Listen to your body to tell you when you're hungry or full.
Hunger is a normal sensation that makes you want to eat. Your body tells your brain that
your stomach is empty. This makes your stomach growl and gives you hunger pangs. Hunger
makes some people feel lightheaded or grouchy. Everyone is different. Hunger is partly
controlled by a part of your brain called the hypothalamus, your blood sugar (glucose) level, how empty your stomach and intestines are, and
certain hormone levels in your body.
Fullness is a feeling of being satisfied. Your stomach tells your brain that it is full. Normally,
this feeling causes you to stop eating and not think about food again for several
hours. Fullness is partly controlled by the hypothalamus, your blood sugar, and having
food in your stomach and intestines.
Appetite is a desire for food, usually after seeing, smelling, or thinking about food. Even
after you feel full, your appetite can make you keep eating. It can also stop you
from eating even though you are hungry. This might happen when you are sick or feeling
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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