Outwit Your Hunger Pangs
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By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified, LifeScript Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Feeling grumbly in the tummy? Must mean your body's running low on fuel and you're hungry, right? Not always. Sometimes hunger occurs when youre dehydrated, or it can even be a figment of your imagination when youre craving your favorite treat. To know for sure whether your hunger signal is real, wait a good 10 minutes or more before giving in. While you wait, pour yourself a big glass of water and drink it all. If your hunger subsides a few minutes after drinking it, then you just saved yourself a lot of calories. When hunger strikes suddenly, the worst thing you can do is grab for whatever is nearby. If youre stuck at work, at the mall or in your car, the easiest thing to grab is vending machine snacks, fast food fare and other unhealthy, quick-fix options. To keep hunger in check at all times and in all places, always keep a large bottle of water and a granola bar or nuts close at hand. These will keep you hydrated and curb hunger before your pangs lead to a regrettable junk food binge.