Why You're Always Hungry - And What To Do About It

Why You Are Hungry

Losing weight can be tough to begin with. But it's truly tough when it seems you're always hungry. Metabolic Research Center offers a few explanations as to why you constantly feel the urge to splurge at the breakfast/lunch/dinner table and what you can do about it.

  • You skip breakfast: Research shows that people who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be obese, likely because it slows down your metabolism, makes you hungry, switches your body into fat-storage mode, and ups the odds that you'll overdo it at your next meal. Eat a healthy, high-protein meal every morning to help stave off hunger throughout the day.
  • You watch too much TV: A study by the US Department of Agriculture reveals that those who watch TV for more than two hours a day are more likely to be overweight. Not only does it make you less apt to exercise, but all those snack-pushing commercials prove all too convincing, prompting you to overindulge in high-calorie foods and sugary drinks. 
  • You’re burned out at work: A study of 230 women revealed that those who reported feeling burned out or dissatisfied at work also were more likely to report emotional or uncontrolled eating compared to those who were happy with their jobs.
  • You drink too much: Alcohol intake increases levels of ghrelin, a hormone that makes you feel hungry. So, downing a glass too many boosts the chances you'll overdo it at dinner.
  • You slack on sleep: A study by the University of Chicago showed that participants on average ate 221 more calories from snack foods the day after getting 5.5 hours of sleep compared to when they got a solid 8.5 hours of rest.That's because sleep deprivation lowers levels of the fullness hormone leptin while increasing levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin.

If you battle constant hunger, Metabolic Research Center can help. Our weight loss specialists can help develop a customized nutrition and exercise plan that will keep you feeling satisfied so you can drop those extra pounds and keep them off.




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