Hunger is a feeling of discomfort in your stomach. Hunger is coupled with an intense desire to eat. It creates uneasy sensations in your stomach when you need foods. There is also a hunger that is caused by your thoughts. This kind of hunger is known as psychological or emotional hunger. You have to be smart in determining hunger during the HCG diet. It will help you avoid overeating and weight gain.
Difference between physical and psychological hunger
Physical hunger is a sign that you need food. It is a type of hunger that comes from your stomach. When physical hunger comes you need to eat your meal right away. Avoid prolonging physical hunger because it may lead to overeating in the next meal.
Psychological hunger on the other hand is just a product of your emotions. This type of hunger is not actually in your stomach. Psychological hunger is in your brain. It is an intense desire to eat a specific food. It commonly leads to emotional eating caused by stress. It will not be gone not unless you eat the specific comfort food.
How can you tell that you are physically hungry?
- Physical hunger is when you experience an empty stomach
- It can cause growling and headache
- Physical hunger can also cause light-headedness
- You are feeling grumpy or lack of energy to perform activities
Physical hunger does not always occur during HCG. There are cases that you feel hungry during the first few days of the VLCD. However, it will just be gone as soon as the HCG is fully in your system.
What are the signs of psychological or emotional hunger?
- This kind of hunger comes along with high-stress levels
- It is a desire to eat a specific food such as pizza and fried foods
- It is a feeling of the need to satisfy your emotions
- Psychological hunger is when you seek comfort through eating foods
- You tend to eat unusual times a day
What will you do when psychological hunger comes?
You have to drink water right away when you feel emotional cravings or hunger. Water will keep you full and satiated longer. During the HCG diet, you are not allowed to eat foods when you are emotionally hungry. You need to keep yourself busy for a couple of minutes until the psychological hunger is gone.
How to avoid getting hungry during Phase 2 of the HCG diet?
To avoid any type of hunger you have to be aware of its trigger. Stay away from the trigger of emotional hunger such as being surrounded by unhealthy foods. Some of the triggers may also include stress, depression, anxiety, or the rise of emotions. Deal with stress by taking a relaxation period, sleep, or simply doing meditation.
Eat on time and consume the right food choices to avoid physical hunger. You also have to stay hydrated because of water curbs hunger. You also need to eat slowly instead of loading foods on the run. Chew your foods properly to fully absorb most of its nutrients. Eating slowly can reduce your appetite and the risk of getting hungry for the entire day.