Hunger is a totally normal, necessary human drive. It assists in muscle building, brain functioning and delivers nutrients to your body so that you have energy. However have you ever felt like you are always hungry? We’re not just talking about your typical binge day, rather a consistent hunger that you can’t seem to curb? Well if so then this is the article for you. We have dove into the reason why you are just so darn hungry and we think you will be interested in the answers.
You’re Not Eating Enough Protein
Adequate levels of protein need to be maintained in order to control your appetite as protein has hunger-reducing properties. It works by increasing the production of hormones that signal fullness and reducing the levels of hormones that stimulate hunger. Therefore you should try and incorporate protein into breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are vegetarian you still have numerous options to ensure you are eating enough protein such as tofu, lentils, chickpeas, hemp seeds etc.
Lack Of Sleep
If you are having inadequate hours of sleep then the hormones affecting hunger will be impacted. Those who are sleep deprived have a bigger appetite and struggle to feel full. Therefore, try to lie in bed earlier than you normally do and limit the screen time as blue light is emitted from your televisions and mobile devices, which delay sleepiness.
When you are feeling anxious or stressed your body releases a hormone called cortisol and unfortunately this hormone amps up your hunger. Other symptoms of stress include angry outbursts, fatigue, and headaches, sleeping problems or an upset stomach. If you are feeling a little bit stressed out lately, we recommend practice Mindful Meditation to try and help you relax.
Some medications can increase your hunger levels and make you want to eat more than usual. Antihistamines and antidepressants are known for this. If you feel you have gained weight since commencing a medication then we recommend speaking with your doctor about alternative options right for you.
Diet Soft Drink
Vast majorities of people think that by drinking diet soft drink they are cutting back on calories and losing weight. However the fake sugar in these drinks tells your brain to expect calories for fuel and when it doesn’t get it, your brain signals you to now get calories from food. Drop the Coke Zero and reach for some water infused water or herbal tea.