Hunger can’t be trusted. The appetite signal has countless impostors that wear convincing disguises; and more often than not, we fall for them! These hunger mimickers have you reaching for something to munch on, before you realize you just feasted on a hearty lunch an hour ago! Unfortunately, acting on false “hunger” you feel now and then will only have you consuming more food than you need. As a result, your waistline expands and that number on the scale creeps up as your body stores these extra calories as fat.
Meanwhile, turning to food when you’re not actually hungry results in unhealthy choices, whereas acknowledging true physical hunger will have you reaching for more nutritious solutions that truly satisfy. Signals from your environment, emotions, and social setting can stimulate your appetite when your body doesn’t actually need fuel. Here at SkinnyMs., we’re giving you top-notch advice on how locate these false hunger cues, and ultimately tell when you’re actually hungry. Truly determining the “realness” of your hunger signals will lead to lifelong habits that’ll help you manage your weight and/or achieve your weight loss goals!
1. Locate your triggers.
Certain situations can automatically invite hunger, since we associate these situations with eating. For example, exposure to food while sitting with groups of people, watching people eat, watching sports games, or even smelling an irresistible aroma from your nearby bakery can send hunger signals flying. Instead of giving into the incredible temptation around you, stand your ground by asking yourself if you’re truly hungry in these moments. If not, take deep breaths, find your center, and maintain your willpower. Make this a habit, and we promise it gets easier!
2. Tune in for a growl.
Your tummy doesn’t mean to embarrass you by grumbling and gurgling unexpectedly. With an absence of food in your stomach, the muscles down there get going, sometimes in the form of a light rumble and others as a full-on roar. The gas and air pockets cause these muscles to make noise as they begin to contract, and these contractions cause you to feel hungry. This is your body’s way of telling you it’s empty and needs more food. If it’s not mealtime yet, grabbing a quick snack will quiet your belly’s commotion.
And if you just ate and your experiencing some uninvited clamor down there, your eating habits could prevent you from feeling full and satisfied. Check out these 5 Eating Habits that Keep you Hungry after a Meal, and learn to break them ASAP!
3. Was your hunger gradual?
False hunger initiated by sneaky triggers like an irresistible aroma or the sight of something drool-worthy, comes suddenly. By contrast, real, genuine hunger builds gradually over time. A bogus hunger sensation passes quickly, whereas true hunger sticks with you and only intensifies as the clock ticks on. Meanwhile, if you crave a specific food (think sugary sweets or salty snacks), you should be skeptical of this hunger’s sincerity. As fleeting sensations, cravings also disguise themselves as true hunger and can infringe on your weight maintenance goals. True hunger can be satisfied with nearly any food, not just the goodies you crave.