PSYCHOLOGICAL REASONS WHY YOU BINGE: HEIGHTENED SENSITIVITY TO FOOD CUES Ц THE DIFFERENCE IN PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE
There was a big difference in how the overweight subjects responded to the situation compared to those who were not overweight. When those who were
not overweight reported feeling hungry, their stomachs were contracting, showing a real physiological response. With the overweight subjects, there was
no relationship between stomach contractions and reports of hunger. When they felt hungry, nothing was happening. In fact, sometimes when they reported
hunger, stomach contractions were occurring but they were not paying attention to them. Their hunger was more psychological in nature.
What this means is that people who binge are less responsive to internal hunger cues than other people. On the other hand, they are more responsive to
external food cues. The appearance of food as well as its smell and taste turns on their appetite. They crave food because it's there. Real hunger is irrelevant.
Heightened sensitivity to external cues increases when you are dieting. This is part of the body's survival response. Your body cannot tell the difference between
dieting and starvation. Since the body is so programmed for survival, it makes dieting more difficult by making you more sensitive to the sights, smells, and
tastes of food. Your body wants you to pay more attention to food so you will eat and not starve.
A major part of overcoming binge eating is to learn what real hunger is and what it feels like. You must learn to become less sensitive to food and more
sensitive to your internal hunger feelings. I will show you exacdy how to accomplish this goal through my Mindful-Eating Program.