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6 Reasons Why You’re Always Hungry
It doesn’t make sense does it?
Your body tells you you’re hungry, so you eat.
You grab some food, something savoury but quick, and scoff that down to cure the hunger.
It doesn’t work.
You’re still just as hungry.
Perhaps that’s not what your body wanted?
Maybe you needed something more sweet?
In that goes, but no.
You’re still just as hungry.
So, what do you do?
You know you’re now well above the calories that your body needs
But you’re still hungry.
So you repeat that cycle…
Over and over, hoping to finally find something that makes you feel full.
It’s a vicious cycle isn’t it?
Today, I’m going to kick your brain’s butt with some truth about why this is happening and why (sorry to say it, but) IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT!
With it being such a common topic, I’ve really gone all out researching this one, but have managed to completely simplify all the technical jargon and list off the top 6 reasons.
Please note that I’m only showing you the most common ones, and that you may be experiencing persistent hunger despite not falling into any of these 6 categories.
Knowing a cause is not as easy as addressing a cause and you may find that, however obvious of a reason there may be for always being hungry, you may not be able to simply implement it without a strategic approach and a nutrition professional beside you.
If you feel you have one of these issues, please click the link at the bottom and I’ll personally help you fix this effectively and efficiently.
It seems odd to associate the feeling of thirst with the feeling of hunger, but a part of the brain called the hypothalamus can often get confused when dehydrated and can end up sending you a craving for simple carbohydrates, when really you just need water. So drink more water!
Being low in calories and having a record for satiety (keeping you feeling full) make protein an excellent method for fighting hunger. If you’re getting hungry at a specific point in the day, consider adding protein to the meal that precedes this time of hunger. Good proteins sources include chicken, eggs, fish, nut butters and quinoa.
3. Simple Carbohydrates
Although they seem to be the first thing you think of when you’re hungry, simple carbs could well be the reason you’re hungry in the first place. In general, these are quicker to eat and more readily available, meaning they’re convenient; and with the mass of sugars within, they send you into an energy spike which quickly crashes, leaving you feeling the need to find more… a quick spiral in the downward direction. Look for more complex carbs like pasta and rice to keep your sugars up without burning through them in seconds.
You may not already know this, but the reason why fats were so demonised in the past was not because consumed fat = stored fat (it doesn’t), it’s because fats are high in calories and are generally quite rich foods. But the bit that was missed when we came to this conclusion was the fact that you only feel genuine hunger when you actually need something. Natural fats (as in those that have not been heavily processed) are full of all the little good things and are generally what your body is after when it tells you that it’s hungry. Ensuring you get a good 20-35% of your calories from fats (again, the naturally occurring ones), will satisfy most hunger issues. Consider adding nuts, seeds, avocados and dairy to your meals.
5. You’re a scoffer
This is the obvious that you’ve probably been told since you were just a little one. If you eat food quickly, you don’t give you brain enough time to process what’s happened and release the necessary hormones to tell you that you’re actually full. Really you need to allow at least 15 minutes of undivided attention to just enjoying your food, but studies show that the optimal time is between 20 and 25 minutes.
As I spoke about in the post last week, stress has a huge impact on your hormones, especially those that control your hunger and energy absorption. Try allowing yourself a 5-minute chill out time when you’re stressed. It may seem like it’s taking time away from important things, but it’s actually given you more focus which will help you get things done quicker; and keep the hunger away. Here is a video Ziggy put up on how to relieve stress
There you go, the 6 things you’re doing wrong that you now know how to do right.
No more excuses.
Get to it.
And like I said, these can be mastered when you introduce professional help. If you would like guidance and knowledge on how to implement and monitor these correctly, as well as any other issues you may be facing, come in for one of our nutritional analysis sessions and we’ll sort you out a plan and some targets to aim for, here’s the link for that: