Physical vs. Emotional Hunger

From: iMetabolic

The authors of Think Thin, Be Thin offer the following rules of thumb for whether you’re responding to physical hunger or a deeper emotional need:

PHYSICAL HUNGER EMOTIONAL HUNGER
  • Builds Gradually
  • Develops suddenly
  • Strikes below the neck (e.g. growling stomach
  • Above the neck (e.g. a “taste” for ice cream)
  • Occurs several hours after a meal
  • Unrelated to time
  • Goes away when full
  • Persists despite fullness
  • Eating leads to feeling of satisfaction
  • Eating leads to guilt and shame

When you feel hungry, stop and take a moment to consider these points. If you find you are largely agreeing with the points on the right, drink a big glass of water, go for a brief walk and think about what may be missing for you emotionally. Are you associating that emotion with a certain food or situation?

Being aware of what is causing you to feel the need to eat can lead to more mindful eating and more ultimate control over what you choose to eat.

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