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Snack Attack! How Hungry Are You?

Although our bodies only need food when we are physically hungry, most of us regularly, eat for reasons other than physical hunger. It's important to listen to ourselves and our bodies to tell us when to eat. Do you know what happens when we eat and are not physically hungry?

Whether it’s a tuna salad or a cheese cake ours body’s will store it in the only way it knows how to, by turning it into FAT!

To get a sense of how often you are eating when you are not hungry below is a list of emotions and situations that can sometimes trigger us to eat...

We Eat When We're...

  • Bored 
  • Tired 
  • Depressed 
  • Stressed 
  • Lonely
  • Happy
  • Excited
  • Nervous
  • Sad 

We Tend To Eat Mindlessly When We're...

  • At family events
  • Enjoying the weekend
  • At celebrations/parties
  • Watching TV
  • Travelling to/from work
  • Driving

Whilst of course, you're not going to attend a party without sampling the buffet, and the weekends are made for pleasure! Though, a little sensible tweaking to your snacking habits can go a long way towards maintaining a healthy balance.

If you were to ask yourself how often do you feel hungry what would the answer be? Use this hunger scale to determine just how hungry you really are.

Whenever you feel peckish, ask yourself, 'On a scale of 1 to 10, how hungry am I’?

If you register 5 or below, you aren’t hungry, but your brain has suggested food to you for another reason. Look at some of the most common reasons why you might feel like eating when you’re not hungry as listed above.

If you feel a 6, 7 or an 8 on the scale, you are feeling true physical hunger. You many have a rumbling stomach, find yourself losing concentration, and begin thinking about specific foods you want to eat. This is time to eat!

If you get to a 9 or 10, you are probably over-hungry, so you may overeat. At this point, it’s really important to remember to eat slowly and watch for the signs that you have had enough.

If you feel like you’re a bit out of touch with your natural hunger signals, then here are some of the common signs of hunger.

  • Smelling or tasting a food when it’s not there
  • A sense of knowing exactly what you need to eat
  • Empty feeling in your stomach
  • Mild pangs in your stomach
  • Rumbling tummy
  • Low energy
  • Irritability
  • Light-headedness
  • Light nausea, with a feeling you need to eat
  • Lack of concentration

Need a little nutritional guidance? Speak to our expert Personal Training team about a realistic meal plan and recipes you'll love!

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