How do you know you're hungry, for real? And what causes hunger in the first place? Find out all the details about how hunger and how to keep it at bay!
You know the feeling: Maybe you're in the midst of a big work project, or perhaps you're simply running errand after errand. All of a
sudden, you feel lightheaded, irritable, and all-around so hangry that you know you've got to eat. Right now. Even though you may have started your day off with a powerful breakfast (ahem,
egg-topped hummus toast!), you're suddenly feeling ravenous. What gives?
Despite hunger being a seemingly simple phsyiological function, understanding when you're hungry for real can be complicated. Because there are also those times you're watching a movie and suddenly feel the urge to nosh come along. How can you tell when you actually need to eat? And how do you know how much and what you should eat to feel fueled for the day? To help you unpack it all (and keep a pretzel binge at bay), I'm giving you all the details on hunger, including the signs that you need to fuel up ASAP, along with healthy snack ideas for the times when eating a full-fledged meal might not be the best idea. Let's get started!
Hunger Scale Makes "Listening to Your Body" so
No one likes a hangry co-worker, which makes listening to your hunger cues—aka your body's signals that you should rip open your emergency protein bar (or simply head to lunch, pronto)—super important. In this Well+Good article, I share the hunger cues you should look out for, plus how frequently you should plan to eat to avoid feeling hunger pangs in the first place. (Hint: It's more often than you might think!) By the way, these are the times when a fast, healthy lunch becomes uber convenient.
7 Healthy Midnight Snacks
to Help You Get Back to Sleep
Now that you know how to recognize whether you're hungry for real, you may be asking yourself: What am I supposed to do if I'm in need of fuel before I hit the sheets? Well, you shouldn't ignore your cues and risk waking up at 3 a.m. from a growling stomach. But you also shouldn't eat a pint of ice cream! Instead, reach for one of these low-cal, yet satisfying snacks (we're looking at you, heart-healthy fats!) in my Fox News article.
Amy's Recipe of the Week: The Healthiest Vegan Chocolate
Even if you're trying to lose weight, you shouldn't ignore your hunger cues. With this no-sugar-added chocolate pudding, you can have dessert and feel full, too. Better yet, you'll be able to stave off a hunger-induced hissy fit (we've all been there!) while eating whole-food, satiating ingredients. The best part? The dessert requires only five ingredients! By the way, I also love a good blueberry nice cream when evening hunger strikes.