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J J
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I was on my way to lunch today when (appropriately enough) I heard someone moaning about how they needed to eat, and so I've finally bothered to ask...

For ages I've heard people go on about how they need to eat or they can't think, or will collapse from lack of energy into a wilted heap, or whatever. We're not talking about people with medical issues here, just people who claim not to function if they go without food for a few short hours.

So what the hell is this all about? I don't eat breakfast, and skipping lunch has no effect on my ability to think or perform. I'd probably have problems after not eating for a day or two, but 3 or 4 hours? And they treat it like some sort of crisis.

I boggle.
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Do they eat coffee beans?

 
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Hanger(Hunger + anger) struggle is real. If I don't eat within a certain time frame, I can get very bad headaches.
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Do they eat coffee beans?



Probably. The vast majority of people I meet appear to be addicts.

But coffee isn't what they mean with this.
 
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JasonJ0 wrote:

So what the hell is this all about? I don't eat breakfast, and skipping lunch has no effect on my ability to think or perform. I'd probably have problems after not eating for a day or two, but 3 or 4 hours? And they treat it like some sort of crisis.

I boggle.

I'm the same, I can get to 4pm on an empty stomach. But my body is used to this, and I thinks that's a big part of the answer. If I were to eat breakfast every day for 2 years things would be different I think.

I've been on cycling holidays where I did have the feeling I needed to eat. Regular protocol was overruled there.
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JasonJ0 wrote:
I was on my way to lunch today when (appropriately enough) I heard someone moaning about how they needed to eat, and so I've finally bothered to ask...

For ages I've heard people go on about how they need to eat or they can't think, or will collapse from lack of energy into a wilted heap, or whatever. We're not talking about people with medical issues here, just people who claim not to function if they go without food for a few short hours.

So what the hell is this all about? I don't eat breakfast, and skipping lunch has no effect on my ability to think or perform. I'd probably have problems after not eating for a day or two, but 3 or 4 hours? And they treat it like some sort of crisis.

I boggle.
Metabolism.
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JasonJ0 wrote:
I was on my way to lunch today when (appropriately enough) I heard someone moaning about how they needed to eat, and so I've finally bothered to ask...

For ages I've heard people go on about how they need to eat or they can't think, or will collapse from lack of energy into a wilted heap, or whatever. We're not talking about people with medical issues here, just people who claim not to function if they go without food for a few short hours.

So what the hell is this all about? I don't eat breakfast, and skipping lunch has no effect on my ability to think or perform. I'd probably have problems after not eating for a day or two, but 3 or 4 hours? And they treat it like some sort of crisis.

I boggle.
Metabolism.


I get headaches, cold sweats (if very bad) and mother of all hunger pains when I don't eat regularly enough. Like spear in the stomach pains.

What's with people not eating frequently enough, or that don't need to, I don't get it?
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I can definitely go 3 - 4 hours without eating . . . but if I start approaching about 6 hours with no food I will usually start to get a headache and become a bit short-tempered.
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It really is shocking how different something so universally needed is from person to person.

Also consider that you probably can't reasonably judge yourself on your ability to think or perform.
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Some people feel that they should eat when their stomach is not full (rather than actually empty). Also, a lot of people (naively) think that digestion begins and ends with the stomach, whist forgetting that the stomach is simply a 'buffer' (i.e. one's stomach can be empty whilst the upper/ lower digestive tracts still have plenty to work with).

I know of at least one person (personally) that will threaten to pass out any minute if not fed and watered (i.e. coffee) every 30 mins. This person definitely has a BMI greater than average.
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AdrianPHague wrote:
Some people feel that they should eat when their stomach is not full (rather than actually empty).


you guys do realize that to some their body adapts to this and the whole "addicted to food" joke is real, right?
Sure they can be snapped out of it but its a problem that too many people laugh at and dismiss just because they don't have it and can not imagine it. It is not the same as you just not eating for a day or two.
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If I don't eat something every 4 hours or so (at least a piece of fruit or some other snack), I get very lightheaded and find it difficult to function. Sometimes I can push it a bit, but if I ignore it too long, my whole body shuts down and it's like I have no energy. I suspect it's a blood sugar thing, although I don't really know the cause. Since it encourages me to eat properly, I've never had it checked. But yeah, it's real. I'm also one of those people who needs to eat 3 meals a day; skipping a meal leaves me ravenously hungry later on.
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For myself, the phrase makes no sense either.
It takes 8 to 10 hours of daytime activity before I start to feel hungry.
I eat at set times, every day, but I'm never actually hungry at lunch or supper time.
My normal routine is to eat nothing after 8:00 pm, and I'll often go to 11:30 the next morning with no cravings for food.

My wife has the "I need to eat" thing, though. So I know it's real.
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I wonder if some of it is from people who only drink at mealtimes, so it isn't hunger as much as dehydration.
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I've know people like that who cannot stand to not have the feeling of their stomach being full. They were also high on the BMI scale. I've dieted enough throughout my life that I can stand hunger pains and know that they go away after awhile and that I will not die. But to those who feel symptoms of discomfort it is very real and difficult.
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jbrecken wrote:
I wonder if some of it is from people who only drink at mealtimes, so it isn't hunger as much as dehydration.


I drink as much as anybody I know. If the recommended amount of water is 80oz. per day, I can do that by lunch.
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JasonJ0 wrote:
So what the hell is this all about? I don't eat breakfast, and skipping lunch has no effect on my ability to think or perform. I'd probably have problems after not eating for a day or two, but 3 or 4 hours? And they treat it like some sort of crisis.

I boggle.

It's all what you're used to, I suppose; though teenagers go though a lot of food.

Myself, I alternate day fast (mostly). In theory I'm 5:2 fasting, but it's just easier to alternate days. So, I stop eating whenever on a feed day, then I sleep, don't break-fast, usually have a pot of tea or an equivalent amount of water, and keep drinking water or tea until evening when I have under 600 calories (mostly protein), then I go to sleep, and often have tea in the morning again. The whole "fast" (under 600 calories) lasts around 36 hours. Rarely I just don't feel hungry on a fast day and skip the 600 calories; often I'm not that hungry on a feed day and don't eat until late afternoon or evening.

I feel more impaired after eating, my stomach monopolizing my metabolism.

I definitely have times when I feel hot, or not. I have had all my life. But it don't correlate to eating except post-carbohydrate tiredness. (And carbs lead to more carbs, I find, for me.) OTOH, once I get sleepy, I'm pretty worthless until I get some sleep or my second wind.
 
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I don't normally eat breakfast. I'll eat lunch at 11:30 and dinner at 7. And I'll have no problems doing a personal triathlon at the gym in the morning before eating again. Maybe occasionally my stomach will get all growley. But its not like I'll pass out or hit a performance wall (on the physical wall side of things, I have bicycled into a car and swum into the wall while doing laps. I have yet to run into a wall... I'm sure that's a matter of time).

If anything, I certainly don't like eating far too much food. That will make me sick.
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I don't need to eat every 4 hours or something, but I do know that if I go all day without eating (like, 4 pm and haven't had lunch yet) I can become ridiculously irritable.
 
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darthain wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
I was on my way to lunch today when (appropriately enough) I heard someone moaning about how they needed to eat, and so I've finally bothered to ask...

For ages I've heard people go on about how they need to eat or they can't think, or will collapse from lack of energy into a wilted heap, or whatever. We're not talking about people with medical issues here, just people who claim not to function if they go without food for a few short hours.

So what the hell is this all about? I don't eat breakfast, and skipping lunch has no effect on my ability to think or perform. I'd probably have problems after not eating for a day or two, but 3 or 4 hours? And they treat it like some sort of crisis.

I boggle.
Metabolism.


I get headaches, cold sweats (if very bad) and mother of all hunger pains when I don't eat regularly enough. Like spear in the stomach pains.

What's with people not eating frequently enough, or that don't need to, I don't get it?
They also do not drink...wine.
 
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Low blood sugar.

https://www.livestrong.com/article/510468-why-do-i-get-nause...
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It’s all variation in metabolism, both between people and variation within one person, based on time of day, sleep, stress, diet, exertion, etc. I have hiked for 20 hours without eating, without any hunger pangs or headaches, while I may work for just a few hours sitting working on the computer and have strong hunger pains and low blood sugar headache. So even within myself, my body varies in its ability to tap my energy stores.

Knowing I have food or I can easily get food tends to make me hungrier, so there is a mind over matter aspect to it all as well. Things like cutting down to one meal a day, eating low calorie density/high fiber food, and fasting, also can likely have strong effects on your metabolism, blood sugar regulation, hunger sensation, etc.
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casualcasual wrote:
Do they eat coffee beans?



Mmmmmm... coffeeeee beeeeens! <drools>

I skip dinner a lot which helps me when I want to loose weight, like now. 6'2" 210lbs and the doc tells me I need to drop 20.
 
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