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Hunger Scale: How Hungry Are You Really?

  By posted Mar 15th 2014
Healthy Living

 

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Hunger has often been regarded to be a powerful instinct that can take control over the mind until it has been satiated. It is absolutely normal to give in to this instinct to fulfill your body’s needs for survival. But when hunger becomes gluttony, one ends up giving into to an unhealthy pattern of mindless eating and weight gain. Therefore it is necessary that one recognises the body’s real needs of nourishment and eat accordingly. 


Before you give in to any hunger instincts, use this hunger scale below to help figure out your how hungry you really are.

Starving
When you are starving, you will be uncomfortable and will experience an empty feeling accompanied by light-headedness caused by low blood sugar levels from the lack of energy. It is vital that you eat some food to avoid feeling dizzy or sick. But be warned as you may end up binge eating to satiate this extreme feeling of starvation.

Hungry
At this stage you may feel some weakness and your body will automatically signal you that it needs food.  If you don’t comply with these needs at this stage you will enter into the starving stage where you will face low blood sugar.

Moderately hungry
This is the stage where you can feel and hear your stomach growling which can only be calmed down when you eat food. This is a natural feeling that you feel when your stomach is truly empty and it is most apt to eat at this stage. 

False hunger
During this stage you may think you feel hungry but it is mostly influenced by biological or psychological needs. Many conditions like stress, loneliness or acidity may cause this false hunger.

Satiated
The satiated stage is that time where you feel neither hungry nor full. Your body is completely relaxed and your stomach feels at peace.

Full
When you’re full, you will feel fullness in your belly and may also feel bloated. At this point your food may begin to feel less tasty than when you started eating. If you get to this stage, you should stop eating immediately.

Overstuffed

Being overstuffed is that point where try to eat even though your body cannot take any more food. If you continue to eat, you will feel uncomfortable and may even face mild heartburn from your stomach acids creeping into your esophagus.

To avoid overeating and unhealthy eating patterns, it is recommended that you analyse your hunger and eat only during the moderately hungry and hungry stages. Eating at other stages won’t do you any good.

 

 

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