The sensation of hunger is instinctual. For many people the first twinge of hunger sends them searching for food, often before they need to eat. Feeling a little hungry at the start of a meal is good, but knowing when you could wait longer is also important.
Eating every time you feel hungry can result in overeating. If you struggle with this, ask yourself these questions before your next meal:
- Am I hungry? (If you're not sure, wait 20 minutes and ask again.)
- When was the last time I ate? (If it's less than three hours, it may not be real hunger.)
- Could a small snack tide me over until the next meal? (Have ready-to-eat fruit or vegetables on hand.)