Five Reasons You Eat More Than You Need

In our abundant food environment, it is true to say that there are food seducers and potential triggers to eat everywhere we turn. But it is important to listen to your own body cues and use it as your guide, remembering that no-one can MAKE us eat, but the marketers and buy dihydrocodeine online uk food companies sure are trying! My motto is “Don’t be a puppet for their profit” and try to be aware of what they are trying to sell you and WHY.

If you find yourself salivating, even when you’re not physically hungry (ie. Popcorn at the movies even though you just had lunch) these five common reasons may help you to see the light.

  1. Reacting to stimuli. For example smelling a donut or cookie in the shopping centre which increases your desire eating, even though you would not have thought about eating if you had not been exposed to the smell.
  2. Confusing hunger and thirst. There are many situations where it’s easy to mix up hunger and thirst. You may have a dry mouth and respond to it by putting food in your mouth, when what you really needed was hydration.
  3. Letting yourself get too hungry. If you aren’t used to listening to your body signals or you get caught up doing other things, you may arrive at starving. When your body is on absolutely empty, you are much more likely to eat too quickly and overshoot comfortable satiety.
  4. Not sure when to stop eating. The whisper of satiety is subtle and if you are not used to listening for it, you can end up eating more than your body feels comfortable with. When you have a nice feeling inside, you are no longer hungry and feel comfortable, it is the right moment to stop eating.
  5. Preventative Eating. The eating you do, just in case you get hungry later on is a significant contributor to why people eat more than they need. When you fear hunger or have dieted for many years you may feel anxious at the thought of letting your tummy grumble and then nervous about honouring your hunger. It is best to wait for hunger.

You can always be prepared with a snack for when hunger arrives at an inconvenient time. Otherwise have a drink and wait for the opportunity to eat. Think about your ingrained habits and how they may be setting you up for non-hunger eating.