Experimenting with a spectrum of diets and the rising popularity of intermittent fasting led many people to the same surprising observation.
Higher periods of fasting or less food consumption lowers the feeling of hunger in the long term.
It’s important to highlight, that this fact is not true immediately after changing the dietary habits. Your body needs some time to adopt the (hormonal) changes.
Studies have shown that for people on standard diets, concentrations of hunger hormone “ghrelin” were present in peak quantities at the common meal times, breakfast, lunch or dinner. This was mostly independent of whether the participants consumed larger amounts of food beforehand with their previous meals. The emphasis is on regularity, the schedule in which human body expects nutrient intake.
Your body unpleasantly but harshly signals the withdrawal of something, it might not even need. What is this if not food addiction?
Thinking about regular hunger or increased appetite as an addiction response also explains, why elimination diets are so hard to go through.