Drink a glass of water when feeling peckish

23 Apr 2020

When you feel like eating something “just because” and you know it’s not the right time, drinking a glass of (unsweetened) tea or water instead will help you determine whether the hunger is real or not.

When you feel like eating something “just because” and you know it’s not the right time, drinking a glass of (unsweetened) tea or water instead will help you determine whether the hunger is real or not.

Hunger or thirst – which one is it?

Hunger and thirst are often mistaken because initially the two sensations feel alike. They originate in the same part of your brain so it’s easy to confuse them. If you want to make sure you only eat when you’re hungry and drink enough water, you should closely examine how you feel and learn to identify hunger and thirst.

Listen to your belly

When you are on a diet or want to achieve a caloric deficit, it’s tempting to skip a meal or have a block some time when you don’t eat, but this might be a bad idea. When you deprive yourself of food you start to feel hungry and the longer you stay hungry, the more you want to reach for unhealthy foods.

It’s important to learn to really recognize hunger. If your last meal was more than 3 hours ago, examine how you feel.

Symptoms of hunger include:

  • stomach growls or emptiness

  • light-headedness

  • tiredness

  • feeling weak

  • irritability

  • inability to focus

  • strong desire for very sweet or very salty food

Different, yet easy to confuse

Some say that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already slightly dehydrated. That’s why it’s important to drink water not only when you feel parched, but way sooner.

Physical symptoms of dehydration include:

  • dry eyes

  • dry mouth

  • dry skin

  • headaches

  • nausea

  • dizziness

  • constipation

  • dark yellow urine

Mental symptoms are somewhat similar to feeling hungry, that’s why you need to learn to recognize them well in order to not mistake the two. Some mental symptoms include tiredness, inability to focus and make decisions, and difficulty in thinking clearly.