When you’re dieting it can be easy to get caught up on calories and grams of various nutrients like carbs, fats, and fibre.
But sometimes it can be easy to ignore nature’s most important signal – your level of hunger.
Most people who need to diet have ignored that trigger for a long time. Eating until you’re stuffed can sometimes signal the end of a meal. However, if you feel stuffed you’re long past satisfying your hunger.
It might help to spend an entire day or two devoted to paying attention to your hunger signals. Some signs that you’re hungry may include:
- An empty feeling in your stomach
- Weakness or fatigue
If you’re feeling hungry in your mouth or that you just want to taste something, you’re probably not actually hungry. People eat for many other reasons than hunger such as emotions, sharing in social occasions, and wanting to experience a flavour.
By focusing on using your food as fuel, you’ll be more likely to eat healthily. When you begin to feel hungry, have a small amount of food. Focus on eating until you’re feeling satisfied or the feeling of hunger in your stomach has gone away.
Eating past the point of satisfaction can lead to:
- Feeling sick
- Feeling bloated
- Having to unbutton your pants
- Ultimately gaining weight
- Feelings of failure that lead to more emotional eating
When you stop eating as you feel satisfied, you’ll naturally attain a weight that is natural and healthy for you. This is one of the most important things you can do for your health – but also one of the most challenging.
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