Listen to your body to tell you when you're hungry or full.
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.
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 stressed.
Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne
C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito,
MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family
Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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