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An Insatiable Appetite

Feel hungry all the time? Here are six reasons why.

​You just ate a big meal, so why do you already feel hungry? You’re having a difficult time losing weight because you’re trying to eat less while your appetite remains the same. It’s not easy staying focused, getting work done, or maintaining your energy level when you’re hungry.

​When your stomach’s growling soon after eating, there are a few explanations why and what you can do to remedy the problem. 

​Eating Refined Carbs 

​You may have felt full immediately after eating, but that feeling quickly goes away if your meal largely consisted of refined carbs. Eating a white bagel for breakfast, a sandwich on white bread for lunch, chips and cookies for snacks, and white pasta for dinner is a recipe for frequent hunger. Foods made with refined carbohydrates cause a spike in blood sugar and a surge in energy, but leave you feeling dragged out and craving more carbs when the sugar wears off. 

​Rather than filling up on foods made with simple carbs, choose complex carbs instead. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables provide longer lasting energy and more nutrition per calorie. 

​Skimping on Sleep

​A constant desire to snack may be a sign you need more sleep. A lack of sleep leads to a reduction in production of leptin, the hormone that tells you when you’re full. With less leptin, you feel hungrier than normal and crave comfort foods like the simple carbs listed above. 

​Make it your goal to get a solid seven to nine hours of sleep each night for health and wellness and appetite suppression. 

​Counting Calories Not Nutrients

​In their quest to lose weight, many people prioritize calories over nutrition. While calories matter, they’re not the whole story. You want to focus on getting the right kind of calories. Foods that are high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats fill you up, provide valuable nutrients, and supply long-lasting energy compared to foods low in nutrients, low in fat, and high in simple carbs. 

​For longer-lasting fullness, plan to eat a source of fiber and protein at each meal and snack. 

​Mistaking Hunger for Thirst

​Sometimes you may think you’re hungry, but what your body really needs is a glass full of fluids. Since the same area in the brain regulates both hunger and thirst, it’s easy to get them confused. 

​The next time you feel hungry between meals, drink a big glass of water and wait 20 minutes before deciding to eat a snack. Another weight-loss trick is to drink a glass of water before each meal to lessen the amount of calories you consume. 

​Feeling Stressed Out

​Pressure at work, relationship problems, or tight finances may be to blame for your big appetite. Short-lived stress may take away your appetite, but chronic stress has the opposite effect. The stress hormone cortisol triggers production of the hormones that make you feel hungry. 

​Practice healthy ways of managing stress to keep it under control. Exercise, meditation, and relaxation techniques are good examples. When you feel stressed out, avoid emotional eatingand take a walk instead.

​Exercising More Than Usual

​A normal but sometimes annoying result of working out is an increase in appetite. You’re trying to lose weight and burn calories, but you have to eat more calories than usual to make up for it. Strength training and building muscle increases your metabolism and your appetite. When working hard, the energy you use while exercising must be replenished.

​Feeling hungry after a good workout should be taken as a good sign, so take heart! Just make sure you replenish burned calories with nutritious food options that include protein and as always, down a glass of water 20 minutes before giving your appetite free reign.