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Why You're Hungry All the Time

By Sara Butler

Hunger is something that can't be avoided. It's a vital biological signal your body sends to remind you that it's time for some nourishment. But hunger also isn't something you should feel all the time. If you find yourself feeling as if you want to munch all day long, then it may be time to stop to try to figure out why. Here are a few of the reasons it might be happening to you.

You're Not Getting Enough Fiber or Protein

Different nutrients accomplish different things. Fiber and protein are two nutrients that are digested more slowly than others and will help you to feel satisfied after eating for longer periods of time. That's why, if you're feeling hungry often, you may want to take a look at much fiber and protein you're eating. Try to incorporate them into your meals and snacks throughout the day, such as a slice of turkey with cheese or whole grain crackers with nut butter. You may find you're not as hungry as often.

You're Simply Not Eating Enough

People reduce the amount of food they eat each day for a variety of reasons, but if you're not eating enough then it can lead to feeling hungry all the time. And remember that hunger isn't simply your tummy grumbling to let you know it needs to be filled. Hunger can also manifest as fatigue, dizziness, fixation on certain foods, or the inability to focus and concentrate. Tune in to your body's natural hunger cues and make sure you're giving it what it needs.

You're Not Focused

When you eat, you should be focused on eating. Yet many people eat in front of their computers or television, which distracts them from what they're doing and doesn't allow them to recognize when they're full. Practice more mindful eating to ensure you feel satisfied at the end of the meal. It may also help to reduce food cravings and help curb emotional eating as well.

You Eat Too Fast

Even if you're not distracted while eating, eating too fast can make it difficult for the body to known when you're full. Make eating more slowly a priority. If you tend to be a fast eater, then try timing your meal to help you slow down. Take sips of water between bites and think about how full you feel as you eat. This will help you eat less and enjoy your meal more!

If you're hungry all the time, then it's important to understand why for your continued health and wellness.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.

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