Hungry or Gluttonous: Which are You Feeling?

Jun 21 08:16 2017 Priscilla Manning Print This Article

This article makes a clear definition as to what real hunger is, not to be confused with cravings or "fake" hunger.

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How do you even start being fit when food is life? As much as you want to kick-start your fitness goals, all your plans become insignificant the moment you see food. I’ll let you in on a secret. It’s all about choosing your battles.


Eating a lot makes you gain weight, but it doesn’t necessarily give you the nutrients your body needs. Further, your body will react differently depending on the kinds of food that you eat, especially the unhealthy ones. The only way to keep your system in tip-top shape is by eating a wide variety of healthy foods that provide your body with a range of essential nutrients.


There’s no need for statistics to say that we all eat A LOT—even your vital statistics can tell. According to this article, we eat 600 more calories a day than we did in 1970. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that most people eat more than they should, especially those who don’t manage their diets.


In line with that, societal norms, not hunger, determine our mealtimes, which means people don’t normally eat because they need to, but because it would be uncomfortable not to. This discomfort can be brought about by other factors such as stimulation from seeing or smelling food, emotions, or even nutrient deficiency.


So, let’s get things straight. Do you eat to satisfy the feeling of hunger or do you give in to fake hunger to eat more? Mind you, these are two different things. Human beings have an innate sense of hunger and fullness. To identify hunger, you have to understand what it is, as well as its effects on your body.


There’s a Fine Line Between Hungry and Craving


Not all hunger resonates equally, so don’t think that you may have a problem with your digestive system for being hungry all the time and solve it by eating too much, as it doesn’t work that way.


If you’re very conscious about your health and weight, keep in mind that there’s a fine line between hunger and cravings. You shouldn’t always give in to these cravings, as these may be classified as false hunger, which deceives you to eat more until it adds another extra kilogram in you.


According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese. This goes to show that there’s an excess amount of body weight that may come from eating more than we should.


Take some time to listen to your body and evaluate what type of hunger you’re feeling. Here are five questions you should ask yourself to determine if you’re really hungry or just feeling gluttonous:


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Priscilla Manning
Priscilla Manning

Priscilla is a marketer by day and a fitness freak by night. When she's not in the office, you'll probably find her at her local gym or jogging through rush hour traffic.

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