Hunger, it often comes on suddenly and in ravenous proportions. However, aside from legitimate physical hunger, a reminder that your body requires vital nourishment, we often crave food for reasons that have more to do with our brains than our bodies. Stress, boredom, and mood can all cause us to become famished and affect our weight and health.
Let’s decipher the ten most common types of hunger…
1. Nutritional Hunger
Nutritional hunger is a physical response to lack of fuel accompanied by symptoms of plunging blood sugar, irritability, weakness, headache, hunger pangs, rumbly tummy, and even shakiness if we wait to long for sustenance. The important thing is to fuel up regularly throughout the day to avoid low blood sugar and the inevitable mid-afternoon snack binge that can occur if we wait to long to satiate real hunger. To satisfy physical hunger in a pinch, keep fresh pieces of fruit (i.e., apples or oranges) and healthy snacks (i.e., raw nuts) unhand in case of an emergency.