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Cravings vs. HungerDecember 14, 2017
We’ve all felt it at one time or another, that overwhelming feeling that we NEED to have a certain food. Yes, this is a craving. It can be difficult to differentiate between a craving and actual hunger. We NEED to eat when we are hungry, but we do not need to eat when we have a craving, even though it feels like we have to. Hunger is a need for food. It is your body’s way of letting you know that it needs energy. Hunger for food is built into our genes, which is based on our instincts to survive. Typically, any type of food can satisfy your hunger, and also typically, once your hunger has been satisfied, you will stop eating. A craving is a powerful desire for food, usually a specific type of food. They are usually brought on by hormones and/or emotions. Cravings do not indicate your body’s need for energy, so it is not the same as hunger. It’s hunger when: 1. It doesn’t go away, but intensifies over time. 2. It only goes away when you eat. 3. You have physical indicators such as a growling stomach, headache, or dizziness. 4. You get grouchy, sleepy, or sluggish. It’s a craving when: 1. You are not physically hungry. 2. The thought of eating goes away when you are distracted by other things. 3. The feeling does not become more intense as time goes by. 4. You are emotional about eating a certain type of food. 5. You want the comfort of certain food types, such as warm, cold, sweet, crunchy, salty or creamy. 6. You are bored, stressed, or have other emotions. Researchers have found that cravings for certain types of food are often connected to their ingredients. The chart listed below contains ideas on foods you can eat when you have a craving for things that might not be that healthy. Resources: http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-hunger…/ GOLO® is committed to providing you with the helpful tips and resources needed for personal success on a lifelong journey of health and wellness. It’s time to become #YourBestYou. Visit GOLO.com to access all the weight loss tools GOLO has to offer! 1-800-730-GOLO(4656) firstname.lastname@example.org GOLO is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any illness or disease. This blog provides general information and discussion about health and wellness related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. GOLO encourages you to consult a doctor before making any health changes, especially any changes related to a specific diagnosis or condition. All opinions and articles linked to and from this page are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent those of GOLO, LLC or its employees. No responsibility can be accepted for any action you take or refrain from taking as a result of viewing this page. GOLO will not be liable for any errors, losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information. These terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.