Are you eating when you should be drinking
Am I hungry or am I thirsty? That’s the question I have started asking myself when I get hunger pangs. This has happened to me quite often when I have just had a meal and I feel hungry within an hour.
It’s actually relatively common for people to confuse thirst for hunger. If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to know the difference between how it feels to be hungry and how it feels to be thirsty. Otherwise, you could be consuming more calories than you need, which makes it harder to achieve your weight loss goals. Knowing and recognizing the difference between hunger and thirst can play a big part in whether we are successful with our daily diets, and feel our best.
Test It Out
Whenever you think you may be hungry, try drinking a glass of water and waiting 15 minutes. If this satisfies you, you were just thirsty. If you still feel your stomach grumbling, you’re probably hungry. If drinking a glass of water or eating a snack doesn’t seem to satisfy you, you could be experiencing a craving or emotional hunger, rather than true hunger.
In all probability when we get the hunger feeling, we may not necessarily be hungry at all but that we’re actually thirsty! In fact, research shows that about 40% of people, mistake thirst with hunger.
This confusion causes many people to over eat and thus put on those extra kilos. Therefore, it’s very essential to react wisely to save yourself from the extra load of calories. The best way to clear the confusion is, when you feel the hunger pangs creeping in an hour after a meal, rather than breaking into some snacks, drink a glass of water and hold on for 15 minutes as it might take that much time for the hypothalamus to send a signal to let the nervous system know that the body was just thirsty and that the thirst has been quenched.
Stay hydrated: Let thirst be your guide or you can use the general recommendation to drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, more if it’s hot outside or you are exercising. If you are drinking enough water, your urine should be very pale yellow. (It’s darker when you’re dehydrated.) Once you’ve eliminated mild dehydration as a cause of whatever sensations you’re feeling, it’s easier to identify hunger.
Start paying attention to how hunger feels for you: Physical hunger grows gradually as the time since your last meal increases. How soon you’ll start feeling hunger depends in part on the size and composition of your previous meal or snack, but pay particular attention to possible hunger cues between two and five hours after eating.
I would say, you must try the experiments and check which one works the best for you. You see it’s absolutely essential to differentiate between the two before we fall prey to over eating and weight gain.