Appetite and hunger are two sides of the same coin. True hunger is triggered by the body’s need for glucose. When blood sugar levels are low, the body breaks down glycogen to replace the loss of glucose. However, unless you’re a serious athlete, you’re mostly likely not in this carbohydrate-deprived state before every meal.
Most of our culinary desires are linked to appetite, the physiological response to hunger that pairs biological cravings with our own social conditioning. For example, the smell of French fries might cause your body to desire a fast-food pit stop, but it’s not a physical necessity. Appetite is also linked to our emotional state and can be thrown off by a hormonal imbalance. For all the men and women out there who have suffered a bad break-up and turned to that pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, you probably know what I’m talking about.
The key to losing weight is to successfully mediate between hunger and appetite; don't overeat, but don't starve yourself either. Wisely choosing what you ingest is the key. These eight foods and drinks are not only nutritious (with one exception), but they combat those pesky cravings and work to keep your appetite in check at the same time.