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Food Cravings And What Can Be Done In Our Modern Age

Hunger is a natural process that works best when it's followed in an ordered way. A hormone called ghrelin is released, which tells your brain that you're hungry. Blood sugar levels drop; this triggers feelings of hunger and fatigue until they're back up to normal. When you start to eat, the gastrointestinal tract releases hormones that tell the brain when it has gotten enough nutrients.

Hunger and cravings are both normal parts of being human, but they're also important signals that tell us when we need more fuel. While hunger is a sign that your body needs energy to survive, cravings can be more difficult to understand. Basically, a craving is just your brain's way of reminding you what you liked to eat in the past -- but it doesn't mean your body needs more food right now. In fact, sometimes our minds trick us into thinking we're hungry when we're not!

When you experience cravings for food, it's usually because of an emotional or physical cue. For example, if you come home after a long day at work and open your fridge to find nothing but leftovers and a bag of carrots, you may start experiencing cravings for pizza or ice cream. In this case your body is telling you that it needs more nutrients than what's currently in the house.

Is a food craving a warning sign from the body/brain that’s telling you it’s important to eat soon, or is this a false or overrated/misleading signal that can lead to quick weight gain and bad habits?

Cravings are different from hunger: they're triggered by external cues rather than internal signals that tell us we need food (i.e., hunger). Hunger is an actual need for food; cravings aren't necessarily linked with any kind of nutrient deficiencies--they could be caused by anything from stress levels to boredom.

How can readers best resist food cravings and the urge to eat? What healthy mental and physical strategies are recommeneded?

Resisting food cravings and the urge to eat can be challenging, but there are several healthy mental and physical strategies you can use to help overcome them:

At what point should you get help for food cravings or hunger issues? Whom should you seek out (e.g., a nutritionist, a dietitian, their primary care physician, etc.)?

The best point in time to seek out help is when you’re 10 percent over BMI. The BMI is based on your height and weight and can be checked online by putting in the required parameters. The higher the BMI the harder and longer it is to lose weight.

Most primary care doctors do not have specialized training in weight management and therefore will not have the required tools and training to start a effective treatment program.

While a dietitian or a certified nutritionist can provide valuable guidance on healthy eating habits and portion control, in most cases, a weight loss specialist is recommended, particularly for individuals who need significant weight to lose and will benefit from medical supervision, including prescription medication.. It's important to work with a healthcare professional who takes a comprehensive, personalized approach to weight management utilizing state of the art technology to assist in your weight loss goals.

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