Do you need to eat or do you want to eat? It turns out hunger is not the only reason we eat food. Many of us stuff our faces with food when our bodies don’t really need it and the fact that food is so easily available doesn’t help us either. Eating food when your body doesn’t really need it is a sure path toward obesity. If you’re curious to find out what these triggers might be and want put a stop to them, read on.
Many of us have food cravings during times of extreme stress. We may feel like the one thing that can lift our spirits when we’re upset is a large tub of chocolate ice-cream or a super cheesy pizza. Although eating comfort food may give us a temporary serotonin boost, it is not an ideal way to deal with stress. Frequent stress eating of unhealthy food will most definitely lead an individual toward weight gain.
As unlikely as it seems, many people eat when they’re bored. They have time to themselves and have nothing better to do so they they think to themselves, “might as well”. If you know that this is your trigger, keep yourself busy and don’t entertain yourself with food.
3. People Eating Around You
Sometimes we eat because the people around us are eating. This makes us feel like we want food when we don’t actually need it. As much as we want to mimic the behavior of the people around us or just want be polite, ensure that you’re not overdoing it.
4. Addictive Nature Of Food
5. Filling An Emotional Void
Some people may eat emotionally to escape from a harsh reality or to appease an emotional issue. They may eat food hoping to fill a void caused due to some other conflict in their lives. This pattern can be highly detrimental to both our mental and physical health and may cause the individual to develop a psychological dependency on the food. It is advisable to talk to a professional to fix the underlying issue that is causing you to eat.
6. It’s Just There
7. It’s Time To Eat
Most of us eat because it’s time to eat. It may not occur to us to ask ourselves if we’re really hungry when the clock tells us that it’s time for a meal. We may have had a heavy lunch for example and can afford to skip our evening snack but relying on the clock without flexibility can cause us to overeat if we’re not careful.
You Don’t Want To Let It Go To Waste
Yes, food wastage is definitely a problem that shouldn’t be taken lightly. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply”. Our parents may have taught us that we shouldn’t waste food because there were starving kids in Africa, but eating it all isn’t a solution to the problem either.