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Cravings, Hunger, or Food Addiction

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  Published on May 13th, 2020
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  Last modified April 15th, 2021
cravings or hunger

It is important to talk about the differences between cravings and hunger, as they are two very different sensations. In general, when a person eats, hunger goes away. When you feed a craving, however, it tends to become stronger. Eliminating cravings is a major goal and a fundamental feature of a ketogenic diet – not to mention an awesome added bonus! When one adheres to a ketogenic diet, they are essentially starving the craving instead of feeding into it, by not eating those sugary simple carbohydrates. While cheat days can be very helpful for some individuals, for those suffering from food cravings, it may be counterproductive and sabotage the hard work you have put in. Do Cravings Mean You Are Starving? Cravings do not happen because you are malnourished, nor because your body is trying to tell you it needs a certain food. They actually come from the “reward center” in our brain, the hippocampus. It is the urge to eat bad food because they are so sinfully delicious – and for a short period…

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