Am I Really HUNGRY?……
Hello readers and welcome once again to my little “Note-To-Self”. I really enjoyed the feedback from my last article! I am glad that it was informative and gave you a few things to ponder on. With that being said, I am at it again. This time I am going to talk about mindless eating. I don’t know about you, but from time to time I find myself snacking and eating for no real apparent reason. We are all human and we need to eat, but as the majority of people know, Americans are WAY over weight these days. I am going to point out some things that I have encountered over the years as a personal trainer, wife and mom.
Why do we mindlessly eat? Well, that is the ongoing question. Truth be told, it happens to just about anyone, myself included! I am a very discipline person when it comes to food — most times, but sometimes I will snack while watching TV or while I am cooking. Then later, I am like “Why did I eat that?” Of course most people are not like me, when it comes to eating. I am always calculating approximately how many calories I have taken in and how man I have left to consume for dinner! Yep, I am a little over the top………sorry, I guess it is the trainer in me. So back on track to the question on hand, mindless eating comes from all sorts of behaviors. Boredom, stress, fatigue, dehydration and even temperature. All this mindless eating adds up calorie wise, leading to gradual weight gain. It sure is easy to put the weight on but hard as heck to get it back off! That is what keeps me in business……ha!
The next question is, how do you make yourself stop eating when you really are not that hungry, if even hungry at all?! First off, start by asking yourself what, where and why you , mindless eat, and how you can fix it. Your plan of action, so to speak. I am going to list a few ideas below that I try and use. They are not all full proof, but helpful.
1. Take a walk. Exercise promotes endorphins which can alter your mood, along with stabilizing your blood sugar.
2. Chew gum when you are preparing food for a meal so that you don’t eat while you cook.
3. Stay hydrated. Hunger is so often mistaken for thirst!
4. Don’t eat while you are watching TV or sitting at your desk.
5. Eat before you go to a social function.
6. Wait 15 minutes after your first serving before you go back for seconds.
7. Use a smaller plate for your meal promoting portion control and chew your food a little slower. Don’t inhale your food….LOL
In conclusion, the goal is to find out the solution to your mindless over eating. There are definitely a lot more than ‘seven’ things to choose from when it comes to finding what works for you. I too, have my good and bad days, but strive to have more good than bad! Stay hydrated and I will see you back again in a couple of months with another “Note-To-Self!” Oh, and send me your solutions and feedback. I would love to know what you think!
A-Fit Training & Wellness