The Biggest Threat To Weight Loss
People eat for many reasons, only one of which is actual hunger. Addressing this and eating only when hungry, is a way to reduce mindless eating (one of the biggest threats to your weight loss), overeating and the consumption of foods inconsistent with your nutritional values. It is also a way to reconnect with the millennia-old mechanisms that regulate your nutritional intake.
In the modern world of abundant, convenient and effortless availability of food, it is rare that people in the developed world experience and are in tune with hunger. Normally, people eat before they are truly hungry, deliberately in order to avoid feeling hungry, or when they mistake hunger for thirst, boredom or stress. This leads to a great number of calories being consumed when they are not needed. This excess of consumption puts pressure on our cells and our physiology to deal with an excess of available energy, in a world where sedentary lives abound, this invariably results in metabolic derangement and obesity or overweight. The long term negative impact of this is awful for our health and vitality.
The practice of only eating when you are genuinely hungry will help to mitigate this tendency to overeat, without the need to count calories, which invariably negatively impacts one’s relationship with food. It will also help you to cultivate a greater sense of present state wariness and self-awareness, which can have wide-ranging benefits in many areas of life.
When paired with the previous principles of only eating meals and eating overwhelmingly whole foods this principle will completely negate much of the overeating and poor nutrition that plague so many people in the developed world. It will also cut down on waste, and likely deepen your awareness of the decisions you make around food.
Trust Your Body
Your body is the product of 2.8 million years of R&D.
Since the early versions of our ancestors, knowing how much to eat has been an integral part of the survival of our, and all species. Modern foods, especially hyperpalatable foods (more on this later), short circuit the proper functioning of this hunger mechanism and lead people to consume mindlessly and to excess, and to lose a primal connection to the internal awareness of their current state.
Practising this principle will lead you to reconnect with your physiology. This can lead to gaining of control over elements of your behaviour and relationship with food that currently may seem out of control. It may also, for some people, lead to less stress and greater harmony between them and their food.
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