trimdownclub, April 16, 2012
You may feel hungry on a diet, but you can’t really figure out why. This is a common problem and has as much to do with the mental aspect of things as with the physical. This is a phenomenon that has plagued dieters for years and yet there are some very easy to understand answers.
The problem is that you almost have to condition the brain. It tends to think that you are hungry even when you really aren’t. The brain becomes very accustomed to the way that you eat and therefore when you change things up it goes into overdrive. So what is it that makes you feel hungry the minute you say that you are on a diet? Is there any way to break the cycle?
The Brain Ensures That You Never Go Into Starvation
The brain is like the epicenter of everything that goes on within the body. This is the control tower so to speak for your hormones, for your organs, and for the way in which your body functions. Therefore when you start to feel hungry, the brain starts to go to work. At the end of the day its main role is to ensure that you never go hungry and that you certainly never go into starvation mode.
This is also the point at which many diets fail as the body starts to overcompensate for your reduction in calories. If you drastically reduce portions and calories then the brain tries to keep up and sends signals to the body that you are about to go into starvation mode. This is the point at which the body therefore begins to hold onto every calorie that you consume as it thinks that the body needs it for survival.
So while the brain goes into work to protect you from starvation it is doing what it should be. However this can backfire as many people find out when they gain weight rather than lose it on a diet that they try out. This is why diet trends and fads never work as you should never completely deprive yourself—it will never work!
The Brain is Used to Your Old Eating Habits
You condition yourself each and every day whether you realize it or not. When you are eating all the wrong foods or eating far too much in one sitting then you are conditioning yourself to those habits. The brain begins to adapt and think that this is the way that you need to eat to survive.
So when you change things up and you go down the path of eating better, the brain isn’t quite sure what to do. This is when the brain begins to think that something is wrong as it is used to and conditioned for the old way of doing things. Through years of eating wrong, your brain has grown accustomed to this. So you need to retrain it and this is the hardest part of the cycle. You may need to feel a little bit of hunger to get to the point that you should be at. Do keep in mind that this should never come about due to starvation or deprivation, but good sound nutritious and healthy eating.
You May Be Mistaking Hunger for Something Else
The brain is a very important organ within the body and therefore it has a lot of power. If you think that you are hungry it may very well be something else. Are you eating out of an emotional reaction? Are you eating because you are bored? Are you eating because you feel upset, frustrated, anxious, or fearful?
Many people mistake the signals that the brain sends for hunger when really it’s not hunger at all. You may be hungry or you may just be bored and mistake that for hunger. This is common and it takes awhile to get used to but you have to learn to listen to your body. Your brain will follow suit and in no time you will learn to understand the hunger is something entirely different. Work with your brain and not against it and you will have smooth sailing on a new diet plan!