I often find myself over eating on a daily basis. I’ll be sitting in the dinning hall after a full meal and get that second bowl of pasta just because I feel like it. I find myself eating when i’m full or when i’m just plain bored. How do I know when i’m really full? Dr Rick Kausman, an Australian healthy weight management pioneer, believes that 40-80% of the time we are eating when we are not hungry. This is the key element to people being over their ideal healthy weight. People need to be more aware with what hunger is, and learn to satisfy it correctly.
We have two hormones in our body that account for hunger. Leptin is a hormone that decreases your appetite, while Ghrelin increases appetite,and also plays a role in body weight. Ghrenlin is the hormone which sends signals to your brain telling you, you are hungry. Research has suggested that Ghrenlin plays a large role in determining how quickly hunger comes after we eat. This is where issue come about; the body is known to play tricks on us. Sometimes we can not fully rely on such hormones to tell us we are hungry. For example, with emotional eating and binge eating. Some people also confuse hunger with thirst. According to an Article on WebMD, we can rein our hunger by eating less high-fat foods. Mary Dallman, from University of California at San Francisco, believes that fatty foods interfere with our Ghrelin and Leptin hormones. Eating fatty foods leads to weight gain and storing fat.
A recent phenomenon as proposed eating 5 or 6 smaller meals a day. This theory is built to increase your metabolism and burn fat efficiently. A nutritious meal or snack every 3 hours will keep our blood levels stable, and give our body the necessary nutrients to control our hunger. Another important tip is to eat protein in nearly every meal. Protein has been proven to boost your metabolism the most. It is also essential to building muscle; the more muscle your body has, the easy you will be able to break down fat.
It’s important to listen to your body, but also be smart. If you’re craving certain unhealthy foods, you might be low on certain nutrients that is causing that crave. Stay healthy and active!