One time I ate an entire jar of peanut butter. True story. Can you relate?
Of course you can!
It was one of those days when I was so hungry all day long and nothing seemed to quell my desire to eat. Not ideal!
When it comes down to it, there are pretty much only two reasons why hunger sets in:
- A true caloric need causes the symptom of hunger in order to trigger you to eat
- Blood sugar (blood glucose) drops down and signals your brain to believe your body needs calories
If you are following an eating and exercise plan to lose weight there will be times when your body needs more calories in order to avoid losing weight. You’ll want to learn your body’s messages around hunger so that you can consciously choose when and how much to eat so that you can ensure a moderate calorie deficit to cause weight loss. In this situation, hunger is simply a symptom that you must learn to identify and “muscle through.” I consider this territory where your hunger is real. Your body truly wants and needs calories in order to maintain its current vibe.
If you are not strategically reducing calories to lose weight, hunger is a whole other can of worms.
Your body regulates your blood sugar so that your brain and vital organs get the fuel they need to work 24/7 and keep you alive and well. For various reasons, your blood sugar goes up and down all day long.
You will feel best, think most clearly, and avoid hunger and sugar cravings if your blood sugar stays as level as possible at all times.
If your blood sugar drops too low, you will experience symptoms that scream:
“EAT! ANYTHING! GET YOUR HANDS ON SOMETHING AND EAT!!!!”
In this situation, your desire for food is simply your body’s sneaky way to get you to eat so that it can bring your blood sugar back up to safe levels for your brain and organs.
I consider this territory where your hunger is not a real reflection of your need for calories. Your body does not truly need calories in order to regulate body weight; it simply needs calories to make sure that your brain gets the fuel it needs.
Check out this week’s quick video below to learn more about this.
This week’s special Blog content
Science has proven that your body needs a very specific ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in order to keep your blood sugar stable. That ratio is around 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. This ratio reflects the percentage of calories from each in a given meal or snack.
And I’ve found that this secret equation works magic!
This is one of my favorite go-to snacks whenever I need to stabilize my blood sugar so that the jar of peanut butter stays right where it belongs!
2 ounces of sliced deli turkey
2 Tbsp. of hummus (approx. 4 grams of fat per serving)
½ of a medium apple
Check out this week’s video below for more thoughts on this!
PS! I reserve exclusive content just for the members of my Inner Circle email update list. If you’d like to get more inside tips from me on health, fitness and weight loss that aren’t shared here on the Blog, you can sign up at the top right side of this page! It’s free.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. Do you battle with hunger? Does this blog post help shed some light? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below!