Why We Eat The Foods We Do
What better time is there than now to transform your body into the one that you’ve always dreamed of!
To get you off to a great start I’d like to share with you some food for thought:
Why do you eat?
Now, I know at first glance the answer to that question seems painfully obvious – but I want you to dig deeper. You’re probably thinking that you eat when your body is hungry to get the energy you need to sustain life. And you’re partially right.
But that’s not the only reason that you eat.
The truth is that you (along with almost everyone you know) eat too much.
Your body simply doesn’t need all of the calories that you consume, and it shows in a physique that is less than svelte.
If we only ate to fuel our bodies then we’d all have washboard abs. And that’s clearly not the case, right?
So what drives you to eat when you shouldn’t? Hmmm…
Here are four basic reasons to eat:
1. Because you’re hungry… This one is obvious. You eat when your body tells you that it’s hungry and in need of fuel. Just like your car lets you know when it’s time to get to a gas station to fill up, your body is great at letting you know that energy stores are low.
Eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you are full is a healthy thing. Too bad this isn’t the only reason that you eat…
2. Because you’re emotional… but the truth is that you also eat when you are emotional. Think back – can you remember a time when you turned to food after a stressful confrontation? Or how about when you’ve soothed the blues away by treating your sweet tooth?
And it’s not just negative emotions that lead to emotional eating – most of us reward happiness with unnecessary calories as well.
Emotional eating adds an untold number of calories to your diet – all calories that are unnecessary and turn into fatty deposits on your body.
3. Because you’re social… “Come on, don’t just sit there, have a slice of pizza with us”. No one likes to eat alone, and so you feel obligated to eat with others.
How many times have you filled up a plate just because everyone else was eating?
When eating becomes a social activity with no thought to the calories that are being consumed, only one thing will result: weight gain.
4. Because you’re habitual… At the end of each day you relax in front of the television with a snack, and I’m willing to bet that it isn’t because you’re hungry.
You simply associate sitting down to watch television with eating something. Or maybe you always visit the vending machine on your break whether you’re hungry or not – it’s just become a habit.
As humans we love to form habits, and when your habits involve eating extra calories then your waistline suffers for it.
Here is my challenge to you: Take the time to examine why you are eating, and choose to only eat when you’re truly hungry.
This small action has the potential to dramatically improve your physique and all around health.