Think You’re Hungry? It Could Be “Fake”



Have you experienced a situation where even after eating your meals, you still feel hungry? Are you really hungry or is it a game that your mind plays? Do you want to know the real reason for this ‘fake’ hunger?

‘Fake’ or False hunger is a sensation experienced when the mind is not relaxed or in other words, stressed. Let us learn more about this feeling. How do you find and control this sensation and free yourself from this demon?

If in less than 2 hours after eating a balanced meal or sizeable snack, you experience hunger, this is your FIRST cue.

In fact, these fake hunger pangs are so strong that you almost forget that you have already eaten. The urge to eat is very strong and it forces us to grab a snack or mini meal to satisfy ourselves. Often we look out either for something sweet or salty to satisfy this hunger. We unknowingly end up eating extra. This extra intake of calories leads to weight gain, guilt and further complications.

We need to understand a crucial point here. When our body is emotionally craving for sugar (from candies and chocolates) or has a strong urge to eat something salty, we need to pause and check our meal time. Having the urge to eat something sweet or salty after a complete meal is your SECOND cue to fake hunger.

So the next time when you are hungry, watch out for these cues and then you can easily differentiate genuine hunger from false hunger.
Some important point that I would like to stress upon.

  • The next time you experience hunger at odd times and your stomach is trying its hardest to convince you to grab that extra snack when you really don’t need, try following these alternatives.
    • Walk away from your kitchen areas,
    • Have a big glass of water,
    • Go out for a stroll.
    • Reach out for healthy snacks like fruits and vegetable sticks.
  • We often experience fake hunger when our meals are not balanced with respect to the nutrients that are essential for our body to stay healthy and fit.
  • Eating our meals in a hurry is also associated with fake hunger. Eating fast has its fault because the brain takes a whole of 20 minutes to get a feeling of fullness. We should aim to eat our food slowly and relish each morsel of food.
  • We should make a conscious effort to listen to our body and comply with its requests. If you feel hungry at odd times or immediately after your meals, have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry.
  • Lack of one or more nutrients lead to imbalance and various complications one of it being ‘fake hunger’. Be relaxed, eat a balanced diet and enjoy your mealtimes. This is the best way to stay healthy and curb fake hunger pangs.

Knowing and identifying are the key challenges here. Listen to your gut and take charge of your body. Now is the time to off load that intake of few extra calories due to those ‘fake hunger’ pangs.

About the author
I am a freelance dietitian based in Dubai. I strongly believe that health is the highest form of self-respect that we can gift ourselves. Besides being a dietitian I am also a NLP certified life coach. In my opinion Health is a state of mind, for most of us are emotional eaters. Our diet is influence by the emotional patterns that our mind has created over a period of time. And if we are to keep ourselves healthy we need to create new healthy neuro-connections in our brain. I strongly endorse a lifestyle change rather than just the usual diet change. A practical and sound nutritional guidance backed by logic and scientific research is a guaranteed way to good health. Read my posts to create healthy neuro-connection. Leaving you with a thought to ponder upon….. Life’s not about expecting, hoping, and wishing. It’s about doing, being, and becoming. It’s about the choices you’ve just made, and the ones you’re about to make, It’s about the things you choose to say – today. It’s about what you’re gonna do after you finish reading this. -Mike Dooley

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