Taming Hunger: Why It Starts With Your Brain

February 23, 2015 12:00 PM

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Appetite is a tricky thing. Some people seem to be hungry all the time, while others forget to eat. Humans vary widely in their subjective experience of hunger due to neurobiological variations (our brains!) and how exposed we are to environmental cues. The key to appetite control is learning how your brain works and controlling the cues that set it off.

1. Surveillance. The best way to learn the conditioned cues is to study them. Track your hunger/fullness throughout the day on a scale from 0-10, where 0 is starving, 5 is comfortably full and 10 is uncomfortably full. Note what you're doing when you're getting close to a 0. Are you hours from a mea...

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