Three Things Keeping You Hungry
If you're eating plenty but constant hunger persists, don't be too quick to blame yourself for a lack of will power. There are multiple potential reasons behind your crazed appetite. Metabolic Research Center offers three possibilities to consider.
- Processed foods: Highly processed and packaged foods are notorious for spiking, then crashing your blood sugar levels. This can leave you feeling famished, even with a full stomach. Plus, high-fat and high-sugar foods can wonk up mood-regulating cerebral chemicals. This can leave you feeling depressed, and as we all know, feelings of depression can prompt emotional overeating. White breads, hot dogs, cookies, sodas and some salad dressings are among the top offenders. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and minimally processed meats instead.
- An underlying medical condition: One of the top causes of constant hunger and weight gain is hyperthyroidism, a condition that causes your thyroid gland to produce too much of the thyroid hormone. Hypoglycemia (low blood-sugar levels), pre-diabetes and diabetes (elevated blood-sugar levels) also are big appetite drivers.
- A fast metabolism: If you're hungry, this is the best reason. Whether it comes naturally or is a result of your healthy, active lifestyle, a faster your metabolism demands more food to fuel your body. Yet, it means you'll burn more calories than those with slower metabolisms - some 100 to 400 extra calories per day, research shows.Of course, a fast metabolism isn't a free ticket to the all-you-can-eat buffet. You still must make healthy food choices or your weight loss efforts will suffer.
Is constant hunger is keeping you from successfully meeting your weight loss goals? Call 800-501-8090 to talk with a weight loss specialist at your nearest Metabolic Research Center. We'll develop a nutrition and exercise plan tailored just for you and help keep you on track throughout your weight loss journey.
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