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Why do I always feel hungry?

Written by HeiFoo

What did you eat?

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You just couldn’t miss that doughnut at work, didn’t you? You wanted something else at the moment, but you didn’t know what. While sugary drinks, candy, and pastries taste good in the moment, they don’t provide you with sustained energy, so you’ll be hungry again soon. It is necessary to choose foods with fiber, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, healthy fats (such as salmon, nuts, avocado), and lean proteins (such as eggs, beans, grilled chicken). 

Your Stress Is Making You Fat

The first thing your body does when you are hungry is to suppress hunger with a hormone called adrenaline. When you are worried for too long, your body begins to raise cortisol levels, which is another hormone that makes you feel stressed. If this continues for too long, you may begin to crave heavy, unhealthy meals. Stress results in cortisol levels falling and your appetite normally returns to normal once the stress goes away. 

Feeling thirsty?

You may think you’re hungry when you’re actually dehydrated. In that case, maybe you should try drinking some water before you eat. Are you still hungry? That means you are probably still hungry and that you should eat. Due to the fact that you had that water, you may be less likely to overeat because you had that water.

The blood sugar spikes.

When you consume sweet or starchy carbs such as sugary pastries, doughnuts, or regular soda, you are sending a lot of sugar into the system all at once. It is due to this that your body releases the hormone insulin, allowing your cells to use it as fuel or store it for later use. In turn, this flood of sugar can cause your body to produce more insulin than you actually need. As a result, your blood sugar will be significantly lowered and your hunger will increase.

Diabetics may experience these symptoms.

These symptoms indicate that the body does not have enough energy. You may begin to feel hungry because the body thinks it needs more energy. However, the real issue is that your body does not know how to convert the food you consume into energy. There’s a medical term called polyphagia, which refers to extreme hunger and can be a symptom of diabetes. You may also lose weight, pee more, and feel more tired if you have polyphagia. You should discuss these symptoms with your doctor if any of these symptoms occur to you.

Your blood sugar is low.

If you have hypoglycemia, your doctor may call it that. You might feel tired, weak, or dizzy if you don’t have enough fuel in your blood, or glucose, and you won’t be able to perform your daily tasks. In order for this to happen, you have to have eaten within the last few hours. If you are experiencing symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you monitor your blood sugar levels and eat carbs when your blood sugar is low. In order to prevent this from happening, you may need to eat a little more, or perhaps your medication needs to be adjusted.  

When you’re pregnant

The first few weeks can be uncomfortable for some pregnant women, as they may feel queasy and unable to eat much, while others may feel like they are constantly hungry. Furthermore, they may have a craving for new foods or feel sick at the mere thought of eating the things they used to love. It’s possible that this might be the cause of your pangs, so a test kit from the pharmacy can tell you if that’s the case. The results will tell you whether your pangs are indeed due to menstruation.

You eat too quickly.

You might not give your body enough time to realize that you are full when you devour all your food in one sitting. It’s also more satisfying when you eat slowly, so you end up eating less. It can help you focus if you take smaller bites, chew well, and enjoy the meal as much as possible. If you are still hungry after 20 minutes, give it another 15 minutes. 

You didn’t like your food

so scientists actually recorded it as a number. We call it the “satiety index.” This means that for the same amount of calories, higher ranked foods are more likely to satisfy your hunger. A plate of roasted potatoes, for example, is much more filling than a plate of fries.

A Tasty Smell or Sight

As you walked by the bakery in the market, you probably noticed ads for ice cream or smelled the aroma of fresh-baked cookies. The mere thought of eating could be enough to make you want to eat, whether or not you are hungry. Be aware of these triggers and then decide what you are going to do as soon as you notice them.

Emotions control your behavior.

When someone is upset, bored, sad, or depressed, they turn to comfort food.  It’s called emotional eating. What’s your mood right before you eat? If you aren’t hungry, do something you enjoy. You may want to speak with your doctor or a counselor if you find that you often feel blue, stressed, or anxious in order to plan healthy ways of handling those emotions.

Your thyroid is overactive.

As a result, you could become tired, nervous, moody, and hungry all the time if you do it all the time. If you notice any of these symptoms, speak to your doctor right away. Generally, if you find out that you suffer from a thyroid problem, you can have it managed either by drugs or by surgery.

Taking medications

Man taking medicaation

can adversely affect the way you feel and eat. The list includes some that are prescribed to treat depression and mood disorders, along with certain antihistamines, antipsychotics, and corticosteroids. If you experience increased hunger after taking a new medication, you should talk to your doctor about it. Just don’t stop taking the medication on your own.

You don’t sleep enough

If you don’t get enough sleep, then the balance of hunger hormones (leptin and ghrelin) can be altered in a way that makes you want to consume more calories. It can also make you more likely to reach for snacks that have more calories and more fat in order to satisfy this craving.

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