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Our bodies are designed to make us feel hungry because we need food to live. The problem with modern life is that we are able to access food round the clock, and many times we are eating when we’re not actually hungry.

There are certain activities that can increase your appetite

If you’re eating properly, you really should not feel like your “starving” all the time. These activities and conditions, however, can cause you to feel the need to eat more than usual:

  • A rigorous workout

  • Hormone fluctuations

  • Pregnancy

  • Breastfeeding

  • Diabetes

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Certain medications

It’s difficult to constantly resist an overwhelming sense of hunger

There may be some adjustments you can make in your daily habits that could help you feel less hungry. Take our Hunger Quiz and see if you are the cause of your giant appetite. Then learn what you can do to make sure you eat only when you’re truly hungry.

  1. Are you eating frequently enough?

Spacing meals too far apart can make you constantly hungry. When your stomach is empty for too long, the body releases ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone, which can cause you to feel famished. Over time, this leads to overeating and the associated weight gain. Try to eat about every three to four hours.

  1. Do you eat nutritiously?

Foods that make your feel “satisfied” contain:

  • Fiber

  • Protein

  • A bit of healthy fat

These ingredients help slow digestion, which keeps blood sugar stable and keeps you feeling full for longer.

  1. Are you eating too many simple carbs and sugars?

Foods such as white bread, pasta, bagels and those that contain a lot of sugar don’t leave you feeling full. At first, glucose will rise and create a burst of energy, but it crashes rapidly, which causes your body to crave more.

  1. Are you dehydrated?

The same part of the brain signals both thirst and hunger so sometimes we can’t tell whether we need food or just more water.

Learn more reasons you could be feeling constantly hungry, and discover how to get control over your appetite. Call for an appointment today: (256) 489-5748.

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