Do you feel hungry most of the time? Here are 5 possible reasons
Food is the major requirement for our body and it is natural to feel hungry. However, just like lack of hunger, an increased appetite is equally disturbing. If you feel hungry even after eating a decent amount of food, then it is important to look into the reasons behind the same. It may be indicative of an underlying health issue or a hint to change your lifestyle or diet plan. In this blog we are going to explain some of the major reasons of an increase appetite and the practical solutions to get rid of the same:
Lack of sleep
One of the main reasons of an always-on hunger is sleep deficiency. According to the latest research the lack of sleep lowers down the levels of leptin- a hormone that checks hunger.
Additionally inadequate sleep is also associated with accelerating levels of ghrelin that boosts hunger. That’s why insufficient sleep significantly increases you appetite levels.
At times, our brain may mistake the need of water as hunger pangs. It may generally happen a short while after your meals and instead of drinking water you start munching snacks or other packaged food.
It not only compels you to overeat but also prevent you from dehydrating your body. So, if you often found yourself craving for snacks a few minutes after you main meals, then form a habit of drinking a glass or two of water at that time instead. Just try training your mind to drink water whenever you start craving for a snacks after meals.
Rich dinner at night with high volume of carbohydrates
Easting a high amount of carbs inflates the sugar levels (especially glucose) of our blood that results in high release of insulin. It prompts our body cells to demand higher amount of glucose. Eventually, it assists in triggering craving for carbohydrate and prompts hunger. This is one of the reasons behind your midnight food craving even after eating a heavy dinner at the night.
Replace refined carbohydrates with unrefined carbs and always balance such food with some protein. It slows down the digestion process which allows you to feel filled. It will also help keeping the blood sugar levels at optimum m levels by preventing the insulin spikes.
Any stressful event makes your cortisol level high thus eventually increasing the hunger. In fact the body generally interprets stressful situation as energy expenditure- something which needs to be replenished. It makes a person feel hungry and consume heavy foods containing fats and carbs.
While it is not a bad idea to consume some food after such stress, you need to make sure that you actually spend those extra calories immediately otherwise the fats will get accumulated in your liver
Lack of specific meal timetable
Another major reason for hunger surge is not having a determined time table of your meals. It aids your mind to trick your body in thinking that it is hungry- even when it is not. Prepare a specific timetable and a particular portion of food for all your meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will help to keep a check on your appetite and building a clear division between real hunger and cravings.
Give a sufficient gap- at least 3 hours between each meal. Also have a fixed time of dinner- the last meal of your day. It is fine to satisfy a few light snack cravings in between but avoid going overboard. Gradually your body will get used to this meal plan and it will help in balancing your appetite to the appropriate levels.
Avoid starving yourself while following this timetable as it can make your body crave for sugars. You can divide the full portions of your meals into smaller portions and consume each one after some gap. Also keep in mind that the quantity of food should decrease as you move ahead from breakfast through dinner.
An increased appetite is not a healthy sign. You need to find the reason behind the same. In most of the cases the general reasons include wrong meal schedule or lack of right foods. Sometimes the mental issues like worry or depression may also cause an increase in appetite. Instead of ignoring this issue, it is advisable to look into the matter and find the ideal solution while the issue is still in the manageable phase.