Whether you are on a diet or not, do you always find yourself hungry or rather hangry (hunger+angry)? Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that you need more food. And there are several reasons why your body wants more food.
This article discusses 5 major reasons why we are always hungry:
- You Eat a Lot of Refined Carbs and Not Enough Proteins
Ever wondered why you often get back to another snacking item even after having a packet full of wafers? All your snacking and mid meals like pastas, pizzas, chips, even the so-called diet namkeens and all sugary drinks are quick fixes to your hunger but they actually don’t keep you full for long enough.
Shubri Tip: Replace this with more protein and less carbs. Protein controls your appetite by regulating your hunger hormones. Start cooking to develop an interest in real food. Read more on ‘Why Cooking With Your Family Is a Great Idea’.
- Not Sleeping Enough
Not getting a good night’s sleep or simply not resting enough can be devastating for your body for it will send you wrong signals of feeling hungry! When you don’t sleep enough levels of leptin drop which in turn increases your appetite.
Shubri Tip: A good deep sleep of 8-9 hours is essential for an adult. This would help you crave lesser for food and you would also feel fresh and motivated to exercise more!
- Getting Confused with Thirst
Keeping yourself well hydrated is vital for a healthy body. We all know that we must drink at least 2 litres of water a day. In a recent study it was found that people who drank two cups of water before a meal ate 600 fewer calories than the people who didn’t. Having thirst quenchers like water, juices or soups can curb your hunger and help you shed off those stubborn extra pounds you have been thinking of!
Shubri Tip: Sip as much water and eat water rich foods like fruits and vegetables.
- You Are Stressed Out
Yes, excess stress will increase your appetite. When stressed, a hormone called ‘cortisol’ gets released, which in turn increases your food cravings and hunger.
Shubri Tip: Since we can’t control our stress a lot of times, so instead of giving in to unhealthy food choose those food products that have calming effects. Read more on such foods on 5 food items that can release your stress levels.
- You Eat While Distracted
Any kind of distraction like watching television, being on your mobile, driving or even talking can have adverse effects on your appetite. As it is rightly said ‘Eat with Your Eyes First’. The meals should always be eaten together without any gadget around. The texture, colour, the cracking sound of the food plays a vital role in satiating our hunger.
Shubri Tip: Turn off all the gadgets and treat meal times as a family time. Your body will soon recognise when you are hungry and when its time to stop.
Next time you have a hunger pang, do ask yourself this question “Am I really hungry?”
– Ruchika Goyal