself.
Eat when you are more likely to be truly hungry. As a bonus, you will enjoy your meals more as well.