Do you often find yourself sat at your desk at work, or on the sofa at home, and all of a sudden you’re hungry. You only ate a little while ago but you could really do with a biscuit and a cup of tea, just to curb the cravings.
More often than not, we’re not actually hungry, but just think that we are. If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, it is important to recognise the signs of these feign hunger pangs and know how to combat them.
Food envy. We all get it. You know the scenario; you’re sat eating your salad for lunch, feeling rather proud of yourself and your will power that’s finally made an appearance, when your colleague suggests going down the chippie or walks in with a Maccy D’s that makes you want to sell your own arm just for one bite. In reality, this is just your brain telling your stomach to get ready for digestion. When you see or smell food, your brain releases something called ghrelin which signals to your stomach that food is coming and it should prepare digestive fluids. That last sentence may well be enough to put you off anyway, but if not, just remember that your salad is more than adequate to fill you up for lunch and a much healthier option, so you really don’t need that side order of fries. Your stomach particularly likes sugar so maybe look the other way when you pass the bakery aisle in the supermarket, it could be dangerous territory. We don’t advise closing your eyes or holding your breath, though, just to be clear!
Boredom. You know how that chocolate bar in your fridge is just always calling you? This works in the same way as food envy; thinking about it too much will make you hungry as it’ll cause your brain to release that pesky ghrelin again! Keeping yourself busy, or at least your mind occupied, will help stop the cravings. Have you ever noticed that when you’re really engrossed in a project, you can sometimes forget to eat? That’s why. Again, we don’t advise taking on a mammoth project so you don’t eat; we just mean that you might actually be bored, not hungry!
You’re thirsty. Studies have shown that 37% of people mistake thirst for hunger. Basically, the “symptoms” of being thirsty are so close to those of being hungry (i.e. feeling weak, headaches, nausea and dizziness) that it can cause confusion. Getting the grumps is also a sign of being dehydrated, even though we commonly associate it with being hungry. While the thought of a burger might cheer you up more than a bottle of water, it may not actually be what you need.
The symptoms of dehydration kick in when you’re actually only about 1-2% dehydrated, so keeping your body topped up with water can actually stop you wanting to eat too much, plus it flushes out toxins (bye bye cellulite!) We find the best way to make sure you’re drinking enough is to keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Whether it’s on your desk or just in your handbag, sipping water throughout the day will keep your hydrated, so those imposter hunger pangs will reduce and you’ll only need to eat when you actually are hungry!
Our detox tea contains oolong tea which can also help curb hunger and boost your metabolism. As part of a healthy diet and exercise, our teatox can help enhance weight loss, brighten your skin, improve energy levels and promote a better night’s sleep.