So Why Are You Hungry?


Woman Quenching Hunger with Glass of Water

Two hours after breakfast, you begin craving something to eat. No matter how much food you consume each morning, you always feel the need to grab a snack at the vending machine at work before your lunch break. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, a constant desire to eat might be wreaking havoc on your waistline. Therefore, determining the source of your perceived hunger is crucial. If your cravings for food are holding you back from losing weight and enjoying better health, one or more of the following, three reasons may be to blame. 

Dehydration

Many people mistakenly believe they’re hungry when they’re actually thirsty. If you don’t drink enough fluids each day, especially water, you might be consuming more calories than your body really needs. Strive to drink the recommended eight glasses of water every day. If you’re active, you likely need to consume more than eight glasses of water daily.

Insufficient Protein

Does your daily breakfast consist of a doughnut and a glass of orange juice? Perhaps, you only down a cup of black coffee each morning. In order to feel full longer and suppress your raging appetite, you need to consume a sufficient amount of protein at mealtimes. Some healthy sources of protein include:

  • Plain, Greek yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Walnuts

Stress

When you’re stressed, your body increases its production of the two hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Elevated levels of these two hormones can cause you to feel like you’re hungry when you actually aren’t. Feeling tensed also decreases your levels of serotonin, a chemical in your brain. Reduced levels of serotonin also lead you to search for food when your body doesn’t necessarily need it.

To successfully lose weight, you need to discover the source of your persistent desire for food. If you feel hungry all of the time, you might need to investigate one or more of the aforementioned, possible reasons for your predicament.

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