Three Things Driving Your Appetite
You're eating plenty, but you're still constantly hungry - and it's putting a real damper on your weight loss effort. What's going on? Metabolic Research Center offers three suggestions as to what may be behind your raging appetite.
- A medical condition: One of the top causes of constant hunger and weight gain is hyperthyroidism. It's an overactive gland that pumps out too much of the thyroid hormone. Luckily, it's easily treatable. Other medical conditions that may be to blame are hypoglycemia, which involves perpetually low blood-sugar levels, as well as pre-diabetes and diabetes, involving elevated blood-sugar levels.
- All those processed foods: Highly processed and packaged foodsare notorious for causing your blood sugar to pike, then crash, leaving you feeling hungry even on a full stomach. Plus, foods that are high in fat or sugar can wonk up mood-regulating cerebral chemicals. This can leave you feeling depressed - a top driver of emotional overeating. White breads, hot dogs, cookies, sodas and some salad dressings are among the worst culprits.
- A fast metabolism: This is the best reason to be hungry, whether it comes naturally or is a result of your healthy, active lifestyle. The faster your metabolism, the more food your body needs. This means you can eat more while still burning calories - an average of 100 to 400 extra calories per day, research shows. Just make sure you keep it healthy, as making the wrong food choices can hamper your weight loss efforts even with a naturally fast metabolism.
If constant hunger is keeping you from successfully meeting your weight loss goals, contact 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. Call 800-501-8090 to find the location nearest you.
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