Part 1: Physical Hunger
Do You Know The Difference Between Physical Hunger & Emotional Hunger?
There are two separate hunger entities, and knowing the difference between the two is very important, especially for those of you who are participating in the Kim Shapira Method. Physical hunger and emotional hunger can feel very similar, yet are immensely unalike. By understanding the difference, you will be able to stop overeating, weight gain, unhealthy habits, and much more.
Today, we will get into physical hunger, including what it feels like and what it means.
Physical hunger is what occurs when your body is actually hungry. It is your body telling you that you need some essential nutrients. This is the hunger that we actually want to listen to. There are signs that will point to physical hunger, and these are the exact things we need to pay attention to. Some of the signs of physical hunger include: a rumbling stomach, low energy, feeling of satisfaction, and being aware of what & how much you are eating.
When your stomach starts to rumble, it is a clear-cut sign that you are physically hungry, and it is time to get something to eat. This may not mean that you are absolutely starving, so stick to your diet plan and eat what you planned on ingesting. If you start feeling groggy or notice low energy, it is time to fuel up again and eat something. Again, don’t just stuff yourself with random foods, be sure to follow a diet plan and eat what you intended.
When you are eating a meal, always pay attention to how your body is feeling. As soon as you feel satisfied, stop eating. The only thing that is going to come from continuing after satisfaction is a very full feeling, unnecessary calories, and in turn, added weight gain. One way to help notice the “satisfied” feeling is to eat a little slower than normal. Give your body time to digest the food, and surely you will notice the period of satisfaction before you finish a whole plate full.
Lastly, being aware of what you are eating and how much of it you are consuming is very important. Most people knowingly eat more than they are supposed to be eating. Being able to stop this is key! Pay attention to how much you are eating. Instead of finishing the plate because you are used to doing it, slow down, eat half of it, drink some water and let it digest for a few minutes. Chances are you will feel satisfied and get to save the rest for later. Not only is this saving your weight and health, but it will also save you money since you will be eating that second portion at a later time.
One of my personal favorite things to do is to drink a cup of water as soon as I start to feel hungry. Why? Fact: 78% of the time that you feel “hungry,” you are actually thirsty. Crazy, but true! The way your brain tells you that you are hungry and thirsty is essentially the same in the beginning stages of hunger/thirst. To identify which one you are truly feeling, drink some water. In 15 minutes or so, you will have most likely completely forgotten about the “fake hunger” you were just feeling. If you haven’t forgotten, and still feel hungry, then that is a physical sign of hunger and it is time to eat something. This method alone has helped many people stick to their diet and get their life and health back on track. Try it out for yourself, you will love this new little trick!
All in all, get to know the difference between your body telling you to eat more because it’s hungry versus it telling you to eat more for emotional reasons. Stay tuned for all the emotional hunger signs in the next post. Oh, and if you haven’t already started the Kim Shapira Method, it isn’t too late. It’s never too late to kickstart your health! Tons of people are already doing it, it’s free, and it’s easier than you think. Don’t know what it is, well click here #THEKIMSHAPIRAMETHOD to find out more and get started!
Thanks for reading and I hope you are all having a great start to the New Year!!
Kim Shapira MS, RD