Some days it doesn’t seem to matter what you eat - you’re always hungry and it never ends. What causes this insatiable hunger? There are actually quite a few things it could be. Let’s get into some reasons why:
• Not enough fiber - Fiber takes longer to digest and will help you feel fuller for longer than low-fiber foods.
• Not enough protein - Protein has hunger-reducing properties and increases the production of hormones that signal fullness and reducing the levels of hormones that stimulate hunger.
• Lack of sleep - Sleeping enough helps regulate an appetite-stimulating hormone called ghrelin. Lack of sleep leads to higher ghrelin levels, which makes you feel hungrier.
• Diet is low in fat - Fat takes a while to digest and increases the hormones that help you feel full.
• Lots of refined carbs - Refined carbs include white flour used in pasta and white bread. They’ve been stripped of most of their fiber and vitamins and are processed by your body quickly. Additionally, they cause blood sugar spikes and crashes that then send a signal for you to eat something else to help even out blood sugar.
• Drinking your calories - If most of your calories come from things like smoothies and meal-replacement shakes, you’re more likely to be hungry often because your body can process liquids faster than solid foods.
• Not drinking enough water - Feelings of thirst are sometimes mistaken as hunger. Next time you feel hungry but don’t think you should be, drink a glass or two of water and see how you feel in a bit.