I generally feel really good. I get hunger waves occasionally but nothing crazy and passes quickly. If I’m still hungry after a half an hour I always eat.
Then you are definitely on the right track.
That is correct It’s about hormone control (primarily insulin) rather than calorie control as a primary lever.
The most important thing is to keep your carbohydrate low. This will permit your insulin level to drop, and in turn, your fat cells will be able to release excess fat to be metabolized.
But even in a low-carb context, the body doesn’t like to let go of its fat cushion if it thinks there isn’t enough food around. It will hang on to fat just to be safe. But given enough calories, the body will let go of that excess fat and will set your appetite so that some of your energy needs will be met by your food intake, and the rest will come from excess stored fat. In a low-insulin context, most people can trust their satiety signaling to handle this automatically.