Find Out Why Are You Feeling Excessively Hungry!
Hunger is natural but do you have the feeling that your hunger is a little excessive? Do you feel hunger pangs right after you had a huge meal? Do you find yourself searching for a snack even before finishing your first one? What is the reason behind this ravenous hunger? Let us find out!
A dietician says that that it is normal to have an increase in appetite after working out hard or having periods. Even pregnancy and breastfeeding can make one’s appetite increase. However, if these are not the reasons and you are a bottomless pit, there is something seriously wrong. Here are the possible reasons of feeling excessively hungry and the way to deal with it:
1) You meals are spaced too far
When there is a huge gap between your meals, your stomach stays empty for too long, your body releases more amount of the appetite-stimulating hormone, ghrelin. This can leave you famished and will lead to overeating.
Try having a meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours. It is recommended that you keep an emergency snack with you like a fruit or some nuts. This will help you when you are away from home.
2) You are not getting sufficient nutrients
There are three components in satisfying snacks namely, fibre, protein and bit of healthy fat. All the three can help slow down your digestion and keep your blood sugar stable. This will keep you full for long.
You can snack on plain popcorn (for the fibre) along with roasted almonds (protein as well as healthy fat) or veggie sticks (fibre) with hummus (protein plus healthy fat) or a salad with tomatoes, avocado and cottage cheese.
3) You are eating too much of sugar and simple carbs
When you eat a lot of simple carbs such as white bread, pasta, pastries, bagels and sugar, you won’t feel satisfied. Initially, your glucose will rise giving you lots of energy but then it will crash causing your body to crave for more simple carbs. This can turn into a vicious cycle and you will never feel satisfied regardless of how much you keep eating.
4) You confuse thirst for hunger
Signals for thirst and hunger come from the same part of the brain and this makes it difficult to differentiate between the two. It would be wiser to keep a water bottle at your side so that you sip on enough water right through the day. This way you won’t confuse thirst for hunger.
Stress leads to an increase in the production of the hormone cortisol that is known to boost your appetite as your body thinks that it needs to prepare to fight. Studies say that stress can increase your cravings for fatty foods and sugary stuff. They may pacify you temporarily. The end result of increased cortisol is that there is an increase in your cravings. Try to manage stress.
6) You are not eating mindfully
Mindful eating helps the body realize whether it is actually hungry or not. Additionally, it lets you find out if the food is satisfying or not. When you don’t pay attention to your food, you end up eating more than you need to. You won’t be able to find if it is actual hunger or dehydration or stress.
7) You are sleep deprived
In sleep deprived humans, the hunger hormones get affected resulting in a rise in appetite. Also, when you are tired due to lack of sleep, your body starts craving a quick fuel source and that is sugar loaded food. So, get enough sleep if you really want to prevent yourself from feeling excessively hungry.
8) There exists an underlying medical condition
If you have ruled out all the possibilities, the reason of your hunger needs medical attention. Diseases like depression, hyperthyroidism and anxiety can result in increase in appetite.
Hope this post on feeling excessively hungry has been useful!
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