I agree, listen to your body and do what feels right. Being obsessive about how much you eat is a bad thing IMO. I think if you feel lethargic and you need more energy, then eat more, if you feel fine and have plenty of energy there's no need to cram things in.
Well, with a catch - this diet is a little bit different because if you don't meet the minimum caloric requirements, you generally end up feeling like crap (low energy, headaches, etc.). I struggled for a good month when I first started out on this diet because I was not used to eating the huge amounts of food that you do on this diet, so my stomach had to get stretched out. And even now, I don't like doing 10-banana smoothies - I prefer breaking my meals down into smaller 700-calorie increments so I'm not waddling around haha.
But once you get past that point, definitely listen to your body. I've acclimated & have no trouble eating a bag of 20 clementine oranges or half a watermelon now...it's normal for me at this point! I do try to do a 24-hour fast at least once a month to give my digestion system a break, but beyond that, I just try to make sure I'm taking in enough calories & water so that I'm getting the right amount of nutrition & not getting dehydrated during the day.
I second that! Listening to your own body is key but if your body is not used to eating this way then it might be difficult judge if you need more food or not. I also tend to break my meals into smaller increments, it feels better.
The thing you said about fasting is something that I've been think about. Fasting 1 day a months seems like a good idea. Will fasting 2-3 days be even better? What's your take?
Courtney, we here do not recommend caloric "cycling" any more than we would sleep or dental hygiene cycling? There are appropriate lifestyle habits that need to be performed each and every day if we're to maintain optimal health, and eating enough cals is one of them.
Incidentally, our recommended minimums are 3K for gents, and 2500 for ladies:
Sam is correct that often we're so conditioned to eat just enough to merely squeak by through our day, rather than thrive with energy as we should, toward which end eating sufficient calories daily is a must. Don't "wait for hunger" or "go with your gut." Have a specific plan as verified by a caloric counter such as Chronometer to ensure you're consuming appropriate amounts. Over time, this may become automatic, but especially for those learning, it's vital to have quantifiable information you can rely upon to know you're on the right track.
If eating this much is a challenge, you're not alone. Just eat as much as you desire, then a few bites more. Over time these bites will multiply, until you're able to eat amply and with ease, never needing to "cram" anything.
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