Are You Becoming Your Worst Enemy?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-10-23 19:13:10 -0500
Started 2010-10-23 10:47:19 -0500

Understanding the Difference between Hunger and Appetite (Why We Eat)

People eat for two main reasons. The first reason is hunger; the second is appetite.

Hunger and appetite are not synonyms. In fact, hunger and appetite are entirely different processes.

Hunger is the need for food.

It is:

1) A physical reaction that includes chemical changes in your body related to a naturally low level of glucose in your blood several hours after eating

2) An instinctive, protective mechanism that makes sure that your body gets the fuel it requires to function reasonably well

Appetite is the desire for food.

It is:

1) A sensory or psychological reaction (looks good! smells good!) that stimulates an involuntary physiological response (salivation, stomach contractions)

2) A conditioned response to food

The practical difference between hunger and appetite is this:

When you’re hungry, you eat one hot dog. After that, your appetite may lead you to eat two more hot dogs just because they look appealing or taste good.

(Taken from the book entitled “Nutrition for Dummies 4th Edition” Chapter 14, Pgs. 187-188)


3 replies

GabbyPA 2010-10-23 19:13:10 -0500 Report

This is a great look into what makes us tick. I eat based on appetite too much, and I never really understood it. This is good to look into more. Thanks.

jayabee52 2010-10-23 11:08:15 -0500 Report

Thanks for this useful information, Mays
God's richest blessings to you and yours

MAYS 2010-10-23 11:37:34 -0500 Report

James, "Thank you."
May God continue to bless you also, you are, and will always be a positive beacon of light to the members of this wonderful site!

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