10 Jul Why Am I Always Hungry? The Dreaded Question We Sometimes Face
Science has told us repeatedly that we do things, or eat/drink things, that make us hungrier. Do we ever listen? No. Why don’t we ever listen? We’re stubborn. Will we ever listen? Maybe after reading this article. Okay, I think you get the question/answer game by now.
Seriously, though. We need to start listening and understanding these things (for lack of a better, casual term). We need to put up our metaphorical fists of hunger and fight the urge to eat all the time. In order to do that, we must know how to stop it.
And I know you know what I’m here to do: Help you out! Follow my advice and you won’t be getting hungry for a snack every so often.
Stop drinking so much soda.
Ever heard of high-fructose corn syrup? Well, this lovely (or not-so-lovely, however you look at it) product is in drinks like soda, iced teas, and other beverages that are filled with sweetie goodness. Don’t underestimate this syrup though, as it can drastically lower your ability to have a full tummy (yes, I said tummy).
Anyways, consuming such syrup with high levels of fructose in it actually blocks our brains ability to respond to a hormone known as leptin. Leptin, also known as the hormone that tells us when we’re full, is therefore lessened in the body, creating a reverse affect; We aren’t full any longer when we consume the syrupy product!
Put that soda down; If you really like the carbonated beverage, grab yourself a seltzer water.
Stop eating foods that come out of a can.
A lot of food that comes out of a can generally contains the chemical known as bisphenol-A, or BPA. According to the FDA, consuming low levels of BPA is safe, but consuming high levels of BPA is not so safe; Therefore, exit canned foods, enter healthier foods.
In addition to soda and other sweetened beverages, canned foods also decrease the levels of leptin in your body. In other words, eating food that comes out of a can once again create a reverse affect, allowing you to be hungrier more often.
To put it in the simplest terms I can, I’ll just tell you to stop eating canned goods. Why? Because they’ll make you crave more and in turn promote weight gain.
Start eating a bigger breakfast.
Saying breakfast is the most important meal of the day is not a cliché, it’s actually the truth. And I can assure you that drinking one cup of coffee for your breakfast won’t do the trick.
Recent studies have actually shown that the less calories you eat in the morning, the hungrier you’ll be throughout the day. In fact, the study went as far as to say that those who ate meals worth 250 calories for breakfast gained almost double the amount of weight versus those that ate 500 calories for breakfast.
To scientifically back these results up, medical professionals claimed that eating a bigger breakfast actually stops your blood sugar from rising throughout the day, meaning you have less hunger cravings throughout the day.
Want a tip? Add some meat to your breakfast and you’ll be better off.
Eat more salad (if you eat salad).
Leafy greens that are often found in salads are high in the vitamin K. And, vitamin K helps regulate insulin, which in turn helps regulate cravings.
Want another tip? Eat approximately one cup of kale or spinach per day and you’ll be on your way to eating the right amount of salad to settle those cravings.
Drink more tea.
According to another medical study, tea helps out with hunger cravings. As a matter of fact, drinking one cup of black tea right after consuming a meal high in carbohydrates can actually decrease your blood sugar levels by approximately 10 percent. This means your tummy stays full for a longer period of time.
Drink more water.
Being dehydrated fuels your need for food, which obviously fuels your need for cravings. Allow me to explain to you in scientific terms: When you’re dehydrated, your hypothalamus, located in your brain, sends a signal to your body. Your hypothalamus is the center of control for your hunger and thirst levels, which in turn makes this whole process a tad confusing. Allow me to explain further.
The hypothalamus sends you mixed signals when you’re dehydrated. This, in turn, allows you to think that you’re really hungry, when you’re really not.
So, if you’re still hungry even though you just ate a really big meal, grab a glass of water. I’m pretty sure your craving will fade away in a few minutes.
You may be bored.
Believe it or not, being bored can seriously encourage your cravings, and can seriously lead to major weight gain. In fact, many people overeat when they’re bored.
Want yet another tip? Picture a nice, juicy steak right in front of you. If you really, really want that steak, go order it. If you don’t, you probably just need a distraction.
Stop drinking alcohol so much.
Everyone obviously knows that alcohol can really contribute to weight gain. However, alcohol does some other not-so-good things, too. For instance, alcohol feeds you calories while also feeding you no nutritional value. In addition, it can also convince you that you’re hungry, when in reality, you really aren’t.
Try not to stress out as much.
Stress eating is real, and it’s serious. Chances are, if you were really stressed out at work today, you’re probably going to go home and eat a lot. For example, when you’re stressed out, your brain is automatically triggered to release the hormone cortisol. Once that’s released, your body will start to crave delicious, sugary treats. It may even tempt you to go hand first into a bag of salty, crispy potato chips.
Tip? Try to reduce your anxiety and always carry healthy snacks on you instead of sugary or salty ones.
I hope you liked my advice as always!
By Jenny Lyn