Appetite or Hunger? Why am I hungry?
Written by Diet Bites
The next time that you pull up a chair at the table, before you put a morsel into your mouth, and before you even say the blessing, ask yourself, "Am I hungry OR am I eating just because?"
Many times we eat just because it's meal time. Or, we may eat because we just feel like eating something tasty. Or, we may be acting polite by eating something that we really don't even want to eat, but we do such so we won't hurt the other person's feelings.
Here are some ways to deal with appetite:
Choose only to eat when you are hungry.
Although food tastes good we should never eat at just "any old time of the day" unless we are truly hungry.
When we start to eat and we're driven by our wants as well as our appetite, we risk falling into the grazing phase which ends up adding too many calories and fat grams to our daily totals, which in turn translates to overweight and obesity issues. While it might be fun eating whatever we want, whenever we want - the result is always a negative, especially in the area of our bathroom weighing scales.
Don't wait until you are famished to eat, or it's almost certain that you will overeat.
It is also a good idea to avoid going to the supermarket to replenish your pantry if you are not arriving on a full stomach. By doing such you are more apt to purchase foods that are higher in calories than not, and you will not be as likely to stick to your weight loss plan. It is very easy to bypass the baby spinach, baby carrots, green cabbage, broccoli, and the healthy zucchini while searching for a cupcake. With frosting. And with white fluffy filling.
If someone insists that you try something, you can resist and still be polite. Simply tell them that you are not hungry right now, and that you'll save the goody for when you are.
The holidays present the biggest challenge for anyone who is trying to drop those unhealthy pounds. The happy season contains so many foods that are tempting thus presenting great challenges for anyone who is trying to cut calories from their daily diet in order to drop pounds.
While we are discussing appetite in comparison to hunger, it is almost next to impossible to resist holiday goodies - hungry or not.
The dieter who makes it through the holidays without gaining weight, and who actually loses pounds deserves a golden tutu. With ruffles.
If you are eating because you just want something tasty, pause and rethink your strategy. When you get hungry, then enjoy BUT be sure to pre-determine how much you are going to eat so that you won't overdo.
If you find yourself unable to resist the challenge of eating and you go off on a binge, don't make another mistake because THIS mistake will come at the cost of the delaying your dreams of achieving your recommended healthy weight.
Just because the dieter makes a mistake - and even if they pop into Binge Mode for one day or several days, this doesn't mean that they should take all of their hard work that they have put forward in trying to lose all of the unwanted weight to the side. They should immediately get back onto their healthy diet and march full-forward.
We're all human. At one time or another we all make mistakes. The good news is that most mistakes can be remedied. Yes it takes hard work, and it takes dedication, and it takes a lot of willpower and when one is trying to lose weight, with all three of these elements in place, it can certainly be done.