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If you are an individual who usually resorts to food to deal with your emotions, it might be a bit hard for you to differentiate between physical hunger and emotional hunger. It is very easy to mistake emotional hunger for physical hunger though there are a few fundamental differences that exist between the two.
Physical hunger doesn’t make you crave for specific comfort foods. Emotional hunger unlike physical hunger makes you ache for your favorite junk foods like pizza, cheesecake, cookies etc. In a state where you are hungry physically you can consume any sort of food especially healthy foods!
Emotional hunger generally leads to binging. When struck by emotional hunger, individuals tend go overboard with their consumption of food and can down any junk food present in sight. When it comes to emotional hunger your brain doesn’t really register whether or not you are full and hence individuals keep eating beyond the point satiety without even knowing it. On the other hand when eating because of physical hunger, individuals are usually aware about how much they need to eat and feel satiated when their stomach is full.
Emotional hunger surfaces from the brain. Instead of your belling growling and aching for food, emotional hunger comes from the head where you are only focused on certain kind of taste and textures and it usually points towards some kind of junk food.
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