Do you feel empty all the time? Do you hear your stomach ‘growl’ more than your phone’s notification beep? If you answered yes for these, you may have a feeling that you’re hungry all the time. With all the misconceptions about food and fitness, it can be easy to view hunger as a bad thing. But, the feeling of hunger is as innate as the need for yawn or sleep. It keeps your brain functioning; muscles developing and allows you to gain the energy you need for the day. However, if you find yourself hungry all the time, these may be the reasons,
1. You’re not stocking enough proteins and fibre
We need macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) to ensure the proper functioning of the body. While carbohydrates provide energy, protein, fat, and fibre are necessary for sustaining this energy. Reducing the intake of these essential nutrients often leads to hunger. This is why you need to take foods like avocado, eggs, and berries that are rich in protein and fibre to curb your hunger.
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2. You are not concentrating when you’re eating
Rushing your meal and eating while walking, eating, or driving makes you distracted while you’re eating. This will make it harder for your body to recognize that you’re full which will either leads to eating less or overeating. Thus, being mindful of what you eat not only makes you feel satiated but also reduces your food cravings.
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3. Your hormones are spiraling
Some hormones in your body can directly or indirectly impact your eating habits. For example, the stress hormone (Cortisol) can trigger your food cravings and can keep you feeling hungry all the time. Also, some hormones related to Menstruation can also cause a temporary increase in appetite and food cravings.
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To your surprise, most of your hunger feelings are just a sign of dehydration and you’re just thirsty. It is common in people to confuse hunger and thirst. So, if you are feeling hungry immediately after eating or hitting that afternoon slump, or all the time, try drinking a glass of water. This would help you curb your hunger.
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5. You are not sleeping enough
Sleep is not only essential for the brain, but also for your stomach. Sleep plays a major role in regulating the hormones in your body that contribute to an increased feeling of hunger. This is why people having short sleep hours have sugar cravings and junk food cravings as soon as they wake up.
The feeling of hunger is different for a different person. Some people can go several hours between meals before feeling hungry again while some feel hungry right after their meal. So next time you’re feeling hungry, it may be due to one of these above reasons.