The balance between hunger and fullness

Getting our balance between hunger and fullness depends on a whole lot of reactions and feedback loops in our bodies. But, as we all know, our minds often override these signals of hunger and satiety. And we end up overeating or not eating at all.

Eating when we’re hungry and stopping when we’re full is key to managing our food intake and ideally we should eat when the first signs of physical hunger appear, and stop when we’re satiated.

This month, try being more aware of when you’re feeling hungry and full so that you don’t swing between being ravenous and being so full that all you want to do is lie face down on the couch.

Take a look at this scale to determine where you fall:

If you’re feeling peckish and need something on the go, grab the new Lime Cooler smoothie from KAUAI; perfect to beat the summer heat. It’s fat free, dairy free and made with some tropical flavours we all love – strawberries, pineapple and granadilla, with a hint of honey and tangy, refreshing lime.

 

Written for the Virgin Active blog

Hunger scale table adapted from Sound Bites Nutrition course material.

 

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