Always Looking for Something to Eat? Well, you’re not the only one!

Physiologically, you feel hungry when your stomach is empty and your body tells you that it needs more food. Hunger can make you irritable, dizzy, and even angry. But hunger is not always physiological, sometimes it’s also an indication of emotional imbalance. Food becomes comfort, a retreat, a distraction, depending on how happy or sad you’re feeling. However, there’s just one problem, eating out of proportion can make you gain weight.

What Is Hunger?

As you’ve learned that hunger doesn’t always imply that your body needs food. Hunger can be of two types, physiological or psychological, or sometimes, even a combination of both. But you can’t always recognize one type from another.

Physiological Hunger: When you eat food or drink a liquid, it makes your stomach expand. This stretching trigger a release of a certain hunger hormone known as Leptin. Leptin sends signals to your body that you’re full and hence, you stop eating.

On the other hand, when your stomach contracts because of being empty, another hormone is released known as ghrelin. Ghrelin sends signals to your body that you’re hungry and you need to eat.

Psychological Hunger: This type of hunger doesn’t come from a lack of nutrition. It occurs when you’re feeling sad, depressed, stressed out, or even happy. In this type of hunger, you only have cravings for certain kinds of foods such as sweet, savory, or crunchy.

Why You’re Always Hungry?

If you’re always looking for an excuse to eat something, there’s a reason. To help you find out which one is causing your hunger pangs, we’ve listed the most probable ones below. Keep on reading to learn more:

Emotional Imbalance: If you’re always in search of sugary, salty, and fried foods, it means you’re not hungry. You’re turning to food to seek comfort out of anxiety, stress, and sadness. The worst part is, when you eat such foods, your brain releases feel-good hormones and you continue to dwell on the same eating habits.

But here’s your cue, these cravings are not hunger, so you should work on managing your stress and anxiety, drink a glass of water and wait for these cravings to subside, and most importantly, engage in some activity to forget you were feeling hungry in the first place.

Meal Imbalance:

If your meals are not comprised of protein, fats, and complex carbs, you’re more likely to digest them quickly and feel hungry again.

Proteins take more time to digest, whereas fats keep you full for longer, so make sure you’re not eating refined carbs as they can trigger hunger too.

Another tip to feel satiated, include raw vegetables and leafy greens in your meals. Minerals, vitamins, and high-fiber content in these veggies will also help lower your hunger.

Lack Of Sleep:

Sleep is linked to all our body functions, especially hunger. When we are sleep-deprived, our bodies start making more ghrelin, in an attempt to make up for the lack of sleep.

Dehydration:

Sometimes, you feel hungry but actually, you just need to drink more water. Water keeps you full for longer and also curbs your appetite. It’s best to drink a glass of water or two when you feel hungry and wait for a few minutes to see what happens. Most probably, you won’t be feeling hungry anymore!

If you are a victim of uncontrollable hunger and have tried everything to keep it under control but still couldn’t succeed, bariatric surgery might help.

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