5 Ways to Figure Out If You’re Really Hungry Or Just Greedy

by Yuen Yi Ying
Food  |  October 26, 2017
  • Look at when you had your last meal
    1 / 5 Look at when you had your last meal

    Most people start feeling hungry three to four hours after eating. But the key is not to get so ravenous that you’re indulging at every meal. When your stomach feels empty, drink some water and wait for 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re still starving after this, and you’ll know it because the blandest food still appeals to you, have a small snack to tide you over to your next meal.

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  • Look at the amount of food on your plate
    2 / 5 Look at the amount of food on your plate

    We know that we tend to eat more when our plates are full. However, research by the University of New South Wales suggests that even when we’re mindful of what we’re eating, focusing on the taste of food and our satiety, a larger serving of food encourages us to dig in. Another American study even adds that the more self-control you think you have, the more likely you are to give into temptation. Avoid unnecessary calories by dishing yourself a reasonable amount of food to start with.

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  • Look at your salt intake
    3 / 5 Look at your salt intake

    According to findings published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, a penchant for salty foods could make you hungrier. In the study, mice were found to eat more food when they were given a high-salt diet. Researchers theorised that the salt was causing mice to produce more urea, which prevents sodium and chloride from drawing water out of kidneys. However, more energy was needed to produce urea, hence the increase in eating. A similar test was carried out with 10 human volunteers, and those who had saltier meals did complain about feeling hungry!

    (Also Read: Can Certain Foods Make You Hungry?)

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  • Look at your intake of artificial sweeteners
    4 / 5 Look at your intake of artificial sweeteners

    Sugar may not be good for you, but artificial sweeteners, like those used in diet sodas, aren’t saintly either. In fact, studies observing the latter’s effects on humans and animals found that it actually increases hunger. According to the Australian research, long-term use of artificial sweeteners induced fasting symptoms, causing subjects to eat more because food becomes more appealing.

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  • Look at your social media habits
    5 / 5 Look at your social media habits

    To some extent, we’re all prone to instant gratification, and when we’re hungry, food imagery on social media or even ads can seriously trigger hunger pangs where there were none. This explains why it’s so hard to turn down your colleague’s offer of cake, even though you’ll shortly be heading out for dinner. If you know you’re an impulsive eater, factor that into your consideration before accepting a treat.

    (Also Read: 7 Environmental Factors That Make You Overeat Without Realising It)

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