by Maria's Last Diet
The experts say that it’s best to eat only when you’re hungry. The trouble with this dictum is that it is very, very difficult to know when you’re hungry.
Hunger should be identifiable as a pattern of bodily sensations, which are caused by a biological need for food. When hunger is researched, however, only a small percentage of the subjects in the research reported physical symptoms. Even with such subjective measures of hunger as emptiness, hollowness, and rumbling, again only a small percentage of research subjects reported experiencing these physical sensations.
If you can’t determine if you are truly hungry from the physical sensations you are experiencing, what can you use as a guide for when you eat and how much food you eat?
There is a lot to think about in this regard. For example, you might use non-hunger measures such as time of day (e.g., breakfast, lunch, dinner). You could also use subjective impressions of your fullness as times not to eat, such as stomach feels full and comfortable so you don’t need food now. Or your stomach feels uncomfortably full and you definitely don’t need food now. You can also be guided by the goals you have for yourself. They can be general lifestyle or personal value goals like always acting in moderation. Or you can use weight loss goals like wanting to lose a specific number of pounds.
What do you use to tell yourself when and what to eat? Are you one of the few who can be guided by your physical hunger sensations?