Are you furiously hungry? Literally furious? You might be hangry (hungry + angry). Yes, it’s real. Here’s what science has to say about it.
So, I have a bit of reputation. And it’s not something to brag about.
I’m notorious for getting hangry.
My friends and family know that if I’m in a bad mood, it’s probably because I skipped a meal that day. In fact, a common question someone asks me when I’m being snippy is, “do you need to eat something?”
But… is hangry real?
In case you’re not familiar with the term, it’s being angry as a result of being hungry. Hangry. You’re probably nodding your head, yes, you’ve definitely felt that at some point. Well, its more than just being a drama queen, as I have often been accused of while in this state. It’s an actual chemical reaction to blood-glucose levels dropping as a result of being calorie-deficient. This is where that stereotype of an angry dieter comes to mind, someone who is miserable while trying to lose weight. Truthfully, those feelings are your body reacting to being under-fueled. And the consequence can get pretty ugly.
When your body reaches a certain state of hunger, your stomach sends signals to the brain that you need. Food. NOW. It’s a survival instinct, but it can actually cause you to be more aggressive. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that regulates emotions, and when you get super hungry, Serotonin levels will plummet. Cue unreasonable anger. In fact, you might even be more likely to hold a grudge when you’re in a state of intense hanger! So, it’s probably best to eat something before you get into yet another argument over whether or not the dress is blue or black (SORRY TO BRING IT UP AGAIN, BUT SERIOUSLY).
My last point about hangry (and why you should try to avoid it) is that when you reach that point where you can’t focus on anything but everything makes you mad anyway, all self-control goes out the window. You’re far more likely to eat (and buy) something without nutritional value- in fact, you might even find yourself making crazy impulse purchases of non-food things as well! Grab a snack and step away from the Louis Vuitton Punching Bag. Trust me.
The best way to combat the hangries is to keep your blood sugar levels fairly constant all day. This can be done by eating frequent, small meals that are nutrient dense and supply a sufficient balance of macronutrients (carbs, protein and fats). Because you’re not you when you’re hungry.