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Types Of Hunger

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I've noticed 3 types of hunger on my weight loss journey: Physical Hunger, in which my body needs food; Mouth Hunger, in which I have a taste for something, but my body doesn't need the fuel; and Psychological Hunger, in which my emotions or condition at the time (and not my body) hunger to eat. My secret is simple: only feed the physical hunger.

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What helps me stay on track? Analyze what caused the non-physical hunger types and and deal with the issues. Tired? Sleep. Stressed? Breathe. Bored? Do something! And so on. emoticon
- Submitted by KATHEMINATOR 6/17/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comments
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MINKABONET 6/17/2011 5:18:00 PM

    I agree, though I think there are just two types of hunger: "mouth hunger" and "psychological hunger" are the same thing IMO, eating to soothe a need or want unrelated to physiological hunger.

The method is called "intuitive eating": eat when your body tells you you're hungry, stop when you feel physically full. When tempted to eat beyond fullness, research uncomfortable emotions and/or physical sensations triggering urge to overeat. Then either sit with and endure the feelings, or find something to help quell the feelings (you mentioned good ones).

Intuitive eating is brave. Most people find dieting/calorie counting less threatening than intuitive eating. Following an external food plan keeps people from having to face the emotional discomfort driving them to overeat and get overweight in the first place. Problem is, all the calorie counting/dieting is a temporary solution that tends to fail over and over, since it never addressed the food addiction itself.

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