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7 Reasons Why You Are Always Hungry

7 Reasons Why You Are Always Hungry

Reasons Why You Are Always Hungry

There might be several reasons why you are always hungry, and by addressing some of those reasons you can lose weight by controlling your appetite. Your cravings are one of the biggest factors that can lead to weight gain, but there are several ways that you can control your cravings without having to necessarily eat less food. Detox diets like the HCG diet can be a great way to change your appetites for unhealthy foods and  help you control your appetite for junk, but addressing some of these hunger causes can also be helpful. If you have found that you are struggling with your cravings, try some of these seven methods and see if they help you avoid binging on junk food and if they can help you lose weight. If you don't have any luck the HCG diet can be a much easier way to change your food cravings.

You eat out at restaurants too often

Your friends can be a positive or negative influence on your eating habits. If you find that you are dining out too often, and that you are dining out with your friends, you'll most likely eat a lot more than you normally would. Studies have shown that people often mimic the eating behaviors of others. If you are getting very large portions for dinner and full course meals with your friends, and you have been struggling with weight loss, try limiting the number of days that you go out for dinner. Instead of having a large dinner, trying going out for lunch or brunch, which is much less likely to have a harmful impact on your weight since the calories you consume at dinner are not very easily burned as you wind down from the day.

You aren't eating breakfast

One of the major causes of hunger throughout the day is a lack of sufficient nutrition at the start of the day. You don't have to eat breakfast as soon as you wake up in the morning, because a lot of people are simply not hungry right away. But, as soon as you start feeling hungry you should definitely start eating breakfast. Waiting until lunch or dinner to get most of your calories for the day is almost always a mistake. You'll end up eating larger portions the majority of the time, and you'll be training your body to go into starvation mode. That means that any excess calories that you do eat later in the day will be converted to fat more easily. You need to balance your meals throughout the day, and eating a large breakfast is proven to be one of the best ways to helping control your appetite.

You eat too quickly

Eating too quickly is bad for your waistline. Studies show that it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you have started eating food. During this critical 20 minute window it can be very easy to eat way too many calories. Don't inhale your food, instead try breaking your meals into smaller portions and multiple courses. Starting your dinner or lunch off with an appetizer is a good way to avoid overeating; if you have a sufficient amount of time between your appetizer and your entrée you are much less likely to be starving by the time you get your entrée. Also it helps to order smaller portions of course, but if you find that you are eating too quickly and that you finish your meals fast, slow the pace down and take the time to enjoy your meals.

You don't drink enough water

Dehydration is a common cause for hunger that many people overlook. If you are hungry throughout the day be sure that you are getting a sufficient amount of water, and always keep some water with you to stay hydrated. The chances are that at least some of you hungry is related to dehydration, and you might find that you are tempted to eat less when you are hydrated better. Staying hydrated is the best way to keep your metabolism going and it can also help you digest your food more efficiently. You will also be less tempted to overeat during your meals when you drink a sufficient amount of water at your meals. Always keep some water with you, and even carbonated unsweetened water can work just as well as regular water, or unsweetened tea.

You eat too many refined foods

Refined foods, sugar, simple carbohydrates, and wheat are all bad for you, and they leave you feeling starved soon after you finish eating them. Because they are digested so quickly by your body, you will find that you have to keep eating them to stay satisfied. They can provide you with a quick boost of energy that quickly drops off. The crash in blood sugar that occurs when you eat these foods is always bad, and it often drives you to eat way more calories than you should. It also contributes to insulin resistance, weight gain, inflammation and a whole host of other metabolic problems. Don't eat packaged foods and simple carbohydrates, and even try to avoid eating whole wheat carbohydrates. Eat mostly whole foods like fruits and vegetables as well as healthy natural fats like olive oil and coconut oil and protein and you won't have the crashes that come with eating refined foods.

Your hormones are imbalanced

Imbalanced hormones are often the result of a poor diet and a lack of exercise, and they can wreak havoc on your cravings and your brain chemistry. You may have thyroid problems, insulin resistance, ghrelin resistance and other hormonal issues that need to be corrected. In many cases, the best way to correct hormone imbalances is to simply stop eating the foods that can have a negative effect on your hormones. Imbalanced hormones can lead to all kinds of problems with your food cravings. Ghrelin is one of the most important hormones that regulates your appetite, and when your ghrelin levels are out of balance or when you have ghrelin resistance as a result of a poor diet it can cause you to eat more than you should. Leptin is another important hormone for appetite, it actually suppresses the appetite and your leptin levels can be greatly affected by your diet choices.

You don't get enough sleep

When you don't get enough sleep your body compensates by getting energy in the form of food. Several studies have connected a lack of sleep with weight gain. Getting an adequate amount of sleep every night will help you with food cravings. A study of people aged 22-26 found that young people who got the least amount of sleep were more likely to eat as a result of responding to food stimuli. They also had a higher reward response that was measured in their brain in response to eating, which can be associated with food addictions or strong cravings. The study found that there is a strong correlation between restricted sleep and a desire to eat. On the days that you don't get enough sleep, be sure to eat a large and healthy breakfast and try to drink a lot of coffee which can help you stay up and suppress your appetite and reduce the chance that you'll have to snack.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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