No matter what you know about dieting if you don’t do this one thing you will never lose weight even if you just eat lettuce. We are all guilty of it at times. What is it? It’s eating when you’re not hungry.
You may be thinking “I don’t do that.” But do you ever catch yourself saying “That sounds good” or “I could eat that” or “mmmm…chocolate-covered peanuts” or “time to eat.” Or even worse not thinking anything at all and just grabbing something as you’re walking through the kitchen.
Real hunger is different. You feel a little light-headed, maybe your stomach rumbles or you get cranky. But make no mistake -you are absolutely ravenous.
Fake hunger, on the other hand, occurs out of habit – a certain time, location, or situation triggers the eating behavior – or subconsciously – from unresolved emotions.
The only way to stop this pattern is to pay absolute attention to your body’s sensations when you go to eat or drink something. Are you really hungry? If not, don’t eat!
When I first started doing this, and when I was going to eat something when I was not truly hungry, I noticed a lot of tension in my jaw. I had to consciously tell myself to relax. I think I was eating out of stress, or maybe boredom. Rather than treating those emotions with a snack, I had to actually deal with them! This is a great way to discover more about what you really want out of life. What other things would “fill me up” that are not served on a plate?
Paying absolute attention to your body when you eat, making sure your body is truly hungry before you chow down, you will realize that you can eat almost anything and not gain weight. Do you remember when you were a kid and could do that? That is because kids – mostly – only eat when they are hungry. Ever try to feed a kid who is not hungry? They simply don’t eat! You can have ice cream, wine, chocolate, and candy if you want – and if you are truly hungry when you eat or drink it. The only thing to watch for is that if you make the majority of you diet (over 20%) junk, you will feel pretty “junky” too. Healthy food is for your health; weight loss is something a little different!
I’m curious to hear your thoughts and opinions on this matter. Please leave a comment below if you are trying to lose weight and what you have tried that has not worked and what has worked for you.