The vernacular has a “ravenous” and the advertisement speaks of “peckish”. But hunger is what exactly? It occurs when the energy stores of the body are empty, so long after we had eaten anything or have played sports. Hunger is a desire for food and energy.

Most people feel it in my stomach, but also lack of concentration, headaches or nausea can be signs. The central operating hub of the hunger, the brain, specifically the mid-brain (the hypothalamus). This is where all messages that relate to the energy state of the body together. Thus, it measures the energy reserves and simultaneously regulates hunger and satiety. The signals of the midbrain are not considered a long time, creates cravings.


In an attack is indiscriminate eating food “smashed”. Many people feel, however, because of repeated and frequent dieting Snackens no longer hungry. However, the appetite is the pleasant side of the food – the pleasure. Appetite awakens the desire for a particular dish, even if one is already really tired. How the body regulates hunger and appetite during a meal, is a complicated process. Prior to the start of the meal and determine appearance, smell and taste of a dish what and how much we eat. Receptors in the stomach and intestinal wall send out information about their condition and filling the nutrients from food. The brain then decreases the appetite, the size of the meal is regulated. Once the nutrients are passed from the intestine into the body and the liver to respond to their receptors affect the various degradation products, and saturation. As long as we are tired now, is related to the composition of the diet. Saturate quickly carbohydrates, fats and proteins, however, long-lasting.

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