Healthy eating is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Most Americans live in a world of abundant food, and the availability of food makes them addicted to it. Most people prefer fast and tasty food, which usually contains a lot of chemical additives and sugar. And when they realize that it is necessary to change their eating habits, they begin to fight with it and often lose the battle. Despite the abundance of information about the principles of healthy eating, it is difficult for people to change their usual way of life. They think the only way out is restrictions. But as practice shows, this approach ends with breakdowns and overeating prohibited foods.
People do not control their appetite and the amount of food eaten increases several times after strict diets and restrictions. As a result, this endless struggle with food consumes all vitality and energy. If you are faced with such a problem, then experts recommend you find the cause of an uncontrolled appetite and eliminate it.
Many experts believe that constant hunger is not only related to physical sensations. Very often, psychological problems are hidden behind an uncontrolled appetite. People think that healthy food is not tasty and therefore avoid it or plan to use it too much temporarily. But experts say you can eat right and be full at the same time. They advise not to limit yourself in food but to reprogram the brain for a healthy and at the same time delicious food.
Let’s look at the possible causes of an uncontrolled appetite and perhaps you will find one or more of them in yourself.
You believe hunger and appetite have a common source.
Hunger is a physical condition that is caused by biological processes in your body. Appetite can occur without hunger. People love to chew tasty things. If you are ready to eat any food, then you are starving. And if you are looking for something tastier, then not your body needs food, your brain needs it.
Your emotions drive your cravings for food.
Many people have an emotional addiction to food. As a rule, such a habit is formed in childhood, when we were calmed down with the help of sweets or ice cream. And now, in adulthood, you try to calm yourself down with junk food. If you eat every time you are upset, sad, or in a stressful situation, then you need to find a substitute for the calming factor. You can substitute unhealthy foods for healthy snacks or water. In this way, you will calm your emotions and not harm your health.
You have unhealthy food at home.
If you constantly eat tasty but unhealthy food, make a grocery list to go to the supermarket and do not buy products that you are not on the list. Thus, you will not have access to unhealthy foods as you do not have them at home.
In the supermarket, try to bypass the unhealthy food shelves and not look at the pretty and inviting packaging of unhealthy snacks.
You are not eating consciously.
You may be accustomed to eating quickly while doing other things. For example, watching TV or networks distracts you from eating, and you eat automatically. At the same time, you do not realize the taste of food, its smell, and most importantly, you do not control the amount of food that you ate. Learn to enjoy eating. Taste and smell every bite, chew slowly, and have fun. At this moment, only you and your food exist in the world, and everything else does not matter.
You don’t get enough sleep.
Lack of adequate and quality sleep affects the production of all hormones, including those responsible for hunger. Disruption of the hormonal system makes you overeat and feel hungry even after an abundant meal. Your blood sugar level depends on your sleep. Therefore, experts urge people to pay attention to their sleep. They are confident that if Americans start paying attention to the quality of sleep, the obesity epidemic will decrease dramatically.