Don't Mistake Hunger for Thirst if You Want to Avoid Overeating

Jordan Mendiola
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Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.

Do you feel hungry way more times than you think you should? With many of us working from home, we don’t really exert as much energy as we would if we had to commute in and out of our homes every day. 

For the past thirty days, I have taken extra note of my hydrating habits and my eating habits. 

I’ve noticed that I don’t need to eat hardly as much as I used to because I’m not in team sports, nor am I exerting a ton of energy working on a computer.

There have been so many instances where I feel like I’m starving when in actuality, I’m just parched and need some ice-cold water to get refocused. 

Does this sound like you?

If we take a look at this image above, men should be drinking nearly a gallon of water each day and women should be drinking nearly 75% of a gallon each day.

I am proud to say that I refill my 40-ounce water bottle about three times a day, so I just barely meet the recommended water intake for males.

But it didn’t use to always be this way. I used to go downstairs, drink some milk, apple juice, or orange juice — literally everything but water. To top it all off, I’d grab some snacks or eat leftovers from the day before. 

Replenish your energy, by starting with water.

When you’re not hydrated, your body instantly thinks “I need food” I need to replenish myself with snacks or anything edible.

The first thought should instead be shifted towards water. As stated at the beginning of this article, the brain and heart account for nearly 73% of water. 

If you aren’t hydrated properly, you won’t function at your maximum capacity. 

The next time you’re feeling off and think it’s hunger, reach for your reusable water bottle instead. 

As my girlfriend and I like to say, “hydrate or die-drate”.

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