Weight Loss Wednesday: Hungry v. Thirsty

Weight Loss Wednesday: Hungry v. Thirsty

     Have you ever found yourself feeling really hungry on hot days? Right after meals? After knocking back a few with your friends? (Drunk munchies anyone?) Well, I hate to break it to you, but your midmorning snack, or midnight desire to slam a bag of Doritos after you get home from the gym might not be real hunger, but THIRST. Surprised? You aren’t alone. 

Mental cues for thirst and hunger are communicated through the same hormonal pathways in our brains, so getting mixed signals is common.  To combat this, try drinking a big glass of water and waiting 15 minutes before you reach for food. If you still feel hungry, then eat… SLOWLY. Thirst itself is a reaction to an imbalance of fluids within the body- basically a cry for help. If you FEEL thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. To combat this, drink at least 2 liters of water daily, … more if you are actively sweating. 

 W.L.W. Tip of the Week:

-Drink a minimum of 2L water daily

- Hungry v. Thirsty: When in doubt, test it out… Drink 8-12 oz of water upon first sensations of “hunger” and see if the feeling passes or lessen in 15 minutes. If it does, you're probably dehydrated... keep drinking water.  Still got the munchies? Eat. SLOWLY.