We all know that weight loss is the right combination of diet and exercise, 70 per cent diet and 30 per cent respectively. Clearly, it is our diet that plays the more significant role in our overall effort to lose weight. Having said that, it is also the most difficult part, simply because they are so many elements to it. What to eat? How much to eat? When to eat? Coming down to the basics, many of us make the error of mistaking a passing craving with hunger and end up eating things we should not be eating. Here we tell you how you can tell the difference between the two:
Physical hunger vs. emotional hungerPhysical hunger and emotional hunger have very different characteristics, something that you can know by simply reading this:
Physical hunger doesn’t happen instantly, it occurs gradually and is felt in your stomach. It does not make you want to have a specific food but just any food that satisfies your hunger. And last but not the least, it easily satisfies you.
On the other hand, emotional hunger hits you instantly and is more of a mental craving where you really feel like having a certain type of food. What’s worse. Emotional hunger does not get satisfied easily.
How to handle the two types of hunger
Now coming to ways to handle the two - when you feel physical hunger, provide your body the right mix of nutrition. Have a variety of protein and lots of colourful vegetables. Make sure your body gets the right kind of fuel to function.
While dealing with emotional hunger, identify the reason behind it. Are you bored or frustrated? Break the rut and go for a walk or talk to a friend you enjoy talking to. Do whatever it takes to break the chain of thoughts making you crave for a certain food.Focus on what you are eating more than your phone or TV. Strictly avoid watching TV or staying glued to your mobile phone while eating because that will make you eat mindlessly -which is the last thing you want to do when on a weight loss diet.
Also, eat with your non dominant hand because that will force you to focus on your food over other things.
Also, keep a glass of water with you. Having it before your meal will help you determine whether you are really hungry for a big meal or a small healthy snacking will do. Additionally, do not force yourself to eat everything that you have put on your plate - ideally you should serve yourself smaller portion. It is okay to eat less and leave the food for later consumption. You will do your digestive system a big favour! —Times of India