If there is one thing that can hamper your progress when losing weight, it is hunger. Hunger is probably one of the major reasons why people gain back the weight they’ve lost during their weight-loss journey.
Hunger, per se, is not a bad thing; it is your body’s way of telling you that you need nourishment. Even though we can go for days without food, our bodies will keep on nagging us to eat.
But, even if it is a biological thing, has it ever occurred to you to think why we get hungry?
In this article, I will talk about the 4 reasons why you’re always hungry and always clamoring for food. I hope that this article will open your eyes and hopefully, it will solve your hunger issues.
Let’s get started!
- Eating Way Too Many Carbs. Carbohydrates or carbs is one of the most essential macronutrients that our body needs. And rightfully so; carbs give us the energy that we need in order for us to have energy throughout the rest of the day. But, if you eat may too many carbs during nighttime, there is a big probability that you will be feeling hungrier the next day. That is because carbs, or refined carbs at least, contain some form of sugar. When your body’s got way too many sugars, it releases a hormone called Insulin. Insulin regulates your body’s blood sugar level. That is okay as the hormone is doing its job. What’s not okay is that since your blood sugar will be affected because of Insulin, you may experience low blood sugar instead, thus, making you feel hungry. In order to avoid this, limit your carb intake especially at night and focus more on protein and fat.
- Not Drinking Enough Water. Most people mistake hunger with dehydration. Although the feelings associated with both are nearly the same, what you’re experiencing is probably just dehydration. To avoid dehydration, drink a glass or two of water. Also, do not drink too much water before meals as it can hamper your digestion.
- Watching Food Shows on TV. I am guilty of this and so are a lot of people. I usually watch food shows on TV. This may range from cooking shows or shows that showcase a lot of delectable foods. Since eating is a multi-sensory experience, just the sight of food makes us hungry. To avoid this, just ditch the shows that showcase food and watch something more interesting instead.
- You Lack Sleep. Lack of Sleep is another major contributor to your hunger. You see, when you lack sleep, you will severely reduce your body’s production of Leptin. Leptin is a hormone that’s responsible for signaling your brain that you are not hungry and that you’re still satiated. Aim to have at least 6-8 hours of sleep per day.
If you’re continuously feeling hungry, read this article. I hope that the knowledge I’ve imparted here will help you treat your hunger problems.