Being hungry all the time is not normal, but it doesn’t mean that there’s something seriously wrong with you.
Some people get hungry easily, even if they eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
There are a million reasons why this could be happening, be that due to a new way of eating, a diet that lack carbs and proteins or some other health issue. If you’re one of these people and consider yourself healthy in most other aspects, there’s no need to panic. You’re likely stressed out, not sleeping well or have been eating the wrong things for the past few weeks.
Men’s Health spoke with experts and compiled a list of some of the most common reasons why people spend their days hungry. Here are five things of our favorites:
You’re not sleeping enough
Sleep is super important. Aside from the fact that it feels great, sleep is the best and only way of giving your body some rest and of regulating some important hormones, like those that regulate your hunger. A 2016 report by the American Heart Association found that the hormone Gherlin, the one that regulates hunger, is decreased when sleep is disrupted.
You’re drinking too much alcohol or soda
Sodas and alcohol, aside from packing tons of calories, alter your system. The former contains a lot of corn syrup and fructose. This compound, when consumed, blocks your brain’s ability to determine when you’re full, tricking you into eating more when you don’t need to. Alcohol also tricks your brain into thinking you’re hungry, with a 2017 study finding a link between alcohol consumption and specific brain neurons that cause a desire to eat. Think of alcohol as the liquid munchies.
You’re breakfast isn’t filling enough
People put an emphasis on breakfast for a reason. The first meal of the day can predict how you’ll eat for the remainder of it. Different studies have proved that having savory foods in the morning increases the odds of eating healthy through the day and that people who ate less than 300 calories for breakfast gained more weight than those who consumed 500 calories or more. Listen to your grandma and have a balanced breakfast in the morning.
You’re not eating your veggies
Leafy greens (some of the most maligned foods ever) provide vitamin K, a nutrient that helps regulate your insulin and control your cravings. People should consume around 120 micrograms of vitamin K daily, which can be obtained from a simple cup of kale.
Have you ever noticed that when you have nothing to do you always end up checking what’s inside your fridge? According to a 2015 study, boredom is a huge contributor to weight gain, causing people to overeat simply because there’s nothing better you can do.