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These 7 things make us "think" we're hungry when we aren't.

 

 

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Before you grab for that bag of potato chips in a moment of weakness make sure it’s not just one of these things making you “think” you’re starving.

 

1.You're Dehydrated - Drinking water doesn't speed up weight loss, but experts say that skimping on H2O can make you confuse thirst for hunger.

2.You're Always Looking at #FoodPorn - Everyone posts every meal to Instagram, but don’t look! A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that seeing images of delicious food activates the brain's reward center and can cause you to overeat.

3.You're Sleepy - A 2013 study shows that sleep deprivation makes food look even more appealing causing you to be even hungrier, and eat more.

4.You Eat Too Much Sugar - A 2011 study found that eating lots of sugar throws off your guts hormonal balance. It slows the production of leptin (a hormone that suppresses appetite) and allows ghrelin (a hormone that tells your brain you're hungry) to trick you into thinking you need to eat more.

5.You Love Going to Happy Hour - Past research shows that alcohol affects leptin levels too making you hungrier. Drinking more can be the cause of hundreds of extra calories.

6.You're Stressed (or think you might be soon) - Worrying about an event in the future can cause ghrelin to spike, which raises hunger levels, says new research. Unfortunately, this effect is even stronger when you are actually experiencing the stressful event.

7.You're Watching TV - If you’re super into “Game of Thrones” you can’t pay attention to hunger cues that tell you when you’re full. If you don’t wait to eat after your favorite show you’re bound to pack on more pounds.  

 

 

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