Is It Hunger … or Just Appetite?
By Cathy Garrard
Is it hunger, or just appetite? It’s 3 p.m. and your concentration is being compromised by recurring thoughts of food. Are you really hungry? And how can you honestly tell?
“Hunger is a physical need,” says New Jersey-based registered dietitian Robyn Flipse. “Your blood sugar level drops, and there are contractions in the stomach that cause growling and rumbling. They are signals to go seek food.” If you aren’t feeling any of those, chances are it’s boredom, habit or some other emotion that’s making you want to eat. “Appetite is the psychological desire for food,” says Flipse. Here’s how to spot the difference throughout the day.