Ever feel like you’re hungry for “no reason”?
By “no reason”, I mean that you’re eating enough food to count as a full meal… but then a half hour later you’re still hungry. Or… you’re hungry all the time, whether you just ate a full meal or not.
Here are 12 reasons why you still feel hungry even a short time after you ate:
Sometimes, you feel hungry just after eating because you haven’t had enough water. Dehydration can cause intense hunger throughout the day regardless of food intake.
Sometimes, it’s not about needing nutrients or needing food that makes us feel super hungry – it’s about craving specific tastes. It’s very easy to mistake a strong psychological craving to taste, say, ice cream, as actual physical hunger.
You’re “lusting” after a specific taste, and it can trick you into eating when you’re not actually hungry at all.
3. Psychological Hunger
Sometimes, feeling hunger has nothing to do with whether our bodies actually require food or not. For many people, eating food helps them calm down and reduce psychological pain. Lots of people eat when they’re nervous, or bored, or upset, or scared, or stressed… you get the idea.
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It’s very easy to become addicted to the feeling of eating a delicious food. If you eat out too often, it’s easy to start becoming addicted to butter, or salt – two ingredients that restaurants use a lot of in their foods.
In addition, there are chemicals added to some types of processed foods that skip past your body’s mechanisms for feeling full and make you crave that food over and over again – like a drug.
5. Eating Too Fast
Lots of people feel crunched for time and have to eat fast – but when you eat on the run, you wind up messing up your body’s satiety cycle over the long hall. Eating quickly doesn’t allow your body to release the hormone that signals feeling full – and so you never feel full, no matter how much you eat. Try eating slower to wind up eating less.
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Sometimes, when you drink some wine or some beer during a meal, you can be making yourself hungry.
That’s because scientists have found that alcohol increases the amount of the hormone ghrelin in your body which triggers you feeling hungry.
7. Not Getting Enough Sleep
The hormone leptin is critical for your body to be able to feel full. The problem is – when you’re not getting enough sleep at night, your body can’t produce enough leptin – impairing your ability to feel full. Plus, when you don’t sleep enough, your body makes more ghrelin – which we talked about before as inducing hunger.
8. Pressure From Your Peers
It’s hard to say no to an unhealthy choice when you’re alone – when you’re with a group of other people, forget about it! Being with friends or family that are eating desserts or unhealthy foods makes it much harder to say no to them – especially when you want to eat them in the first place! The only way to manage this pressure is to be aware of it, and respond accordingly.
9. Watching Too Much tv
Studies have shown that while you watch TV you’re more likely to eat processed foods, soft drinks, and other high calorie options – not what you want for feeling full and healthy!
10. Not Eating Breakfast
A lot of people convince themselves they “don’t have time” to eat in the morning – and wind up sentencing themselves to feel hungry all day. That’s because when you don’t eat breakfast, your metabolism slows down, forces your body to feel hungry, and then storing the food you do eat as fat instead of using it for energy.
11. Diet Soda
Diet soda can actually screw with your appetite a lot . That’s because when we taste something sweet, our bodies naturally expect sugar – or at least a lot of calories – to be ingested. When that doesn’t happen, it screws up our bodies appetites, causing us to feel hungrier.
12. Chewing Gum
When you chew gum (even sugar free gum!) it stimulates your mouth to produce lots of saliva – which is swallowed and sent to your stomach. Then, after getting all that saliva in its stomach, your body expects food to follow – and when it doesn’t get it, it gets hungry.
Are you always hungry? Why do you think that is and what’s your strategy to deal with it?
The Biggest Reasons You Always Feel Hungry
- Psychological hunger
- Eating too fast
- Not getting enough sleep
- Pressure from your peers
- Watching too much tv
- Not eating breakfast
- Diet soda
- Chewing gum
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