Most of the time when we’re hungry, we’re actually just dehydrated. In fact, one in three Americans mistake thirst for hunger, because it fools us by giving us the same symptoms, such as hunger pangs and irritability. So the next time you’re feeling hungry, pour yourself a big glass of water. Ten minutes after drinking it, see if you still feel hungry. If you do, make yourself a healthy snack to hold you over until the next big or small meal.
If you feel that your momentary hunger is tied to a food craving, it’s important to figure out what your body is really craving. Different cravings can correlate to your body’s lack of certain vitamins and minerals, so instead of giving your body chocolate, give it what it really needs.
Match your craving with what your body needs:
If you’re craving: chocolate
Your body needs: B vitamins
If you’re craving: salt
Your body needs: less salt (Eating salt makes you want to eat more salt.)
If you’re craving: protein
Your body needs: iron or other amino acids
If you’re craving: dairy
Your body needs: less dairy (you might be allergic)