6 Ways To Tell If You’re REALLY Hungry


Susan Barrett |

Think you’re hungry? Not so fast!

Rate your hunger using this scale – you might be so surprised you’ll drop the doughnut…

Are you really hungry?

We all know what it feels like to eat until we’re stuffed. It’s fine once in a while – think big Sunday lunch with the family and friends. But overeating can become a habit leading to an intake of extra kilojoules and weight gain if this carries on for a period of time. We’re more likely to stuff ourselves according to external stimuli like the time of day or how much is left in the packet, rather than what our gut is telling us. This is a habit you can “unlearn” by ignoring the external cues and listening to your body.

Read More: 6 Daily Habits That Are Just As Bad As Smoking.

Use this simple scale to rate your hunger, and eat only when you’re in the 3 to 4 range. At a 1 or 2, you don’t need to eat and by 5 or 6, you’re likely to overeat or make poor food choices because you’re so ravenous.

The scale

From…

1 I don’t feel hungry.

2 Food sounds good, but
 I couldn’t eat a whole apple.

3 My stomach feels empty.

4 My stomach is growling.

5 My stomach and head hurt.

6 I’m irritable and can’t focus. Eating feels like an emergency.

To…

Bottom line:

Only eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied.

Looking for more info on hunger and portion control? Use these easy hacks if you’re trying to shrink the size of your portions, and here are four common reasons that explain why you’re ALWAYS ‘hangry’.

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