I will give you some great tips on how to determine if your hunger is caused by an emotional trigger or if you are truly hungry. But first it is important for you to understand how your general attitude regarding food has an effect on achieving your weight loss goals.
Some people turn to food for comfort and, in a way, it serves as their salvation when they’re suffering from a broken heart, bored, lonely, depressed, etc. This, in essence, is a form of self-medication. Then there are other people who see food as their enemy. Neither of these attitudes are healthy. Because strong emotion is involved in both scenarios, both of them can lead to overeating and weight gain instead of loss. Does this sound illogical to you?
This may seem very well seem illogical to you. You may wonder why a person who sees food as the enemy would overeat. Any time there is strong emotion regarding any topic the tendency is to think about it a lot. The more you think about food, whether it’s a love affair with it or a battle with it, the more inclined you will be to eat more than what is good for you.
Changing your attitude about food and understanding that it is there to nourish you and facilitate having a healthy, slender body can actually go a long way in helping you lose weight.
If you can begin to view food as your friend and genuinely understand its purpose is to help you look the way you want to look and feel the way you want to feel, you just might find it easier to reach your goal weight.
Being able to distinguish between emotional hunger and physical hunger will go a long way in your efforts to make peace with your relationship with food.
Tips to Help Determine If It’s Emotional Hunger or Physical Hunger
- My first tip if it isn’t meal time is to brush your teeth. If it is emotional hunger, you will be surprised how the fresh minty taste of toothpaste can actual satisfy you.
- If tip #1 doesn’t do it for you then wait 15 to 20 minutes after brushing your teeth.
- If you are still hungry after 15 to 20 minutes, drink a glass of water. If your hunger goes away, then you might only be thirsty instead of hungry. By the way, it is very common to confuse thirst for hunger.
- If you are still hungry after following these three tips, you’re probably experiencing physical hunger, so go have a light, healthy snack and satisfy that hunger.
If you will use these tips long enough, you will get to the place where you will automatically know what type of hunger you are experiencing.