According to scientists, there are 3 different types of hunger – physical, psychological and opportunistic. When we experience physical hunger, it is our normal desire to eat. In psychological hunger, we eat driven by emotions, be they positive or negative. For example, when we are sad, we think that food will make us feel better.
Opportunistic hunger… Have you ever at work, at an event, grabbed food because it was available in front of you without being hungry or in a bad or high mood?
It is important to listen to your body and not resort to drastic diets or those moments in everyday life where you are at the limit of your hunger because you are always in a hurry, late, etc.
Why is this harmful?
Increases the risk of overeating
Most people who skip meals or eat irregularly tend to overeat to make up for the missed meal. The human body needs a he althy meal every 3-4 hours. This reduces the risk of slowing down the metabolism, low energy, poor food choices. When you don't eat for hours, your blood sugar drops, leading to a need to consume sugar.
Slow down the weight loss process
Fasting can give short-term effects when you want to lose weight, unless you follow the so-called fasting, where there are "rules" that are followed for more effectiveness. When you don't eat enough calories, your body goes into emergency mode, causing it to store fat and burn even fewer calories.
You resort to junk food
Starving not only makes you very hungry, but it's quite possible to make you sick from low blood sugar. Then you usually eat something sweet, doughy, which only brings empty calories.
Damage to your he alth
In the long term, fasting can lead to a number of he alth problems, ailments, chronic diseases. Some of the symptoms accompanying hunger are difficulty concentrating, a feeling of sharp pain in the stomach, weakness and dizziness, nausea, irritability, headache, insomnia, flatulence, hair loss, anemia and others.