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Find Out Why You Are Hungry All of the Time

By Sandy Schroeder

If the hunger demon always seems to be lurking in your life, it may be time to give it the boot. It can be incredibly frustrating to always be hungry as you struggle to eat less.

Many of us eat a full breakfast and wind up looking for a snack before lunch. Or, we have a big dinner and then want a rich dessert an hour later. Prevention says something is going on beyond true hunger and therapists say emotional eating and food games may be involved.

Understanding how stress and emotional reactions fuel our hunger, can help us find solutions. Here are a few things that may be going on.

You may be playing games with your appetite - If you are determined to lose weight, you may be trying to get by with lots of leafy greens and veggies for lunch or dinner. And you may be skipping breakfast altogether. These bad choices can create a constant focus on hunger and food that undermines the best effort to lose weight. Start with veggies and leafy greens and add satisfying fiber and protein in beans or lean meats, poultry, or fish.

You may be teasing your appetite with commercials - Nothing tastes as great as some of those burgers look. Fight back with spicy healthy recipes that will please you and your family.

You eat on the go a lot - When stress calls the shots and deadlines, family demands and other issues keep you running, it can be too easy to eat solo wherever, whatever, and whenever. Fast food breakfasts, pizza, Thai takeout, and burgers and fries just keep showing up, while real meals with fruit, vegetables and lean meats vanish. This kind of eating adds weight and often becomes addictive.

You may actually be tired - Those urges to snack all day may really start with a loss of sleep. When you are not sleeping well, stress hormones may convince you that you are starving. Make sleep a priority to get 7 to 9 hours every night and see if your hunger pangs subside too.

Insulin resistance - If you try everything, and still feel famished, you may want to check with your doctor to see if you have insulin resistance, which means the body's cells are not handling insulin efficiently. In response, the pancreas provides more insulin and the body reacts by eating more. Discuss your appetite and the insulin issue with your doctor.

Keep going until you find out what is driving your appetite. You will be amazed at the difference when you can just enjoy food without all of the drama and extra pounds.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downers Grove, Ill.

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