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
light-headed 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
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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian