Should we allow ourselves to be hungry before eating or should we just eat because it is “lunchtime”, for example?
I have been testing myself. Whenever I think I am hungry I think about eating steamed fish and broccoli. If this is appealing to me then I know I must be hungry because I am not typically turned on by these foods.
To me the signal of hunger is telling me that my body might need specific nutrients. Is waiting until I am hungry for them too late?[/quote]
If you’re not training for size or strength this is probably an okay approach.
I don’t imagine our ancestors ( we’re still like them physiologically speaking. ) took a look at the Sun phase and decide it was lunch. They say you crave different things based on nutrients you might be lacking. How true that is, I don’t know.[/quote]
Why should it be any different for the type of training I am doing?
Wouldn’t the type of training I am doing affect my hunger in specific ways and thus also signal for me to eat what and when?
I do train for strength - any hypertrophy gains are coincidental.[/quote]
I think this is more of a problem for really big guys or guys with fast metabolisms. To gain muscle in those scenarios you need to pack in calories, often far beyond the amount that will leave you satiated.
Unless you fall into one of those categories then I wouldn’t worry about it; just eat when you’re hungry. I do IF too, and at first I had to regiment myself to “no calories in before 2pm,” no matter how hungry I get. But after 2-3 months I stopped getting nasty hunger pangs, and now break my fast whenever I get hungry, anywhere from 12:00 - 3:00.