Here's Why Hanger Is Real

by Parent Co. March 26, 2016

There's science behind "hanger."

Exercising self-control all day long uses a lot of energy, largely in the form of glucose. As Medical News Today explains, our bodies break down food to make glucose, which helps the brain function. But there’s more to it than that. Lauren Slayton, MS, RD, founder of Foodtrainers, a nutrition practice in NYC, adds, “The body tries to compensate when blood glucose decreases by releasing certain hormones.” These hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, increase aggressiveness, amping up your hangry behavior. The best way to avoid getting hangry is to eat regularly. Slayton suggests a “four-hour rule” — never go more than four hours without something to eat. H/T: The Daily Beast


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