It is quite common to confuse being thirsty with being hungry. This is a rather irritating problem to have, as there are too many unhealthy food temptations waiting around every corner to haunt us with the need to inhale it as fast as we see it. It is very important to know that there is an actual difference between actually being hungry versus being thirsty. Once you decipher the difference between the two it will help you cut back on unwanted calories that may be causing your weight loss journey to stall.
What Does Hunger Look Like?
There are many different ways for your body and brain to let you know that you are hungry, and one of those is weakness. Ideally you should be eating every 3-4 hours, so if you find yourself feeling weak and shaky it means you are in need of real wholesome food. You may also find yourself becoming irritable more easily, as well as feel a rumbling in your stomach. All of these, along with lack of focus are signs that it is definitely time to eat!
What Does Thirst Look Like?
You may have already heard the quote, “If you are feeling thirsty it is already too late.” This simply means you should not let your body become craving water due to thirst because that means your body is already dehydrated. A few symptoms of thirstiness are headaches, nausea, dizziness, sluggishness, and constipation. You may even start to notice your thoughts only thinking about water, and or a nice beverage to quench the dry desert in your throat, as well as notice your urine is a bright yellow color. This is what thirst looks and feels like!
It is always safe to go with water in any of these events. If you are unsure if you are thirsty or hungry, try just drinking a nice big glass of water and waiting for a few minutes to see if the hunger subsides. If it does not, it is most definitely time for a meal of some sort. Lastly it is also important to decipher actual cravings for certain foods with being hungry for meals at the same time. If you are ever craving junk food, take a step back and distract yourself from that craving by talking to a friend or doing a chore at home. The last thing you want to do is eat junk food, if you are truly in need of food because that will only set you backward within your weight loss journey.