Well duh! Why would anyone eat if they weren’t hungry?

Eat Only When You’re Hungry

This chapter looks at something that at first glance couldn’t be more obvious. But upon closer inspection is a little more complex than it first appears! That is you should eat only when you’re hungry.

Sure, that sounds so glaringly obvious to anyone intent on losing weight. It’s enough to make you want to laugh out loud! But is it really so obvious? Do people not eat, even when they’re not hungry?

Of course they do and people eat when they’re not hungry all the time. That’s often a major contributing reason for their being overweight on the first place! It’s generally known as snacking in between meals for no better reason than the snack was available and the person wasn’t so much hungry but bored. And when you’re bored, one way to relieve that boredom is to eat snacks.

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And what are most snacks but high calorie, high sugar/salt/fat laden no-no’s? They are often found lying in wait in pantries, fridges or stashed away in handbags, desk drawers etc just waiting for you to reveal their presence so they can whisper their siren call… “Eat me… eat me… eat me… ”

It doesn’t stop with snacks either. People often eat at meal times whether they’re hungry or not. They eat because the clock says its time to eat, not when their bodies say so. And that’s a habit you are going to have to break very firmly if you want to succeed in losing weight.

To do that, you have to observe your hunger patterns.

If the clock says it’s your usual dinner time and you are not feeling hungry, then put off eating dinner an hour or so. When you eat because you’re hungry, your body is in a better state of readiness to digest the food more efficiently and deploy the calories to the places that are asking for them.

However, when you eat because the clock says so, your body is not ready and will simply deploy the excess calories to fat cells for storage for when it will need them later. Unfortunately for anyone who is gaining weight, that “later” never comes. The clock always gets there first. So you eat again, continuing the vicious circle and piling on more stored fat without giving yourself a chance to burn it off before adding more.

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