Understanding Appetite, Hunger And Satiety

Introduction And Background
Many a times, a person confuses these three terms and when they read about it, they often do not understand the entire thing being explained. This article will aim to tell you what really is meant by these terms and how one can easily understand them. If you want to lose weight and are researching, you need to know these terms otherwise you will get confused and might not understand the mechanism of what is going on. It is really alright, people confuse these words all the time but in the end, knowing the difference is the key.

Understanding Appetite
Appetite is how much you can actually stand to eat and be satisfied. You might have heard a lot of people use the terms “I have a large appetite” or “my appetite has suddenly grown smaller”. They are actually referring to the amount of food they can eat. Those who have large appetites will obviously be eating more and those who have small appetites will obviously be eating less. Controlling the appetite is one of the major things one has to do in a diet. Actually, it is probably the most important thing. The diets that fail have failed because most men and women found it difficult to control their appetites. They couldn’t just stick to what they were eating and found it hard to resist their favorite foods. If one is able to reduce the appetite, they can lose weight pretty quickly because then they do not eat that much. And when you aren’t eating much, you are losing more calories than you are taking in which easily leads to weight loss.

Controlling Appetite
Now that you know about appetite, you must be wondering how you can control it. Controlling the appetite has several techniques to it but you have to understand that it will be hard and a lot of involves reducing the stomach size. It will be hard at first but once you get used to it, you will automatically be reducing your appetite and will eventually find it hard to eat more than you can. Usually we just keep stuffing ourselves but with appetite control, it’s easier to stay away from doing any such thing.

Understanding Hunger
Hunger is entirely another phenomenon. Hunger does not have much to do with your appetite. It is true that people who are hungry have larger appetites but anyone can be hungry at any time and they can easily be satisfied if their appetites are small. Thus, the feeling of hunger usually comes when your body needs energy and you need to fuel it up. You won’t feel hungry right after having breakfast now, would you? You will feel hungry somewhere in the middle of the day, when your stomach is empty and is probably sending signals to your brain to eat something so that your body can get instant energy instead of using up the storage.

Controlling Hunger
Controlling hunger is not that hard, did you know that? There are numerous ways in which you can control your hunger but it has a lot to do with controlling your appetite. The more you reduce your appetite, the less hungry you will begin to feel. Then you won’t be in the habit of stuffing yourself. Another way to control hunger is to have a little patience. There are psychiatrists which talk about a technique you can apply. Whenever you cannot control your hunger and want to eat something, perhaps a slice of cake, that you know will ruin your diet, you only have to look at the cake a full ten seconds while shaking your head from side to side saying no. This helps you to remember your goal and when the ten seconds are over, you are in a better position to stay away from your cravings.

Understanding Satiety
Satiety is another word for being satisfied. And that is different for every human being and is very much related to the two words discussed before. If you are hungry but have a small appetite, you will achieve satiety soon after eating. If you are hungry and have large appetites, you will probably not be satisfied till you have filled up your stomach to the brim.

Controlling Satiety
You cannot control satiety by itself, it is a feeling you get. The most you can do is to control your appetite and hunger pangs so that you can get satiety even with the little you eat.

Now that you fully understand the terms, you will better be able to judge what problems you are having and you now know that appetite is perhaps the most crucial element connecting the three things. Thus, keep your appetite small, you will be satisfied with whatever you eat and hunger pangs won’t be a common occurrence.