Are You Constantly Hungry?
Do You Always Feel Hungry?
You’ve tried everything – you THINK. You’re not losing weight. You’re constantly hungry and say to yourself, “screw it, I quit.”
And – you continue to eat all the same foods, keep all the same habits, never changing a thing because you’ve tried. That’s it. Is this you?
Now – there COULD be medical reasons you always feel hungry – like diabetes, depression, worms, etc. I’ve linked one article at the end of this post that talks about those reasons.
A majority of us, however, probably really have simple reasons for feeling constantly hungry.
- Sleep deprivation: If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, your body produces more ghrelin – a hormone that stimulates hunger. Your body also produces less leptin which tells your brain you’ve eaten and suppresses appetite.
- Eating too much processed food. I read this somewhere, can’t remember where – but it has to do with the chemicals in processed food. Eating food that’s actually FOOD will help. Try suggestions from Eat This, Not That or just start making more food from scratch.
- Stress: Stress induces hunger, it’s true. Stress produces hormones and brain chemicals (if you want the details, read some of the articles I posted at the end of this) that induce hunger. Find other ways to deal with stress, or de-stress your life. Do more yoga, meditation, play soothing music on the commute home. Subscribe to Live Happy and learn ways to make your life better.
- Too many carbs: Chips, crackers, bread… all of these with the bleached flour in them, etc. do not satiate you. Your blood sugars go up and crash quickly leaving you to want even MORE carbs. Stop the cycle and give your body more fresh fruit and veggies.
- You’re dehydrated: I KNOW this one is true because I’ve eliminated a lot of cravings by simply grabbing a tall glass of water. Ever notice how you get the munchies drinking alcohol? Alcohol dehydrates you too. Avoid these hungries by giving your body the proper amount of hydration.
- You’re not eating enough protein or healthy fat: Both healthy protein and fat make you feel fuller. Simple as that.
- You skipped a meal (how about breakfast?) Skipping a meal stimulates that same hormone that sleep deprivation does and makes you want to eat MORE. Don’t let too much time go by. I usually eat something every 2-3 hours, however I’ve read that 4-5 hours is fine too.
- You eat too fast. If you eat your food too fast, you’re not giving your brain enough time to know that you’ve eaten. Sounds weird – but there is a delay between your first bite and when your brain knows you’ve eaten enough. Wait 20 minutes before deciding to go for seconds. (that can be hard I know! – drink some water while you wait LOL)
If none of these reasons or the reasons in the other articles help you – go see your doctor. Maybe certain drugs you’re on are making you constantly hungry or maybe there are medical reasons that you need to address.
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Make it a Great Day! ~Ginny
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