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World Hunger Day 2024: Hydration to Sleep, 5 ways to control unnecessary hunger pangs

Know effective strategies to manage unnecessary hunger pangs on World Hunger Day 2024. Learn five practical tips to help control cravings and promote healthier eating habits.

Written By: Muskan Gupta @guptamuskan_ New Delhi Published on: May 27, 2024 21:08 IST
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World Hunger Day, observed annually on May 28, raises awareness about the global hunger crisis and encourages sustainable solutions to end hunger. While tackling global hunger requires systemic changes, individuals can also make small, meaningful changes in their daily lives to manage unnecessary hunger pangs and contribute to overall well-being. From staying hydrated to mindful eating, here are five practical tips to help control those pesky hunger pangs.

1. Stay Hydrated

Often, feelings of hunger are signs of dehydration. Drinking enough water throughout the day can help you differentiate between actual hunger and thirst. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first and wait for a few minutes to see if the hunger subsides.

2. Eat Balanced Meals

A well-balanced meal that includes a mix of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates can keep you full longer and prevent unnecessary snacking. Protein and fats take longer to digest, helping you stay satisfied, while complex carbs provide a steady energy release. Include foods like lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and plenty of vegetables in your diet.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep can disrupt the hormones that regulate hunger, leading to increased appetite and cravings for unhealthy foods. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to keep these hormones in balance and reduce the likelihood of experiencing unnecessary hunger pangs.

4. Manage Stress

Stress can trigger emotional eating and increase hunger pangs. Finding healthy ways to manage stress, such as through exercise, meditation, or engaging in hobbies, can help control these urges. Regular physical activity not only helps manage stress but also regulates appetite by balancing hunger-related hormones.

5. Eat Mindfully

Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking. This means eating slowly, savouring each bite, and listening to your body's hunger and fullness signals. Avoid distractions like watching TV or using your phone during meals, which can lead to overeating.

By implementing these strategies, you can better manage your hunger and make healthier food choices. On this World Hunger Day, let’s also remember the millions of people worldwide who struggle with chronic hunger. By making mindful choices and supporting sustainable practices, we can contribute to a world where everyone has access to nutritious food.

Remember, small changes in our daily habits can lead to significant improvements in our health and well-being. Let's use World Hunger Day as an opportunity to not only reflect on the global hunger crisis but also to make positive changes in our own lives.

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