Appetite or Hunger?

January 27, 2014

Suppressing your appetite should be done with a great caution. The first thing you should know is a difference between appetite and hunger.

Problems arise because we generally have two reasons for eating. The first is hunger and the second is appetite. Aren’t hunger and appetite the same thing, you may be asking. Not at all. Hunger is completely different from appetite.

  • Hunger is defined as the ‘need for food.’ Your body lets you know you’re running low on fuel and that a meal is needed to provide your body with the necessary energy (food) it needs to perform an activity. Hunger instinctively protects the body from depleting energy reserves.
  • Appetite, on the other hand, is defined as the ‘desire for food.’ Imagine seeing a sumptuous photograph of a pasta dish or smelling freshly-made donuts while driving by a donut shop. These stimuli easily result to salivation and a tingling sensation in the pit of your stomach that aggressively urges you to grab a bite. This is appetite.

In order to lose weight, you have to control your appetite. One of the major explanations why so many individuals are overweight is simply because they over eat. To shed extra pounds, you will undoubtedly want to manage your urge for food, in other words, you have to eat meals in moderation.

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