Physiological causes. These include stomach contractions, decrease in levels of blood glucose especially for those patients who have diabetes mellitus, and a decrease in body temperature can all lead to hunger pangs. A decrease in body temperature is one of the reasons why there are a lot of patients who experience seasonal weight gain.
Psychological causes. Most patients have several eating habits that have been rooted in their subconscious after doing it for quite some time. Patients tend to be hungry because of these habits that bring about a structured pattern and behavior. An example of this is when patients feel hungry just because it is dinner time. Some just eat not because they are hungry but because of a certain routine. When this routine is not satisfied, hunger pangs occur.
Pregnancy. A pregnant patient will often experience several hunger pangs. This is the body’s way of telling the expectant mother that her growing child needs more nourishment.
Emotional factors can also contribute to the condition like feeling upset, boredom, and stress.
This is the reason why many crave for food when feeling sad.
Sense of sight is among the strongest of the five senses that triggers the condition. This is the reason why patients experience hunger pangs just by watching television commercials of certain foods even when they just finished their meals. Green, red, orange, and yellow colors also tend to trigger the condition.
Sense of smell. When patients smell something that is related to some of their favorite foods, hunger pangs are often triggered.
Sense of taste. Salty and sweet foods trigger hunger pangs even if patients just take small bites.
Hunger Pangs Symptoms
Grumbling or growling within the stomach.
A feeling of emptiness.
Loss of energy or weakness.
Difficulties in focusing and concentrating, lightheadedness and mild headaches.
Urge to eat as soon as possible.
Hunger Pangs Cure
Eat a broth-based soup, smoothies that are made out of low fat yogurt and fruits, pasta primavera made with whole wheat pastas, popcorn, and meal-sized salads with grated cheese and low fat dressings. These are healthy options that are very filling.
Consume more protein-rich foods like fish, lean meats, eggs and soy-based products.
Exercise. A 10 to 15 minute exercise can help release endorphins which are natural body chemicals that create a sense of well-being and prevent stress and boredom.
Drink 8 or more glasses of water a day. Patients can also try drinking a glass of water whenever they experience hungry pangs.
Add more vitamins to the diet or take supplements.
Always prepare healthy snacks.
Do tasks that divert the mind from thinking more about food, like reading a book.