Did you know: ‘Everything you eat when you’re not hungry turns to fat’?

Recognise Real Hunger

Hunger is the only good reason for eating. Most overweight people have got into the habit of eating when they are not hungry. Slim people eat based on how hungry they feel before a meal. Many people have forgotten how to eat when they’re hungry and most diets tell you to ignore pleasure and ignore hunger and they also tell you when/how much and exactly what to eat.

To begin to tune into the feeling of being hungry so that you can begin to eat and stop on the basis of the reality you experience from within. Learn to get in touch with your bodily feelings and listen to them for signals of hunger.

Find out how hungry you really are by using the Hunger Scale

Ask yourself before you eat – “How hungry am I on the scale of 1-10?”

Take a look at the chart and if 1 was when you were absolutely starving and 10 was when you were extremely full.

If you register 4/5/6 you’re probably quite hungry so it’s time to eat.

If your score is below this then you are probably very hungry so be very careful what you eat and be aware of how slowly you are eating.

If your score is 7 or above you are probably feeling full so find something else to do, ask yourself: “What is it I really want?” This is a very important key to becoming slimmer, as if these feelings are not addressed then they will always be there and the emotional eating pattern will progressively continue.

Focus on what you are eating and enjoy every bite and learn to stop eating when you are full.

When you eat you release a happy chemical called serotonin, but if you eat really fast, you can’t hear the message from your tummy that says that you are full, so you eat past that, so practice eating slowly, enjoy every mouth full, chew the food 10 more times than you usually do and put your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. This will really help you to begin focusing on the feeling of being full and stopping eating once you are aware of this feeling.