This may sound like a stupid question but my "hopefully" post the other day got one comment from a gal who reported losing 150 lb. and keeping it off for four years without ever being hungry.
Two others reported that they really hadn't experienced hunger as they have been losing weight.
So when it's time for a meal you go ahead and eat because it's time to eat?
There are different degrees of hunger. I am hungry long before my stomach growls. That's what makes it so difficult to wait for the growl. Keeping busy is key here. I start out with hunger being a hollow, empty feeling - still haven't growled. It then goes to a soft bubbly sensation above the waist where the stomach is. It usually isn't too long before I growl. It's time to eat.
We must create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. It has always seemed obvious to me that the stomach growled because of the hydrochloric acid that builds up and without food to act upon the stomach eventually growls. During this time fat is being mobilized and enters the bloodstream to be used as fuel.
How do you feel when you are hungry? Do you get hunger feelings? (I try not to call them hunger pains because of the negative tone). If you don't get hungry do you go by the clock? I know water helps dilute the hydrochloric acid which will help. I know fiber helps with the feeling of fullness.
I also know the HALT acronym - don't get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Waiting for a growl is pretty hungry at that point. It doesn't scare me anymore.
I can't speak for everyone but I get hungry. How about you? Losing weight without ever feeling hungry sounds great to me. It just isn't my reality.