Physical or Emotional Hunger
Do you use food "occasionally" to satisfy those feelings of stress, sadness or boredom and feel better? Emotional eating is trying to fill an emotional vacuum to feel better through food. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to what you eat and why do you it.
It is important to know the differences between physical hunger and emotional hunger:
Emotional hunger begins suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually.
When you are eating to mitigate a feeling no matter if your stomach is full or empty, you only need to eat and you don’t get satisfied just with any food; on the other hand, when you eat because you have physical hunger, you are open to all options.
Emotional hunger needs to be immediately satisfied with the food that you want; physical hunger can wait.
If you are eating to satisfy an emotional need, even when you're full, you will eat more in contrast with physical hunger, stop eating when you are full.
The emotional eating always generates feelings of guilt; physical hunger, does not.
It is important to learn how to eat. The first prerequisite to eat is hungry, not appetite.
Regular physical activity is an important ally in managing this type of "false" hunger, if you're about to eat and manage to realize that you don't have true hunger, but to mitigate an emotion, the best thing is to engage in an aerobic physical activity that will be much healthier.
To avoid overeating you should carry out a complete and balanced meal plan. Restrictive diets, besides being dangerous to health, lead to the famous "rebound effect".