Eating out of simple boredom, tiredness, anxiety or other emotional reasons can lead to unnecessary calories and unnecessary weight gain. Gauge your true hunger using these tips:
- A growling, rumbling, gnawing or hunger pang sensation in your stomach
- Low energy, or feeling weak
- Difficulty concentrating
- A mild headache
If you find yourself eating when you are experiencing an emotion besides hunger, such as boredom or anxiety, try to find a non-eating activity to do instead. You may find a quick walk or phone call with a friend helps you feel better.