Why Are You Hungry All the Time?
By Sara Butler
Hunger is a natural cue from your body that it needs fuel. When you’re hungry, your stomach might growl or feel empty. You may experience headaches, feel unable to concentrate, or feel irritable and “hangry.” Some people can go hours between meals, while others feel hungry more often. If you’re in the latter category, there may be some very reasonable explanations for this. Here’s why you may feel constantly hungry and what you can do to stop it.
You Need More Protein
Protein is essential for appetite control. If you don’t eat enough protein, you may find that you’re hungry more often than when you do. That’s because protein helps you to feel fuller for longer and also increases the production of hormones that signal your body to feel full.
To add protein to your day you can eat more animal products such as meat, eggs, and fish. Dairy products are also high in protein, such as yogurt and milk. Nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes are great plant-based sources of protein if you’re trying to avoid animal products.
You Don’t Sleep Enough
When it comes to feeling hungry, sleep may not even enter your mind as a factor – but it is! Getting enough sleep each night is essential to your overall health and wellness. Your brain needs it to function properly and your body needs it to regulate hormones. Many of these hormones regulate things just like your appetite and hunger. When you’re sleep deprived, you’ll simply crave more food, often foods that are high in fat and sugar.
To make sure your hunger levels stay in check, get at least seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
Too Many Refined Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are an important part of a balanced diet, but refined carbohydrates aren’t going to help you win the fight against excessive hunger. That’s because foods such as bread, white rice, candy, baked goods, and soda are made with highly processed sugar – and that sugar is a highly refined carbohydrate.
Refined carbohydrates lack fiber, so they’re digested by your body very quickly. This spikes hunger because it causes spikes in your blood sugar, which lead to increased levels of insulin, which then make you hungrier sooner.
Reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates and you may notice a big difference in your appetite!
It's important to learn what different cues from your body mean. That way, when something seems off, you can understand why!
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