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Dealing with Hunger and Food Cravings

Eat Better and Manage Your Weight without Deprivation

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  • JUNEBUG_22C
    Very well put! A lot of knowledge in this article.
  • Very well written, laid out and informative. Thank you very much
  • Excellent article! This has really helped me gauge when I am truly hungry or just wanting food for another reason, for instance comfort. Yes, there are reasons relating to hormonal levels for appetite, but these cravings or seemingly hungry feelings are not true hunger. Of course if you are on a medicine such as prednisone where the medicine is making you feel true hunger with the physiologic feelings are real is a challenge, but at least you know the feeling you get is from medicine and not true hunger. The same would go for hormonal changes during a menstrual cycle. I believe it's our job to weed out feelings like these from true hunger. I found this article to be tremendously helpful for me. Thanks so much!
  • The best article that I have read thus far. Thank you for clarification and I will check the hungar scale before anything I eat to make sure it's hunger, not cravings...which is my biggest challenge..I like the taste, not necessarily hungry.
  • I have been having a problem with cravings these last few days, I needed to read this article, hoping to follow the advice. thanks
  • I don't have a sense of taste anymore (at all) so cravings are visually driven. Someone will ask about going out to dinner and what I have a "taste" for - and for me it's about nourishment. Unless it is a seafood place (I'm allergic to shellfish) then I don't care where I go as a rule. Note: I will not go to a pricey highly touted place if a "chef" (when did they all become chefs-most are still just cooks) will not make substitutions because it has to be plated just so. Between allergies and some distinct dislikes (Brussels sprouts and beets will NEVER pass my lips) I need to be able to substitute or at least ask that the whatever be left off my plate. Some places will just not do that.
  • Very good article. No information is going to fit into every single person's perception of how the info fits into their situation. I can look back and think; yes I do feel weak and irritated, or down right sleepy if I get too hungry. I call it running out of gas. Cars need fuel to run effectively so do people.
  • Wish someone would do research on hunger increase during a woman's menstrual cycle. It is real, it is palpable and it has distinct effects upon the woman. While meal planning is key, it might be interesting to determine which foods might be best to help curb this strong "feeling".
  • Before anyone blames themselves for just a lack of willpower, please Google info about hunger and hormones, esp. LEPTIN and GHRELIN. Or glucose & insulin levels.



  • My crave is salty, especially kettle chips. There are times I do not give into the urge and there are also those times I feel like I just got to have it. I know I would do better without especially since I sometimes end up with my ankles and legs swelling-up. I have stopped sprinkling the salt shaker on my food and I track it. But, it's hard to let two weeks go by without a chip.
  • I will allow myself a small portion if I really am craving something but not over the top. As it is, I am having a hard time reaching the base calories SP is showing I can eat but I am not starving myself - rather the opposite! My craving is usually something salty/savory rather than sweet and usually at bedtime so I just eat 4 Triscuits or saltines and that satisfies it. I've been trying to be mindful when eating and it is definitely helping!
  • LIZZYBUDDY0201
    I like the "Healthy living is a life sentence" quote.
  • i got some good tips. Good way to start thinking about avoiding crave meals.
  • It is a shame this article did not take more advantage of science, because the section on cravings was 90% wrong. Cravings have been proven to stem from malnutrition, which is very serious. A pattern of cravings usually point to specific needs in the diet - often a lack of protein, magnesium, water, potassium, sodium, fiber, carbs, iron, fat, or so many other things. When we crave sugar, for instance, this often means we need to hydrate - in the old days this would prompt up to get a piece of fruit, which had water content. But today's junkfoods are so far from being actual food, they just perpetuate the malnourishment, hence we never feel full. Look up what cravings mean - there is a lot of info online that may help you identify a problem in your body. We don't all have the same needs, and some people have poor absorption of nutrients so need more of certain vitamins and minerals than others. Seasonal Affective Disorder - a desire for sun - often stems from a deficiency of Vitamin D and healthy fats. Craving creamy things may mean a lack of protein.

    Have a vitamin blood panel done if you have not had one lately, and find out if you are deficient in any nutrients. Every one of them is essential and must be in balance for you to feel good, sleep well, and be in shape.
  • This article is so helpful - love the hunger chart and would like to try it.

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