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 Why You're Still Hungry After Breakfast

 Why You're Still Hungry After Breakfast
Do you find yourself hungry almost immediately after eating breakfast? Maybe you're noticing a mid-morning dip in your energy levels that is causing you to head to the vending machine or order a sugary coffee drink. Perhaps you are eating what you think is healthy, but just can't seem to fill up and be satisfied until lunch time.

Needing to eat so soon after breakfast can not only be annoying, but it can actually signify that you need to rethink what you're consuming as your first meal of the day. Here are some common solutions to why you might be hungry right after breakfast.

You are sleep deprived

Did you know that missing out on sleep actually leads to an increase in the hormone responsible for regulating hunger? If you ever wonder why you feel the need to binge on sugars and carbs the night after getting barely any shut eye this is definitely the case"€”and it can be very difficult to resist these urges.

Do your best to find the time to get a full eight hours of sleep. Being exhausted can actually work against you when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight, and it can also drain your willpower and make you feel pretty darn miserable.

You are stressed out

Does your urge to eat come on as soon as you see the ever growing stack of papers on your desk at work? Eating can be a coping mechanism used to deal with negative emotions"€”and this may be why you feel compelled to chow down on a pastry as soon as you get to your office.

The best way to deal with copious amounts of stress is to simply find healthy ways to deal with them. Practice deep breathing, try a guided meditation, take a quick walk outside or listen to music. If you can, try not to focus on everything that you have to do"€”just do your best to take the time to work on what's in front of you.

You are dehydrated

It's a common mistake"€”being dehydrated is often mistaken for being hungry, especially when you are chronically dehydrated. The best way to curb this is to keep a fresh bottle of water within reach at all time"€”drinking it will become automatic.

If you feel the urge to drink coffee all day long, or sip on sugary soda, consider trying sparkling water as a healthier alternative. If you want to add some flavour, try a twist of lemon or lime or some sliced cucumbers.

You are eating the wrong foods

Consider what you eat for breakfast on a normal day. Is it a bowl of cereal? A banana and a bagel? Maybe a protein bar that tastes more like candy than a proper meal? A lot of what we think of as a "€˜balanced breakfast' is anything but"€”and really only serves to spike our blood sugar and leaves us hungry only a few hours later.

You should be focusing on three things when it comes to breakfast"€”protein, healthy fats and complex carbs. Avoid fruit juices, processed food and anything too sugary. The size of your breakfast is important too, and it's wise to adhere to this following piece of wisdom: "€œEat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper"€.

You need a snack

If you have a difficult time eating a giant breakfast in the morning, first check that you aren't eating too soon before you go to bed. If that's not the case then it may be useful for you to prepare yourself a small snack for the morning"€”almost like the second part of your breakfast.

Keep it healthy! Something like carrots and hummus, a smoothie or an apple and peanut butter would all be great choices. There are also some great protein bars on the market that aren't loaded with sugar"€”if you find yourself in need of something you can grab and go, that might be a fantastic choice.

You are eating too many processed foods

Want to know what almost all processed foods have in common? Well, besides the unnaturally long ingredients list it can be said that they are often very high in calories and very low in actual nutrients. They basically deprive your body of what it needs and fill it up with what it doesn't"€” causing you to essentially be overfed and starving at the same time.

The solution to remedy this is cut as many processed foods out of your diet as possible, dropping things like high fructose corn syrup which will do nothing but spike your blood sugar. Other things to avoid as artificial ingredients, including dyes and artificial sugars, refined grains, refined sweeteners and oils that contain saturated fats.

You are eating too fast

Does your breakfast consist of devouring a piece of toast as you run to your car in the morning? Eating quickly can actually prevent your body from delivering the proper hormones it needs to tell your stomach that it's full, which prevents you from feeling satisfied. If you can't find the time to sit down to enjoy a meal then consider simply taking more time to chew your food- studies have shown that it can actually help you stay fuller for longer.

You have an untreated health issue

There are some medical reasons for rampant hunger that go beyond simply tweaking your lifestyle choices. Having issues with your thyroid can actually cause you to feel hungry constantly, and can easily be remedied through the use of medication. Likewise, it could be hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) that is causing your appetite to soar, or a sign of pre-diabetes.

If nothing you do makes a difference in how hungry you feel every morning then it might be wise to check in with your doctor about your symptoms. After all, it could be something as simple as a medication prescription to get your body back on track.

Be sure to talk with your medical provider if you think that you have a condition that is causing you to overeat and if you have tried some of the other methods to control your appetite but haven't had any luck.

The HCG diet is also one of the best and most convenient methods for managing your hunger and it can help you control your appetite if you find that you've been hungry after breakfast too often. It's one of the best diets that can actually detox your body and help to reset your metabolism and your appetite, and for more information about the diet or to ask a medical provider any questions, Contact Nu Image Medical today.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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