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7 Surprising Things You Mistake For Hunger!

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You are in the middle of an important meeting and it has just been an hour since you had your breakfast, and yet, you start to feel ravenous! This makes you wonder what the cause for your uncontrollable hunger could be, right?

Well, hunger pangs can be extremely annoying and can make you feel restless or irritable, not to mention the amount of weight you could be putting on, when you try to satisfy your hunger pangs.

As we all know, one of the main causes for weight gain is indulging in overeating. Weight gain can lead to a number of other health problems such as obesity, joint pain, cholesterol buildup, hypertension, heart problems, etc.

So, if you are not sure what could be the cause for your extreme hunger, you must realise that there are a few things or habits that you may be following which could be inducing hunger pangs.

There are many things we experience that we often mistake for hunger, so it is important to know what they are, so that you refrain from overeating.

Here is a list of things that we often mistake for hunger, have a look.


1. Stress

Stress can release certain hormones in your body, leading to a high blood sugar level that can make you feel like you are hungry, so stress can also be a cause for hunger.


2. Thirst

The brain reads the impulse of thirst, same as the impulse of hunger, so if you are wondering what makes you so hungry, then may be you need more water!


3. Depression

Can depression cause hunger? Well, yes, the hormonal imbalance that occurs in the body when a person is depressed can confuse the brain into thinking that the body needs more food!


4. Monotony

When you are bored, you tend to feel like you need food, just to attain a sense of satisfaction. So, monotony can often be mistaken for hunger.


5. Food Fantasies

Causes for hunger can also include "food fantasies" because when you keep thinking about food, the dopamine level in your brain increases, leading to an increased blood sugar level, causing hunger.


6. Medication

Can medication make you feel hungry? Yes, certain types of medication can cause acidity and hormonal imbalances that the brain could mistake for a hunger impulse.


7. Anger

Causes for hunger can also include extreme anger or aggression, as the adrenaline level shoots up when you are angry, causing a spike in the blood sugar level, further leading to hunger.

Read more about: depression, hunger, obesity, food
Story first published: Monday, August 22, 2016, 14:00 [IST]
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