Are you really hungry, or are you eating out of habit? Knowing which TYPE of hunger you’re dealing with can help you better manage your response to it.
This is REAL hunger. It’s when your stomach is growling, you want to grab something PRONTO and may even feel a little weak. This kind of hunger typically comes on gradually, but sometimes you get busy and it takes you by surprise. That’s real hunger. When you feel this way, don’t use the term “starving”. The thing is, some people really are starving. You are in control of what you eat, even when you really are physically hungry.
Sights, smells, tastes. It could be seeing the donuts in the breakroom at work. Smelling the pretzel stand in the mall, or having a taste of something that is simply fabulous and wanting MORE of it. When this happens, put it off as long as possible. Get the food out of sight. Ask yourself if you really NEED this eating opportunity.
When you’re stressed, lonely, or bored sometimes you will use food as a means of coping. You turn to alcohol to ease stress. You turn to comfort food when lonely. It’s a very common type of hunger. It can also happen when you begin to self-sabotage your progress. You’re seeing results, but subconsciously you lack self-belief in yourself to truly transform. Often, when your progress goes beyond your lack of belief in yourself you revert back to your old habits. Read about more ways to End Emotional Eating
We often eat according to beliefs or thoughts about what we should or should be doing. This includes eating out of habit or by the clock. You have set mealtimes, but eat even though you’re not hungry. Or, you believe you need to eat three meals a day and an afternoon snack even if you truly don’t need one.
Sleep Deprivation Hunger
When we don’t get good quality sleep, studies show we actually feel hungrier. The hormone ghrelin, the hunger hormone, goes UP. We start craving carbs for energy instead of giving our bodies what it really needs, sleep.
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