Types of Food Cravers
Do you crave food often? Some people crave eating sugary delicacies while others want to dig into a plate of tangy chaat! While it is normal to indulge in your favourite foods once in a while, going overboard will only cause unwanted weight gain and other health issues.
What you need to know about food cravings and the reasons behind them is that they are not the same for everyone. You must have heard a lot about people craving for certain foods but do you know about the types of food cravers? Yes, there are 5 different categories of food cravers.
Here are the different types of food cravers and I am sure you will be able to relate with them:
1) Depressed cravers
The category of depressed cravers includes people who gorge on high-carb foods in the afternoon and night or during winter. It is at these times that the levels of serotonin, a natural antidepressant in the brain are the lowest. Depressed cravers also feel anxious, negative, worried and irritable along with the food cravings. They are able to find peace in food.
2) Crashed cravers
Crashed cravers have a drop in blood sugar because they skip meals or consume very little amount of fibre, protein and saturated fat that are required to keep the blood sugar levels stable. The blood sugar slump can make them feel tensed, unable to focus and even dizzy. This makes them go in search of high-carb sweets. They often find solace in creamy cakes and sugar-loaded sweets.
3) Comfort cravers
Comfort cravers search for ice cream, cakes, pastries, chocolate, cheese and wine. They need relief from emotional pain and seek pleasure as there is a deficiency of the endorphins in the brain. Such comfort-food cravings can be mellowed down by consuming sufficient protein.
4) Stressed cravers
Stressed cravers munch on food to combat stress. This happens when the levels of brain’s natural neurotransmitter (GABA) is too low. Lack of this neurotransmitter leads to stress and mental tension. Thus makes it difficult for them to relax their minds. Even prayer, meditation and at times sleep does not help. They seem to be in a rush to eat the 3 daily meals and survive the stress. They seek refuge in visiting the kitchen and munching on chips, nuts and junk food.
5) Fatigued cravers
These kinds of cravers require sweetened beverages like coffee, sodas, iced tea and energy drinks at regular intervals. Even dark chocolate helps them get back on track. The underlying problem with these kinds of cravers is the inadequacy of the two neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. This makes them feel sluggish and unmotivated for a long time.
Do you fall in any of the above category of cravers? If you do, it is best advised that you consult the doctor so that you are able to look at the proper picture of the underlying cause and get treated accordingly.
Hope you found this post on 5 Types of Food Cravers useful!
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