Ever felt a crazy mood swings while dieting ?
May fought with your spouse or family over a pity issue !!! (I am sure, after eating your food you felt guilty about that fight)
Ever noticed your temperament when you are hungry ??
Being “HANGRY” is, in fact, a real emotion that is triggered by our body’s Physical response to craving food
According to a research concluded in 2017, “Hangry” is real.A small body of scientific research affirms that hunger-induced emotionality or feeling “Hangry” is more than mere colloquialism.
For example, Individuals who have not eaten (i.e., in a glucose-
depleted state or lower insulin level) tend to be more impulsive, cranky, aggitated, punitive, and aggressive.
A rich theoretical history in psychology supports the psycho-
logical constructionist hypothesis that people experience emotions
when they make bodily changes meaningful in the present context.
Perhaps one of the most interesting implications of the present
findings is that hunger has the potential to adversely impact affective judgments and experiences.
This could help explain why
people dislike their spouses more when their blood sugar is low or why they are more morally punitive when hungry. However, our findings suggest that hunger does not automatically lead to more negative emotions and interpersonal judgments.
Context plays a central role
in whether hunger is conceptualized as emotions, as does the focus
of a person’s attention. Given that situated inferences about the
meaning of affect tend to be relatively automatic and unconscious. Some studies suggest that individuals only conceptualize hunger as emotion when not explicitly focused on the emotional nature of their feelings.
Some findings also suggest that having an emotion label (e.g., “anger”) accessible could lead to the implicit regulation of emotion, reducing the likelihood that hunger results in the experience of negative, high arousal emotions or judgments that people and
objects in the world are unpleasant. Much research suggests that
drawing attention to affective feelings by putting feelings into words (“affect labeling”) can regulate or reduce the intensity of affect. For example, labeling one’s affective state in the moment
has been shown to reduce the intensity of physiological responses.
So, the next time you get cracky or aggitated try to eat something cause it may be just your insulin level talking. Pay a close attention to your body and understand it for your own health.