You’ve all experienced it. You just had a good meal, ate a steak and some veggies with a couple pieces of bacon. As you go back to sit on your computer, you feel the urge to eat something. How is that possible? You just ate! Is it possible that you could still be hungry?
Well, 99% of the time, the truth is that you are experiencing a craving!
But how could you make the difference? How do you know when you are experiencing real hunger and when you are just craving something?
1.Hunger is physiological need, meaning your body needs fuel.
Cravings are psychological needs, meaning that you need to fill an emotion
2.Hunger gets stronger as the time goes by, and no matter if you go for a walk or whatever you get busy doing, it won’t go away!
Cravings, on the other hand pass. They last just for 10 to 20 minutes. You get yourself distracted with something else, and they are gone!
1. Hunger doesn’t appear in just a minute. It is a process. After you have eaten your last meal, you experience a boost in your energy, and it slowly declines after that!
Cravings come with an urgency. In one moment you feel full and satisfied and a couple minutes later, you really want to eat a piece of cake or candy!
3.Hunger makes your stomach growl.
Cravings don’t cause your stomach to make noises. Cravings are in your brain!
On the other hand, cravings can be due to emotional and physiological reasons.
Emotional cravings are when a memory or a feeling makes you experience an urge to eat a pancake or some other kind of junk. You know how you loved to visit your grandma because of the great pancakes she used to make you for breakfast, right? That memory became connected to the good feeling you used to experience. So, now when you go to your grandma’s house you might feel a craving to eat a pancake. But do you really need it? The answer is NO!
Physiological cravings appear when your body is deficient in some kind of nutrients! You might think you are eating right, but your body might have another opinion. SO you better listen to your body. Which is not a green light to indulge in junk food. Check out this article and find out what hides behind each craving!
Now you are an expert in differing hunger from cravings. Trust your body, not your emotions!