Although it is normal to feel hungry between meals, we do not always tend to hit the food we choose to take among those considered the most important meals of the day (dinner, lunch, snack and dinner). Usually because, very often, we choose foods rich in saturated fats and sugars, which besides being not very nutritious and healthy, will cause us to gain weight and end up getting fatter.
The truth is that, in reality, if we maintain a nutritious, rich and balanced diet, we eat properly at times when we touch and usually lead a lifestyle as calm and relaxed as possible, we do not have to be hungry between hours.
Fundamentally because, as many nutritionists and psychologists say, in a certain sense we could say that pecking is related not to a sense of appetite or real hunger, but to poor management of stress . That is, we tend to give an inappropriate response to situations that stress us, anguish or make us nervous, so that instead of solving them we open our appetite and eat the first thing we catch.
But chopping between meals does not have to be seen as a problem for our health or for our weight if we choose healthy and nutritious options. That is, the alternative in those moments when we get hungry and it is not yet time to have lunch or dinner we find it in chop healthily .
- Useful tips to avoid hunger between hours
Simple tricks so as not to snack between meals
What kind of hunger do you have?
The truth is that, as we indicated before, in most of the occasions we sting between hours because we feel what in psychology is known as emotional hunger . That is, it is not a type of physical hunger, but our appetite tends to open up to situations that cause us anguish or stress. In other words, we eat in response to a certain emotional need .
So, if for example our sensation of hunger appears suddenly, we feel a terrible anxiety to calm it down and we want to eat unhealthy foods rich in fats and / or sugars, it is quite evident that what we have to control is not the appetite, but to attend to the emotional or psychological cause that is causing this response.
Are you nervous, anxious or stressed? Breathe and call yourself
Once you have identified if you are facing a type of emotional or physical and real hunger, if you have noticed that in reality the immense desire to peck between meals is due to some rather emotional cause, the key is to breathe consciously .
It is an excellent option to investigate in our interior and discover what it is that can be stressing or distressing us. Maybe it's a concern for our work? Are we afraid of an event of the future?
For a moment, sit down, close your eyes and breathe consciously for a few minutes.
In addition, you will notice if you are eating for anxiety (and your hunger will therefore be emotional) if: you eat very fast and a lot, you choose very caloric foods especially rich in empty calories, after having eaten you feel guilty.
Try to eat slowly and slowly, chewing food well
When we eat for anxiety or because we are nervous we tend to do it quickly, swallowing food practically instead of enjoying its flavor, aroma and texture.
Therefore, the key is not only to focus on eating, but to do it slowly, with small bites and chewing food well. This in turn will help your stomach give you time to send the necessary signals to the brain to indicate that you are already satiated, and therefore you will not overeat.