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Seven types of hunger that must be known

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Hunger is identified as a strong desire to eat, even though sometimes hunger is controlled by thoughts, emotions and only sensations.

Controlling the food that enters the body can avoid chronic disease problems, sleep disorders to depression. For this reason, it is important to know the type of hunger before eating all the food for the sake of satisfying the desire.

Here are some of the types of hunger Boldsky quoted on Sunday.

Hungry for thoughts

Hunger thoughts are associated with our own thoughts that often appear like, “because today is sad, we should eat ice cream”.

This hunger is usually influenced by mood and thoughts. It also includes thoughts such as, “I have to cut carbs so I have to eat more protein.”

The bad thing about mind hunger is that thoughts change and so do food preferences. Our minds often change because they are influenced by nutrition tips from experts or diet tips, in the end, many of our body’s needs are not met.

All you have to do is try to identify hunger, do you eat because you are advised by nutritionists, to satisfy your desire or is it time to eat?


Hunger heart is often referred to as emotional eating which means it can be positive or negative. Often times, you eat in response to negative emotions, thinking that food will help fill a void in your heart or avoid painful feelings for now.

Another example is eating a meal when you want to remember memories with a certain person, such as craving a grandmother or mother’s food to relive childhood happiness.

All you have to do is deal with your emotions in a healthy way, rather than looking for food every time you are happy, sad, or nostalgic. Do physical activity or hang out with friends.

Hungry eyes

Eye hunger is triggered when we see some tantalizing or delicious food. In simple terms, it happens when you can’t help but eat after seeing it.

This is a strategy often played by food restaurants or supermarkets to get people to taste the food they have to offer.

When we see some tempting food, our eyes first convince the mind and then command it to send signals to the stomach and body, to override the feeling of being full. This makes us eat more just to satisfy our hunger eyes.

All you have to do is when your eyes are seduced by the beauty of the food, try to shift your focus to other beautiful things like paintings or decorations somewhere.

Hungry nose

The nose helps us to smell so when suddenly you smell food and are tempted, it means you are experiencing nose hunger.

The smell of a favorite dish, brewing coffee, melting butter, or roasting often invites a person to eat a meal, regardless of whether he is really hungry or not.

Nose hunger is often associated with mouth hunger. This is because when a person has a stuffy nose due to a cold or other problem, they also experience a bad taste when eating.

What to do? Before eating, hold the plate of food to your nose and patiently smell each ingredient. Start eating and with each bite you swallow, keep an eye on the smell.

This can help you eat less because when you are half full to the aroma, only a small portion of the food will enter your mouth.

Hungry mouth

Hunger is referred to as the feeling or desire to taste various flavors or textures of food. Mouth hunger is very difficult to satisfy because you easily get bored.

This strategy is often used by snack food manufacturers when they prepare food that is crunchy, buttery, or flavorful, when it gets into the mouth it’s easy to lose and makes people eat more.

Whenever you feel hungry in your mouth or say, want to chew on some texture or taste, think about whether the food is healthy or not and whether it will satisfy your hunger.

Experts suggest that if you are often hungry by mouth, eat more protein and whole grain foods as these will keep you full longer and will prevent you from overeating.

Cellular starvation

Cellular hunger reflects what our bodies (not our minds) demand at the cellular level. Sometimes, when you don’t consume certain nutrients, your body will crave foods that are rich in these nutrients.

For example, meat and fish are good sources of vitamin B12. If you abstain from meat products any longer, you crave for them, and no matter how many other foods you eat, you will always feel dissatisfied and hungry. The same goes for other foods such as water, salt, sugar, oranges, or leafy vegetables.

Try to listen to the body, try to find out what foods it really needs, and why. Focus on your eating habits and understand whether your diet is rich in all nutrients. Drink more water as sometimes cellular thirst is mistaken for cellular hunger.

Hungry stomach

This is known as biological starvation. When the stomach is hungry, we experience a sensation in the stomach like a growl.

Experts say that the stomach does not tell when someone is hungry, but only reminds us of the meal schedule that we have arranged according to our meal times.

Therefore, our stomachs will alert us by making a growl at that time every day. This makes stomach hunger worse because we spend a lot of time eating just because it’s time to eat, not because we are hungry.

Whenever your stomach is hungry, try to eat slowly and only in small portions, just to satisfy the feeling that you have eaten something. Also, don’t avoid stomach signs if you are very hungry.


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