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WHAT IS HUNGER?

Everybody needs fuel for functioning, which comes from food. Lack of a healthy balanced
meal causes a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the
desire to eat. Hunger is that rumbling feeling in your tummy, you know its time to grab a bite
to eat.

WHY DO WE GET HUNGRY?

It’s that lack of energy which makes us hungry. That energy and nutrients are derived from
the food we eat. To make our bodies keep working, we have to continually be digesting food.
But, why do people feel hungry just after 2 hours of their meal, and why do they complain
about always being hungry? Here, comes the twist.

There are two types of hunger: Stomach hunger and Mouth hunger.

WHAT IS STOMACH HUNGER?

Stomach hunger is a physiological need for fuel. True hunger is a feeling below the heart
and it’s a growl or a grumble in the belly. Stomach hunger serves a more important purpose,
signalling our brain that it’s time to eat. It’s the time when the body has burned up all the
food in the stomach, blood sugar and insulin level begins to drop, the stomach sends the
signal to the brain.

WHAT IS MOUTH HUNGER?

We are surrounded by food, and when you crave the pleasure of food, it changes to Mouth
hunger. It’s a feeling which you get just after smelling or seeing something. And, sometimes
just after hearing about something delicious and tempting. It is a hunger that has an
emotional rather than a biological basis. It is the hunger that the emotional eaters experience
when they are sad, lonely, tired, or bored.

HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE AMONG THE TWO?


Here comes the real game and you have to master this art of differentiating among the two,
because this can result in overeating leading to obesity and many other serious health
issues.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

This problem needs a solution because this results in overeating and other health problems.
Follow these simple steps to deal with this:

1. Choose your food wisely and understand how everything you eat impacts your
feelings of fullness. Include the essential macronutrients: carbs, fats, and protein in
your meal. A meal rich in complex carbs, proteins, and healthy fats decreases the
feeling of constant hunger.

2. Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can cause some serious issues like stress
which can result in emotional eating. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of good sleep to stay
energetic and stress- free throughout the day.

3. Meditation can help you reduce emotional eating which is the root of many health
problems.

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