By April Conard
Have you ever had an exceptionally long day or finished a hard workout and felt famished? Did you eat everything in sight, yet didn’t feel satisfied? Let me riddle you this, are you hungry or could you be thirsty?
If your stomach growls, and there is some churning and grumbling, you automatically think hunger. In fact, you may be experiencing mixed brain signals. To learn the difference you must understand your body better. Pay close attention to the last time you had a meal compared with the last time you had something to drink. It might be that empty feeling in your stomach only needs some water for satiety
Try not to depend on the noises and feeling your stomach makes. The next time you feel hunger pangs, drink an eight ounce glass of water, it might take up to 15 minutes for your brain to register that your body was merely thirsty and that the thirst has been satisfied. If after that time, you still feel hungry, then eat. When you try this method every time you think your stomach feels empty, you will be able to better determine between being hungry and being thirsty.
The next time you’re tempted to reach for a snack, ask yourself, “Could I actually be thirsty?” Many of us mistake thirst for hunger, thinking we want food when what our bodies really need is a drink of water. So we overeat and leave our bodies still thirsting.
Proper hydration is one of the keys, not only to staying fit and healthy, but to looking and feeling our best, as well. If you avoid dehydration, you can avoid overeating. When you start to hydrate by drinking enough water, then your appetite goes down because you’re actually fulfilling what your body needs, which is water.
Still unsure whether you are hungry or thirsty? Place foods with a high water content on your daily menu. These include, leafy greens, tomatoes, juicy fruits and melons (they even named one after water)! The body is an amazing thing. If you listen to what your body needs, it will take care of the rest.