Posted - January 4, 2012

Differentiating Hunger Cues

For many people that struggle with their weight, one of the biggest causes of overeating is emotional hunger. After having obesity surgery in Dallas your body will not become as hungry as it once would, and your body’s desire for food will decrease, but for many people the emotional desire to eat does not go away. Separating head hunger from physical hunger is crucial to overcoming the desire to overeat.

Head hunger does not depend upon your body’s need for food. Instead, head hunger is reliant upon emotional and social cues. Many people are subject to these desires. For example, going to a movie after a big dinner out with your family may sound like a great amount of fun, but as you have just had dinner it is not your stomach that is in need of popcorn and candy. Instead, you are falling subject to a social cue to eat.

Physical hunger is a natural occurrence that is necessary to survival. When your body becomes physically hungry you may experience a gnawing or empty feeling. Many people grow nervous or jittery as they become hungry. After weight loss surgery it is important to pay attention to these hunger cues and really get to know your body inside and out. By understanding the times of day that you grow hungry and the situations in which you are tempted to overeat due to head hunger you can steadily work towards meeting your weight loss goal.