This may seem obvious, but it never hurts to say that we eat for many reasons – hunger and appetite, of course – but also to celebrate, to socialize, to soothe and alleviate boredom. To avoid overeating and weight gain, we first must understand what drives us to eat.
Hunger: a physical feeling that says you need to eat
Think about the rumble in your stomach. This is a physical sensation. A number of studies have looked at how the hormone at the beginning and end of the meal – play a major role in determining body weight. Including the hormone ghrelin, which triggers hunger function, and leptin, which reduces it. Feelings of hunger associated with these hormones. When eating, emotions such as stress or satisfaction, and even the type of food you eat all affect these hormones.
Appetite: The desire to eat
Problems with appetite regulation may be a minor and contributing to a gradual change in body weight – or perhaps as severe as anorexia and bulimia. Appetite problems can be caused by disease, drugs or even psychological problems.
Eat without thinking (mindless eating): As the other factors of the above
It is a term coined for all other reasons why we eat. Have you noticed that when ordering a super size meals you usually eat all that? Are certain situations, such as watching TV or talking on the phone, can trigger overeating?
Yes, the reason we eat is very complex. Given the obesity epidemic in this country, it is clear that overeating is a significant problem. It’s important to know how to fight hunger, normalize the desire for food, feel full and satisfied, and cope with situations that trigger us to eat without thinking.
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