Check your Feelings - Are you hungry or hungry?
5 signs & 1 test how to tell hunger from appetite
Hey OFFSET Babe! You know those days when you can eat anything you can find? Today we're going to look at what really separates hunger and appetite and how you can tell if you're really hungry or just having an appetite attack.
Sign #1: I want it NOW
Appetite is actually only created in your head by an appetite trigger. This can be, for example, boredom, advertising, pictures, smells, stress, sadness or even PMS. For example, a typical scenario for an appetite attack is craving a candy bar that you just saw in an ad.
Sign #2: No Greens
You're hungry for something special or unhealthy - you wouldn't eat healthy snacks like cucumbers or carrots right now.
Sign #3: Ouch
You feel hungry more physically. It usually comes from within and not from the head. You feel an uncomfortable feeling that almost hurts.
Sign #4: I take it all
You don't care what you have in the house right now. You just eat what's there. Even if it's old, dry bread.
Sign #5: It takes time
The feeling of hunger usually occurs 4 - 6 hours after the last meal. If you've really eaten your fill, you won't be hungry again after an hour. After all, your body also needs time to process the food you eat.
Still not sure? Take the test!
Drink a full glass of water and then ask yourself the question:
Would I eat a vegetable soup now too?
If you can answer the question with YES, it's real hunger and you should start cooking yourself a meal. For example a Pretty Little Meal or a Mixed Meal, which can also be a vegetable soup.
If you can deny it rather, an appetite trigger has caught you. Move somewhere else, for example get some fresh air or distract yourself in other ways. You can also use the Little Helper to bridge the time until the next meal.
Once you have done this a few times, over time you will feel the difference, understand and learn what real hunger is and what just appetite.