As I was eating all kinds of planned and random food today, I realized there are two things I no longer do. I don't ignore hunger and I don't stop eating before I'm satisfied. I did those two things ALL the time when I was restricting. That was the plan every day. If you feel hunger (or think about food, or want food, or can't focus on anything but food), your body is probably wrong (?!) and you don't really need it. Better wait a good long time to be sure. Then when you do eat, try to control it in some stupid way that has nothing to do with how hungry you feel. Measure it, track it, second guess it, use little plates and various "tricks" so you can stop eating before you've had enough.
How is any of that a good idea? It just makes us crazy and food obsessed.
It has become so normalized though. You get the impression that everyone limits, measures, and manipulates their eating. If you can't do it you're a failure, which is bonkerdoodles. Restriction is what makes us feel out of control around food, and then feeling out of control causes us to restrict. Around and around it goes! Learning to recognize and trust your own appetite breaks the cycle.