Why Diets Don’t Work – Part 1 – Hunger

Diets don’t work because they only treat the symptom – being overweight.
We are told to eat less and exercise more and this will work for a short time, but in the long game, it doesn’t work.
We need to lose it the way we can live it, without using will power or feeling deprived.
We are overweight because we overeat; the question we need to ask ourselves is “Why do we overeat?”  Being overweight is the symptom, but figuring out WHY we overeat is addressing the problem.
We overeat because we have Overhunger and Overdesire.
Before we delve into Overhunger & Overdesire let’s first define hunger.
2 Kinds of Hunger
There are 2 kinds of hunger, the sensation of hunger and the thought of hunger and these are very different, but most of us don’t know the difference and we react to them in the same way  – by eating way more than our body needs for fuel.
The sensation of hunger starts in our body and travels to our brain.  The thought of hunger starts in our brain and travels to our body.  Thoughts that create hunger have nothing to do with our body’s need for fuel.
So when you think you are feeling hungry, before you just automatically eat something, pause and ask yourself is this really a sensation of hunger or just a thought of hunger?
These thoughts of hunger may look like these…
• I haven’t eaten in five hours, it’s time to eat.
• It’s lunchtime.
• It’s dinner time.
• It’s snack time.
• I think my blood sugar is low.
• I’m tired. I need a pick-me-up.
• I need breakfast.
• I need a certain number of calories.
• I just worked out so I need to replenish.
These thoughts are usually unconscious and you don’t recognize you are actually causing your own hunger.  Having these thoughts make you think you are hungry and you will eat even when your body doesn’t need fuel.
Now that you have a better understanding of your hunger, when you are about to eat take a moment to figure out if you truly are hungry or is it your thoughts that are making you think you are hungry.
Also, it may be that you are dehydrated – Dehydration often feels like hunger, so before you eat, drink a large glass of water and wait 10 minutes to see if you are still hungry.
In my next post, we will discuss Overhunger.  Until then, keep an eye on your thoughts.
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