It’s been 30 minutes since your last meal and your back in your refrigerator looking for something to eat. Why are you so hungry? Your stomach feels empty and you are unsure as to why.
If you have a fast metabolism, your body requires more food, resulting in increased hunger. If you are dehydrated, your brain might be confusing thirst for hunger and if you’re not getting enough sleep, it is likely your appetite will spike.
Excess food consumption or overeating can result in weight gain, which may then lead to obesity. This can become a serious health hazard; individuals who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Avoid these health hazards by simply educating yourself on the reasons why you’re always hungry. Then take the necessary steps to change your lifestyle habits.
Here are 5 Reasons You’re Always Hungry.
1. You may actually just be thirsty- (*Related: 5 Ways Dehydration Harms Your Body) It is common for people to confuse thirst for hunger. According to livestrong.com, the same part of your brain is responsible for interpreting both thirst and hunger signals, this can result in mixed signals. Next time you think you are hungry, try drinking a glass of water, wait about 15 minutes and see if you feel satisfied.
2. When your stressed, you eat- Have you been undergoing a great deal of stress? This could be why you always feel like you’re hungry. Stress eating has been shown to cause overeating; this may be because some foods such as sugar or other “comfort foods,” actually have the ability to make us feel better. Tip: Analyze the stress in your life, try meditation to relieve stress and write in a journal to keep track of the foods you consume.
3. You eat too fast- It takes about 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send out signals of fullness, according to WebMD. Eating too fast doesn’t give your brain enough time to process. Take it easy and slow down; eating slowly gives your brain enough time to trigger the signal from your brain that you are full.
4. You’re not sleeping enough- Lack of sleep is associated with increased hunger and appetite. WebMD explains, “According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours.”
5. You drink alcohol often- Have you ever noticed that your hunger and cravings spike when you drink alcohol? This could be because alcohol affects our blood sugar (glucose). It sensitizes the brains response to food aromas and increases the food intake in women, according to a study.