Difference between hunger and boredom

Knowing the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger, or boredom, can be difficult, especially when you are trying to stick with a new diet or meal plan.

  1. 1: Know the main differences: Physical hunger comes on gradually and stops once you’ve eaten a meal. Emotional hunger comes on very suddenly and you generally crave something very specific, like sugar or carbs, and is triggered by boredom, anxiety or stress.
  2. 2: Rate your hunger: Rate how hungry you are on a scale of 1-10 (1 being starving, 10 being overly full). 
  3. 3:Once you’ve assessed your hunger level, wait 15 minutes, drink some water and even try talking a short walk to see if you feel differently after. If you notice the hunger coming out of nowhere, see if there is a trigger, such as stress or boredom, and know it is likely emotional hunger and not physical.

You can’t outrun a bad diet

You can workout for an hour, but controlling what geos into your body the other 23 hours is what’s hard. Research shows that focusing solely on exercise is not the answer to losing weight.

If you are looking to maintain your fat loss, then you need to focus equally on diet and exercise!

Exercise is important for overall health, but to sustain weight loss on an exercise-only program is not as successful as you might have thought. Increased exercise can also lead to increased eating, leaving people feeling hungrier, or letting people think they can eat more simply because they’ve workout.

If you are hitting the gym ever day but still aren’t seeing the results you are looking for, then fine-tuning your diet and meal plan should be your next major focus. Try to eat whole real (minimally processed) foods, little sugar and proper ratios of fats, carbs and protein to support your individual fitness and health goals.

by Brianna Diorio

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