9 Ways to Deal with Hunger Pains

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No one likes the feeling of hunger. They are called hunger pains for a reason. There are various reasons why people may have to tolerate hunger pains ranging from weight loss to medical conditions. Fortunately, there are methods to help reduce those hunger pains. Let’s dive into 9 ways to reduce those grueling hunger pains.

1. Drink Water

When you start feeling your stomach grumbling grab a large glass of water. This will help fill your stomach and help stop the grumbling. Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger so going for a glass of water is a good place to start.

2. Drink Tea

If you need something different than water, go for tea. You can do hot or cold tea. Avoid sweetened tea because it usually contains a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients that will defeat the purpose of the health benefits of tea.

3. Distract Yourself

Ask yourself, “Am I hungry or am I bored?” Many times, people will snack when they are bored even if they are not actually that hungry. Try doing something instead of reaching for food. Read a book, call a friend, go for a walk, or get some housework done. You may get so enthralled with what you are doing that you forget about being hungry.

4. Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth when you get a craving may help get the craving out of your mind. It’s worth a try and you will have a cleaner mouth.

5. Set a Timer

When you start getting hungry, set a timer for 20 minutes while you go do something else. If you are still hungry when the timer is up then your body is probably truly hungry and not just trying to fool you.

6. Work on Eating More Nutrient-dense Foods in Your Diet

If you are experiencing hunger often you may want to evaluate your diet. Make sure you are eating enough nutrient-dense foods. These foods are usually lower in calories and contain more nutrients such as fiber and protein that will keep you full longer.

7. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is important for regulating hormones that are involved in hunger. Getting enough good quality sleep is important to your overall health and could help you avoid hunger.

8. Eat Slowly

It is hard to eat slowly when you are hungry but try slowing down when eating. This gives your body time to fill up gradually so that you don’t overeat.

9. Get Checked Out

If you are constantly fighting hunger and don’t know why, you should get checked out by your healthcare provider to rule out any medical conditions that could be causing your excessive hunger.

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