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I have read and re read the different e books when I need inspiration to do my work out. By the time I am 2 paragraphs in (to Female Fat Loss Over 40), I am ready to get my work out clothes on and go for it. I really enjoy the challenging work outs and the audio book with the different timing intervals makes it easy!! I am really enjoying your program, particularly these 2 months which are especially busy for me. I can’t always make it to Boot camp but I feel so much better when I exercise. It’s great to have the option of doing a challenging workout at home. I am looking forward to taking your program on my next vacation. Thanks!!

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Why Do You Eat?

Six reasons you eat when you’re not hungry.

The human body requires a certain amount of calories in order for its body systems to function. At certain times throughout the day your body tells you when it’s time to eat more calories. Your stomach will growl, you feel drained of energy, or you have a hunger headache. These are all signs it’s time to eat.

The problem is, you may find yourself eating when you aren’t truly hungry. Your stomach hasn’t growled, and it’s only been a short time since your last meal. Unfortunately, consuming more calories than the body needs for energy is a recipe for weight gain. There are many possible reasons why you turn to food when you’re not hungry. Here are a few of the most common.

You’re Feeling Tired

For whatever reason, you didn’t get a good night’s sleep, and you feel zapped of energy the next day. What do you do? Turn to food and drink to perk you up. But there’s more going on in your body than meets the eye. A lack of sleep triggers production of ghrelin (a hormone that increases your appetite) and slows production of leptin (a hormone that tells you when you’re full). The result? You end up overeating when you’re not really hungry.

Boredom Sets In

Boredom is a leading cause of overeating. There’s nothing else to do, so why not stop by the refrigerator to see what there is to munch on? Or maybe you have things to do, you just don’t feel like doing them at the moment. So you eat something. Because, well, eating sounds more enjoyable than chores or work projects. Besides, you’ll get to your to-do list after a break in the kitchen.

You Feel Down & Out

Weight gain is often associated with unmanaged negative emotions. For many, eating is a way to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, or sadness. It’s a great distraction and fills a void for a moment. Food temporarily takes your mind off of what’s bothering you. It is instantly gratifying and helps you feel comforted and satisfied. The problem with this type of eating is that it often creates a vicious cycle of overeating. You eat because you’re sad, then you eat because you feel guilty for overeating.

The risk of overeating is great if you’re always stressed or anxious. These emotions trigger the fight-or-flight response that tells your body to produce cortisol. This hormone increases your appetite to fuel the fight-or-flight response, so you always feel hungry—even when you don’t need to eat.

Food Looks Good

Just seeing yummy food can make you want to eat when you’re not really hungry. Don’t believe it? Consider what happens when you see food commercials or ads on the internet. Your mouth actually waters! This response can lead to a lot of overeating. Just seeing snacks in the breakroom or food sitting out in the kitchen can tempt you to eat.

You’ve Been Drinking

It’s not smart to drink on an empty stomach. And once you start drinking, if you start eating also, it can be hard to stop. When you drink alcohol, your inhibitions are lowered and self control goes out the door. Few people make smart decisions when they’re drinking. If you’ve got food in front of you, you’ll likely make the wrong choice.

It’s What You Do

At certain times of the day or in specific situations, you eat. It’s what you do. Maybe you’ve grown accustomed to a midmorning snack. Perhaps you eat mindlessly when on long car rides, hanging out with friends, or at the movies. Situational overeating is a common problem. It’s easy to get in the habit of eating when you’re not really hungry.


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