7 Reasons why you’re feeling hungry soon after eating
Still feeling hungry right after eating your meal? You are not alone and no, the reason isn’t probably because you didn’t eat enough, the culprit is likely your diet or lifestyle. Which means that it’s totally in your control, if you just want.
The fact is, that certain medications cause increased appetite as a side effect, and those are a whole other story. The hunger which I’m talking about is usually self-inflicted and you can easily get rid of it. Check these possible explanations for that frustrating nagging feeling of a constant hunger and beat it!
Your meals are lacking protein. Protein plays an important role in appetite control by regulating your hunger hormones. And even if you eat at least five meals per day as suggested, but mainly bread, pasta or salads, those hormones will send a signal to your brain that you need to head straight to the kitchen. Simple as that!
Your meals contain wrong kind of carbohydrates. Related to the above, the reason for constant hunger might lay in refined carbs. That kind of carbs are super processed and basically most of the essential fiber, vitamins and minerals are removed, and your body digests them very quickly. Which means that they don’t promote significant feelings of fullness but will cause blood sugar fluctuations.
We all need good carbs, so don’t ditch those totally from your diet! Just forget all fiberless white pasta and bread, candies, sodas and baked goods, and choose whole foods like vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains instead.
You aren’t eating enough fat. And now we are talking about good kind of fat, not those you’ll get from fries, chips, chocolate and baked goods. I know that fat has been kind of monster during past years, but the fact is that fat slows digestion and increases the production of fullness-promoting hormones. Make sure that you have high-fat foods like nuts, seeds, avocados, plant-based oil, eggs or full-fat yogurt in every meal, and I bet you aren’t feeling hungry right after!
You’re not drinking enough water. Most people confuse thirst signals of the body with hunger and will go for snacks when their bodies are just trying to tell them about the lack of hydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and always before reaching for any snacks. Before you reach for that snack, have a glass of water first. Wait for five to ten minutes and ask yourself, if you really are hungry and in need of that toast or chocolate biscuit. Yeah, that’s exactly what I thought!
You are not sleeping enough. Your brain nor immune system doesn’t work fully when you are suffering from sleep deprivation, but this isn’t enough. No, you’ll also get hungry if you don’t get adequate sleep the longer term. Sleep deprivation causes fluctuations in hunger hormone and may push you towards all sugary and easy eatable snacks and fast food.
You are stressed. Rough week at work? Anxiety and stress are two of the most common reasons why people eat when they aren’t hungry. Either consciously or unconsciously. Stress increases levels of cortisol, a hormone that has been shown to promote hunger and food cravings, making you want all sugary, fattening or salty foods around you.
So, before heading to the kitchen, try to relax by meditating, through the breathing exercises, have a hot bath, yoga or a gentle workout. Studies have shown, that regularly done relaxation exercises can help reduce that need for unnecessary eating, when it’s caused by stress.
You’re drinking too much or too often alcohol. We all know the fact that alcohol can’t be count as a health product as it’s only full of empty calories. But did you know that too much of alcohol decreases the production of hormones that promote fullness, which means booze could be tricking your brain into thinking you’re hungry? Yep, think about that!
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