Learn why you keep eating when you’re not hungry

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Whether it’s because your stomach is making noises, you’re bored or it just happens to be “dinnertime”, you probably assume that you must be hungry so you eat.  But did you know that a large part of the time you may not actually be hungry, but instead you keep eating because you are probably thirsty?

The hypothalamus part of the brain controls both hunger and thirst and sends the same signal regardless of which one you are in need of, so it might be a good idea to think about it before making a move toward the food.  Understanding your body and what it needs is the first step to making the right decision when it comes to food and calorie intake.

Think about the last time you ate in comparison to the last time you had something to drink.  That feeling of hunger or rumbling in your stomach could just be a signal that your body is dehydrated and in need of water not food.  Especially if you practiced yoga that day or did a challenging workout, your body is probably desperate to have that replenishment.

So the next time you feel a hunger pang or think that you should eat something drink a glass of water and wait to see what happens.  As always, it takes about 15-20 minutes for your brain to catch up with your belly to realize that you are satisfied.  But if after drinking the water you still feel hungry then by all means go ahead and eat.  After testing your true need a few times you will learn exactly what you body wants in the future…and maybe drop a few pounds in the meantime?

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