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Emotional versus Physical Hunger

Saturday, October 06, 2012

I have just finished reading Paul McKenna's ''I Can Make You Thin" It appealed to me tremendously on first reading, and I loved the CD that came with the book. The idea that no foods were off limits and one can eat what one likes when one likes sounded SO very liberating. However, his main golden rule, to eat only when truly hungry, is a non-starter for me at present. Having spent so many years eating from what was obviously emotional hunger of one sort or another rather than REAL physical hunger I do not trust myself enough to abandon what I've been doing here on Spark People. I understand (intellectually) how to differentiate between the two types of hunger but when it comes down to it I don't think I have enough will power (even though McKenna says its nothing to do with will power) to resist eating when emotional hunger occurs. I am not going to jeopordise the weight loss progress I've achieved so far on Spark. So I am going to plod on with what I'm doing, tracking my calories, daily walking and enjoying my life. When (and its when, not if) I reach my goal weight, that's when I might re-read McKenna's book and have a go at maintaining my goal weight with his ideas.
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SLENDERELLA61 10/7/2012 7:36AM

    I've been maintaining an 80+ pound loss for 185 weeks now. I still have to track. I cannot tell when I am full, I have to look at the tracker! And that's even when I'm not dealing with any emotional issues.

So if you can switch to intuitive eating, great. But if you can't, you can still live at the healthy weight you love. Take care. -Marsha

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STONECOT 10/6/2012 11:08AM

    Paul McKenna worked brilliantly for me. I lost 3 stones. I found that it became difficult to keep up though, the portion sizes kept slowly increasing. It did however give me the freedom to eat whatever I fancied, and that I still do. The hypnotherepy CD is worth using even if you keep calorie counting, I found it really changed my self belief and confidence, it took about 4 weeks of daily listening to really make a difference. Every time things get out of control I go back to it. Whatever works for you I guess. I cannot count calories, I get quickly obsessed with the numbers.

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LEVELPATHS 10/6/2012 7:31AM

    I agree! It's a good theory, but eating only when you're hungry is so impractical, especially when you have to cook for someone else too.

I recently read that eating regular snacks might be good for you, but I decided against it, because just eating three meals a day has become a habit for me now, and a very good way of limiting the amount I eat even when not dieting. As for snacks... well... a few nuts could become a whole bag so easily and that'd be my diet blown...

Have a good weekend!

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