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October 22, 2015 2 min read

There are few things worse than hanger. If you haven't heard of it before, hanger is that feeling of anger you get when operating on an empty stomach. If you think about it, we bet you can name a few people who max out the hanger scale! Imagine, you and your team at work have been super busy and forced to work through lunch. By 2pm, someone is bound to be snippy and impatient. Perhaps you're all snippy and impatient. It is irrational anger, it is disruptive and it is real. Before you skip a meal and make life a living hell for those around you, read on. Here are 5 things that happen to your body when you are hangry:

1. Your body runs out of glucose.

After about 6 hours of not eating, your body runs out of glucose. Glucose provides energy that's created when your body breaks down the molecules in your food. Your brain needs glucose to function. Without this energy you will feel sluggish and, well, hangry.

2. Your body releases hormones.

Because your body is missing glucose, it kicks into survival mode. It will send signals to your brain to start producing hormones that regulate glucose. The hormones released are often referred to as "fight or flight" hormones and carry with them a massive release of adrenaline that may leave you feeling anxious or shaky.

3. Your body stops producing other nutrients.

Glucose is not the only thing your body gets from food. Food gives you things like fatty and amino acids. When present in the blood stream, these things keep your body functioning properly and provide you with energy. Without them, you'll just want to scream!

4. Your body starts storing fat.

If you don't eat at regular intervals, your body will think it is starving. Your metabolism gets wonky and you start to store fat. Your body is rationing your fat for energy conservation.

5. Your body might use your muscles for energy.

If you are in that hangry space, you may think an exercise induced endorphin rush will fix your mood. But, your body might actually start to eat your muscle protein for energy instead of dipping into your fat stores. Over time, this can lead to a loss in muscle mass which really defeats the purpose of exercising in the first place. Do you experience hanger? How do you fight it? What easy snacks do you keep on hand? For some quick, easy, healthy snack ideas, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan! Source: Bustle  

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