Beating Psychological Hunger

I think we all know the feeling – you have finished dinner and now relaxing on the couch watching TV.  Suddenly, during the ad break, you are up and checking out what’s in the fridge.  Are you really hungry?  You may not be physically hungry but you certainly are psychologically.  This week, I want to discuss with you what psychological hunger is and the steps you can take to overcome it.

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Psychological hunger is when you want to have something to eat or drink that is not triggered by physical symptoms such as an empty feeling in your stomach.  The reasons you may eat is because you feel sad, angry, depressed anxious, bored or simply think it is “time to eat”.  It is estimated that 80% of the times that we eat is because of psychological hunger.

There are certain situations where you may be eating due to psychological reasons.  Next time you find yourself mindlessly eating, take a note of the time of day, how you are feeling & where you are.  This will help you to determine what your hunger ‘triggers’. Examples of some typical triggers include:

  • Working at your desk and / or studying
  • Feeling depressed OR stressed
  • Being alone
  • Parties
  • Time-related (e.g. late in the afternoon)
  • Location-related (e.g. at the movies or a restaurant)

Once you have identified your eating triggers, replace the action of psychological eating with another action, e.g. phone a friend or family member, do some exercise, read a book or meditate.  Basically, you have to STOP before you put something in your mouth and find another activity that distracts you from eating.

The Natural Way personalize their program to suit the needs of their clients.  So if you know that psychological hunger is a problem for you, your consultant will work with you to establish what your triggers are and work out the best ways to overcome the problem.  If you would like to find out more about our fabulous weight loss program, call 1300 SLIMMER (754663) today and make a FREE appointment to find out how we can help you get back the body you want.  With summer only 12 weeks away, now is the time to get your beach body ready!

Visit our website:  http://www.thenaturalway.com.au/
 

About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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