Updated from September 14th, 2015. This is one of the most helpful tricks I have learned over the years which keeps your weight in check. Yes, most of the times when you think you are feeling hungry, it is your body craving for water. You can get hungry for water if you are not drinking enough of it.
We all get hunger pangs at different times of day. What is your immediate reaction? Grab a snack? Or, reach out for that bag of chips lying in front of you? Well, this is one of the major reasons why we tend to overeat. We do not regulate our bodies and we do not even understand our body signals. The first thing to reach out when you have hunger pangs is a glass of water.
Of course, regulating your meal times and looking into what you are putting in your meal is also a good place to start. But, the first thing is your body is hungry for water. Interestingly, I experienced this first hand tonight. I was reading a book when I started feeling hungry. Its late and I usually take my dinner light and I go for a walk later. So, it is quite possible that my body is low on the fuel.
Instead of gorging on anything (I did not have access to anything either which is helpful), I thought of testing this theory and had a glass of water. And, voila, my hunger pangs subsided, did not recur and I went to sleep happily. So, if you ever feel hungry, try drinking water. It may be as simple as that!
How to find out if you are just hungry for water?
You start feeling hungry at irregular times. This is one of the most common symptom which we often fail to diagnose correctly. Not having a regular routine is also the culprit. So, a good place to start would be to regulate your meal times and not skipping any of the meals very diligently.
Feeling Low on Energy. If you suddenly start feeling low or sleepy or dizzy or less energetic, drink some water. Mixing a bit of honey will help raise your sugar levels and give you instant energy. But, make sure you have your next meal on time. A glass of fresh fruit juice or a cup of green tea is also recommended.
Loads of Body Aches. If you start experiencing body aches suddenly instead of over a course of time, it usually means your nutrition is not balanced. Drink lots and lots of water, take lots of fruits, eat balanced meals with good amount of proteins and get yourself tested for vitamin D or B12 just in case.
And, yes, after you do all this, do not forget to keep an eye on your urine. Dark urine usually means dehydration and severe dehydration can cause enough of body issues to make you weak for at least a week. Now that you know your body can get hungry for water, it is time you have your next glass of water.
Till then, ciao.