Saturday, March 5, 2011

Am I Really Hungry?

I get newsletters from the Shrink Yourself blog weekly and I enjoy reading their take on why they think I am fat. Okay, I'm not fat anymore, but I will always have the fat mentality and a desire to eat.


Today the second paragraph stood out to me and jolted me to write in my blog. Due to copyright laws I cannot post without their consent, so here's the link if your interested. Emotional Hunger



When he said “you need to stop focusing on what you should eat” freaked me out because that is all I do. That is the only way I know how to make this weight loss stay a loss. I focus on what I should eat every time I put something in my mouth. Why do you think he'd say this?



Is he saying that it really doesn't matter what I eat as long as I am “truly” hungry and not a made up hunger? I have those a lot! I could have just ate dinner and be “hungry” an hour later. We all know that isn't true hunger. Its our made up hunger, like Dr. Roger Gould states in his article this week.



This is very hard for me to digest because I truly believe it does matter what we eat even if I eat when I am truly hungry. I mean if I ate a big sloppy McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese that is 510 calories! That is approximately 1/4 of my daily calories in a hamburger. I could have had a nice healthy salad with 3 oz of chicken, fat free ranch dressing, 2 servings of Melba Rounds and a desert my Dark Chocolate Vitatop for lunch and it would be less calories than that hamburger.



So, yes, it does matter what you eat. You want to eat quality foods, healthy foods and I guarantee you that lunch I would have ate would keep me full a lot longer than 1 hamburger.



Make sure you eat right, focus on eating quality foods its so good for you and the benefits outweigh the hamburger at McDonald's! Remember when you eat something to eat things that will help you stay fuller longer, keep your blood sugar down and have quality calories to it. Makes all the difference in the world when you start Maintenance.



What are your thoughts on focusing on what you eat? Do you feel Dr. Gould is right as long as you eat when your truly hungry it doesn't matter what you eat?



Excerpts from The Motivational Girl are protected by copyright and used here by permission of The Motivational Girl, 2011.

28 comments:

  1. I focus on what I eat, I have to make sure there is not alot of sugar, salt, sweeteners etc in the foods I put in my body. I think that is the idea of so many eating plans, but not for us Healthy living gals....I think he has gotten it all wrong, like many dietitians, the foods they suggest freak me out totally. Weight Watches says Drink Diet soda as 0 points....WHAT ABOUT HOW BAD IT IS FOR ONE???

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  2. Interesting post, Sheri. I think Dr. Gould may be on to something if he is talking about weight gain only (for a person without an eating problem). But eating anything, I don't know. I do know my husband eats for hunger and he doesn't gain weight no matter what he eats because he is willing to leave food behind (no matter what it is) when he gets full...even *gasp* a piece of a cookie (lol). Some of us need to be more aware of what we do. Besides, it's better to eat healthy than not - for anybody.

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  3. @~ Darla ~ My husband is the same way Darla. He can eat anything he wants too, but he also eats only when he is hungry. Hmm,,,,interesting.

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  4. I see his point about emotional hunger vs. physical hunger, but I think it does matter what you eat, even when you are physically hungry. I have gotten to a point where what I want and what I crave is healthy, except I still want my ice cream for dessert! (Thank goodness for Klondike Slim-a-Bear ice cream bars!)

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  5. @got2run4me I hear ya there got2run4me! I am the same way about my Vitatops!

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  6. I had this ridiculously epic long comment written and it accidentally got erased.... This upsets me greatly. I made so many good points in it! UGH!

    Just know that I REALLY enjoyed this post and have a lot of thoughts on it. Maybe I'll retype my comment later or do my own post on the topic....

    Lastly: Please tell me you were exaggerating to make a point about 510cal being 3/4 your daily caloric intake because that puts you at far below 1,000 cal a day!

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  7. Oooh - interesting! For me, the answer is "no." First I have to state that I very much eat when I am not hungry. That is my biggest impediment to being at my goal weight and staying there. As to why I do that, he and I might disagree. But that is another subject.

    So, if I only ate when I was physically hungry without considering what I eat, I honestly think I would choose the wrong foods. And I do think some foods are better for us than others. That's a fact, IMO. So I have to make a conscious choose every day, every meal, every snack to choose healthy things.

    This reminds me of what little I know about intuitive eating. Makes sense if one trusts themselves to listen to their body and that it will then result in eating healthy on and overall basis. I guess I don't have that self trust.

    Very thought provoking, Sheri.

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  8. Interesting post! I think for a while, people focus on what they should eat because they are trying to lose weight & maintain. After a while, & that period of time is different for different people, the food you eat is now just part of your lifestyle so.. you eat what you have made your food program for life.

    Even when I go out & plan to eat out or at another house, I do tend to think in terms of what is the best choice for me.

    As for eating only when we are truly hungry, I still feel the food matters for weight loss. maintenance & health reasons. PLUS, ONE OF THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES FOR PEOPLE IS THAT ONLY EATING WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY. One of the hardest parts about weight loss is to not eat just because so better off eating healthier stuff...

    AND, a post this week coming up from me - the sliding back people so once they lose weight because they feel they lost it so now they can eat again... inspired by you & another blogger.

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  9. I think the point of the "don't focus on the food" camp is that if we truly listen to our bodies and our hunger cues, we'll make healthy choices rather than unhealthy choices. Our body will not tell us it's hungry for a grease-laden burger or pizza. If that's what we want, it's our mind or emotions.

    I think there's room in life for some indulgences, but obviously, we have to plan healthy meals too. In the end, it should become quite natural to choose the healthier foods because they make us feel better.

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  10. @heyjoob.com No it was a mistake, so I changed it. :)

    I am so glad I got the juices flowing today! It is a very interesting topic. So sorry you lost your reply though.

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  11. @Karen@WaistingTime Thanks Karen! I also don't have the "self trust" that is why I got to where I was and still battle it.

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  12. @Jody - Fit at 53 Oh Jody, so cool! I helped inspire a post! Looking forward to reading it!

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  13. @Michele @ Healthy Cultivations I agree there is room for it, but for those of us who have always had trouble controlling our eating its best to think before spooning it in. :)

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  14. I am not as good as I would like to be at concentrating of eating the right foods. I do think about it often but am not practicing what I think. I do not agree that we should eat when we are hungry, I would be in trouble. I actually like the hunger feeling sometimes because it reminds me that I don't want to have that "crap I ate too much" feeling. One thing I do right is I concentrate of getting quality protein. I want to be in the habit of thinking about what I eat before eating it. How long did that take you?

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  15. I don't know if I can word my thoughts in the right way but what I got was that IF it were possible to take the emotion out of eating we might tend towards feeding the "machine" and not to unhealthy suggestions. I know that for me...I usually don't crave pizza until a Round Table pizza commercial comes on or I walk by a pizzeria and smell the aromas.

    However, I DO get cravings for protein and sometimes carbs. But neither of these urges would make me hop in my car and drive to McDonalds. Mostly because I am too lazy...

    I also think that it is VERY easy to eat the 'right' things in excess...to justify the extra food and not really count it because it's the right food...and not taking into account that you really MUST get to the bottom of emotional eating if you want to stop the yo-yo dieting and the compulsive dieting.

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  16. @Rachael It took me quite awhile to figure out; however, I wanted it so badly that I was willing to learn while losing. Nutrisystem taught me a lot and one of those things is to eat 6 times a day and you'll be less likely to eat when your not hungry. They were right. However, I still have binging moments.

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  17. @The Learning Curves Blogger You did a great job wording it out Lynn! I really like what you said about "if we can take emotion out of eating". You are so right!

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  18. You're right. Fake hunger does get me from time-to-time as well. I feel hungry even if I just ate for like 30 mins earlier because I was thinking I'm hungry. I guess the mind really controls the body. O.o

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  19. @Bryan Yes it does Bryan! Its so hard to tell yourself your not really hungry especially when you think you are,,insanity!

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  20. Great advice! I do ABSOLUTELY agree that the type fuel you use for your body DOES matter! I want the primium unleaded fresh foods for my body!

    Glad to have you added to my "favorites!"

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  21. I think one should focus on what you eat because if not, you can consume a lot of calories without thinking properly about it. You should always, if you want to be healthy, focus on what you eat and when you eat.

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  22. If I didn't think it mattered what I ate, I'd find myself in a whole heap of trouble! I have my calorie limit. I better make each calorie count. Love your blog.

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  23. Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm following you back! Hope you have a wonderful week! :)

    Kim

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  24. Great article. Though there are many causes behind over eatinglike anxiety that is a really common issue for people o eat a lot; it would be really interesting to talk about such things that may be causing the excess of food desire.

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