Are Your Hunger Pangs Real or Fake?

It’s a few hours till lunch still and you have got this tiny gnawing feeling in your stomach. Should you or should you not listen to it and take a snack break? What if it’s a false hunger?

Unless you digest food really slowly, it’s likely not a fake hunger. You had your breakfast more than 2 hours back. Eat something small like a fruit or a fistful of dried fruits or a few nuts. All of these have natural sugars that can burn quickly to boost your energy. They also have fibers that can fill you up and keep you from overeating during lunch. If you are struggling to meet your 5 portions of fruit and veggies a day, you could also chomp on a few carrot or celery sticks for your mid-morning snack.

But if you typically take longer to digest your food, you may not be really hungry two and a half hours after breakfast. Drink a glass of water or a cup of light herbal tea. See if the hunger pangs persist. Maybe get up and walk a few paces. Sometimes, restlessness also gives rise to an urge to eat. After all, food is comforting. In most cases, your hunger pangs will vanish.

However, if your breakfast was made of simple carbs (like a doughnut or a bagel) and contained very little fiber, healthy fats, and protein, these hunger pangs may not be fake at all. In such a case, eat half an ounce of roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Have a healthy day!