Was It Something You Ate?
The tasting of sugar feels good for the moment. You are looking for that boost so you go for the sugary treat. Research shows that it is just a temporary fix lasting sometimes merely moments and you are hungry again. Science has found that more lasting energy and a better choice is foods with fiber. Things like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, nuts, and avocado, a hard-boiled egg, or some grilled chicken can be better choices for energy boosts. Pass on that doughnut and it will curve your hunger to eat the suggested items.
Maybe You Are Stressed-Out
There are two hormones that click in during times of stress- adrenaline and Cortisol. Cortisol is a primary stress hormone, it increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose. It increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. On the other hand, Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and boosts energy supplies. If it stays around for a while Adrenaline makes the body’s system crank up Cortisol causing you to want to eat everything in sight and as things calm down Cortisol levels fall, and your system goes back to normal.
Maybe You Are Just Thirsty?
Dehydration can sometimes make you feel you need to eat. So drinking water regularly can curb hunger pangs. Many weight-loss experts recommend drinking one-half of your body’s weight to lose weight! Keeping your body hydrated may make you less likely to over-eat.
You “Spike” Your Blood Sugar
Sending a lot of sugar into the body quickly by eating a lot of carbs (pastries, donuts, regular sodas) spikes the sugars into your bloodstream. What happens is that your body says, “release massive insulin!” This causes the body’s insulin to lower that surge of sugar more than needed and you feel hungry.
Could Mean You May Have Diabetes
Diabetes means your body has an energy problem and your body may think it needs more energy fuel, thus you feel hungry. The real problem with diabetes is that your body has problems changing food into fuel. Diabetes can cause a feeling of extreme hunger, which doctors call Polyphagia. However, if you are losing weight, peeing more, and feeling more tired, you should schedule a doctor’s visit and discuss these symptoms with your doctor.
You Could Have Low Blood Sugar
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, triggers the body to think there’s not enough fuel available, that there is not enough glucose in your blood. It makes you feel weak, tired, or maybe dizzy. Maybe it is time to eat. Carbs have been found to correct these symptoms. Doctors sometimes prescribe medication to correct these symptoms.
If You Are Pregnant
Pregnancy can trigger morning sickness during the first few weeks, or it can make you feel like you are hungry all the time. New food can be craving, or a feeling of queasiness can plague the mother-to-be.
You Eat Too Fast
Eating a meal too quickly may not give the body time enough to know you have a satisfactory amount of food in the stomach. You may feel stuffed when finished with eating too fast and you may eat more food. Eat slowly. Some recommend setting the eating utensil down between bites. This automatically slows down your eating pace. Or you may just take smaller bites and chew the bite well, enjoy the taste and texture of the food you are eating. Drink plenty of water during the meal. This will make you feel satisfied with a lot less food.
You Saw or Smelled Something Tasty
Watching the food ads around dinner time or after may trigger a sense of hunger. They make you want to eat more, whether your body is hungry or not. Try to notice when this is happening and decide what it is you want to do-or just change the channel. 😊
You Are in Charge of Your Emotions
Many have detected their own emotional eating. Comfort foods soothe the upset mood. This can be dangerous to those trying to control the feelings of being hungry all the time. If you find this happening too often, talk with your doctor or a counselor to plan ways to handle these emotional times.
You Have an Overactive Thyroid
If you are feeling tired, moody nervous, and hungry all the time, it could be your thyroid. If this is happening to you, talk to your doctor about these symptoms. Thyroid problems can be controlled.
You Take Medication
Medications may affect your appetite. If you are being treated for depression, mood disorders, or taking Antihistamines, antipsychotics, or corticosteroids, you may feel hungrier. Talk to your doctor about this if it is affecting you.
You Do Not Get Enough Sleep
Sleeping produces leptin and ghrelin which are hunger hormones. A lack of sleep may decrease their production and make you want to eat more. If you find yourself reaching for a snack more often to get more calories and more fat, it is likely you are depriving yourself of a satisfactory amount of sleep. Most adults need 7-8 hours of restful sleep and children may need as much as 8-10 hours.