The body’s signals for hunger and thirst are very similar and can easily be confused with each other. The hypothalamus is an area of the brain that controls hunger. Its signs include:
· Dizziness, light-headedness
· Lack of concentration (That’s me)
· Irritability, easily agitated
But many don’t realize that the signs of thirst are the same and are controlled by the same hypothalamus. This issue can be quite problematic for a few reasons: One, we need to digest when we eat which draws water; two, we are eating calories that we don’t need which can result in weight gain; and three, if thirst brought on the sign it won’t go away by eating, so we would still feel like we were hungry.
I’ll offer two possible resolutions. One, getting on a consistent daily schedule with your daily water drinking and, two, at first sign, drink a glass of water and wait 10 to 15 minutes and go from there. It’s sad that when some get headaches, they take an aspirin and a glass of water and the aspirin always gets the credit when it headache goes.
Last note, The University of Washington did a study on midnight hunger pangs and one glass of water shut down these hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied. (Turn to your neighbor and say “Don’t get it twisted. Don’t get it twisted…”)
Okay, 4 of 5 posting soon. Let’s get for real now…
(all sources posting with number 5)