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How to know if it is real or emotional hunger?

One of the main obstacles in the diet can be emotional hunger, which appears when you have more free time, as in this quarantine, and can cause you to consume more calories than you should.

Emotional hunger is described as an attempt to fill psychological gaps with food, as opposed to physical hunger, which is when the necessary nutrients for the body begin to be lacking.

Experts on the subject say that hunger has several types. In addition to these two, there is also the hunger of the senses, which is produced through smell, for example, and another that is when the body asks for a specific food, such as a salad, when nutrients are lacking.


How to differentiate

One way to end this is to simplify food. That is, wondering if what is ingested really benefits the body, why it is being done, if it is the correct portion or if it is about physical hunger.

This appears when you are tired, stressed, in a bad mood or with too much free time to ask yourself several questions; therefore, fully identifying those quarantined moments will help you choose your diet better.

Another of its characteristics is that hunger is urgent and sudden, leading to despair, while physical hunger is progressive and patient. This leads him to desire specific foods, which are generally high in fat, salt and sugar.

Likewise, no matter how much you eat, you may not be satisfied. This is because, more than taking care of the stomach, it is necessary to take care of the emotions to return to balance, because sometimes, after trying to fill this lack, a feeling of guilt begins.



The recommendations to correct this are in addition to looking for a nutritionist to help you improve your relationship with food, establish your daily menu every four hours, choose more satiating options and exercise, that is, have a healthy and the practice of physical exercises.

It is important to remember that the information provided here is informative, and does not replace the advice and accompaniment of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, physical education professionals and other specialists.

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