What’s going on, guys? Today I want to talk about the issue of hunger during a fat loss phase and basically just address the fact that, yes, it is normal to feel hungry to a certain degree while you’re in a cutting phase and you’re trying to lean down.
In order to lose body fat you need to be eating in a calorie deficit where you’re consistently burning more calories than you consume, there’s no way around that. And when you do eat in a calorie deficit over an extended period of time your body is naturally going to send out hunger signals to some degree to try to motivate you to eat and you are gonna experience increased cravings that you’re gonna have to deal with and manage throughout the process.
And I know this sounds pretty simple on the surface but the reason I wanted to talk about this is because I think for beginners out there who buy sarms and are trying to lean down, or those who might be finishing up their first focused bulk and who are going to be doing their first cutting phase, it’s really important to understand this and accept beforehand that it is a natural part of the process.
I think some people tend to get misled by certain content they might see on youtube or an Instagram where fat loss is basically portrayed as being easy as long as you follow that specific person’s dietary approach, or you buy their program, or their supplements or whatever else. If you just use intermittent fasting and drink coffee then fat loss is going to be an effortless process, or if you follow a ketogenic diet or you use carb backloading or some specific macronutrient breakdown then you can lose fat and build the body of your dreams without ever feeling any cravings at all.
And while that is very marketable and it sounds great on paper, it sells programs really well,it’s just not the reality of how things actually work in the real world. Now, I’m definitely not saying you have to starve yourself or that you have to experience huge amounts of hunger just to lose some body fat, that’s definitely not the case, and,yes, there are several strategies you can use to minimize that hunger as much as possible,and, yes, there will be individual variation at play as well.
But regardless of any of that, the fact remains that some degree of background hunger during certain periods of the day, some degree of increased cravings and desires for certain foods that you’ll have to learn to keep under control, some degree of energy loss as you maintain your deficit and drop your body fat lower and lower, is normal and it is to be expected. It doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong, it’s just a natural byproduct of consuming fewer calories than your body requires to maintain its current weight.
I mean, if you’re someone who’s overweight then you have to think about how you gain that fat in the first place. The reason you gained body fat is because you were eating in an ultimately unnecessary calorie surplus over an extended period of time, long enough that that fat was able to accumulate.