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Need to eat vs. Want to eat: Yes, there IS a difference! Unfortunately, many of us have lost touch with our body’s hunger signals. The human body is pretty amazing and has a system in place to tell us when to eat, what to eat and when we’ve had enough. The human brain is even more amazing because we have learned how to outsmart and ignore our hunger signals.
Get back in tune with your hunger and satiety signals. To help you learn to tell the difference between appetite and true hunger, use a hunger scale. There are several versions of hunger scales, but here is one from WebMD.*
The Hunger Scale
1 - Starving, weak, dizzy 2 - Very hungry, cranky, low energy, lots of stomach growling 3 - Pretty hungry, stomach is growling a little 4 - Starting to feel a little hungry 5 - Satisfied, neither hungry nor full 6 - A little full, pleasantly full 7 - A little uncomfortable 8 - Feeling stuffed 9 - Very uncomfortable, stomach hurts 10 - So full you feel sick
Tips for using the hunger scale:
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