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Emotional eating is the biggest cause of obesity. People eat because they are bored, lonely, tired etc.

You may use food as something to cheer you up when you are feeling down. You may use food as something to cheer you up when you are feeling down.

Why do you eat when you are not physically hungry?

The solution begins with awareness. Once you are constantly aware of the reason you eat….you can catch yourself before eating emotionally. You can realise that food is just a quick fix for feeling better.

If you make your decisions about your food emotionally, the impact on your weight and health can be very destructive.

You need to find to recognise the difference between physical and emotional hunger

Physical hunger builds up gradually, starting with the tiny grumbling in the stomach growing to full hunger pains. Emotional hunger develops suddenly. Emotional hunger seems to demand immediate satisfaction. Physical hunger usually appears 3 hours after the last meal. Emotional hunger can happen anytime. After eating for physical hunger the hunger goes away; after emotional eating the hunger persists. After eating for physical hunger you get satisfaction, after eating for emotional reasons you feel guilty. Usually emotional hunger appears with specific foods while physical hunger comes on with any food.

If you want to get leaner you must establish your caloric deficit, which means you are probably going to be hungry sometimes between meals.

The caloric deficit must be no more than 10% of the total daily caloric allowance . On low calorie diets a woman’s menstrual cycle may stops and a man’s testosterone level plummets.