We all need to eat every day. This is how we receive nutrients and energy. But if you've been hungrier than usual, you might wonder what's going on with your body. If you're always hungry you're probably eating more, which can add pounds to the scale. However, if you can pinpoint why you're always hungry, you can make adjustments to keep your weight under control.
1. You Aren't Drinking Enough
Some people confuse thirst and hunger, and they're more likely to reach for food when they actually need something to drink. If you've recently eaten but you still feel hungry, sip on water for a few minutes to see if you feel better. Hunger feelings might disappear after quenching your thirst. Keep a bottle of water near you all day. It'll help you feel full longer and reduce how much you eat throughout the day.
2. You're Not Sleeping Enough
It might come as a surprise, but there's a link between not getting enough sleep and feeling hungry. Not just because we burn extra calories the longer we're awake, but also because too little sleep increases the production of a hormone that stimulates appetite. According to research, sleep deprivation can result in consuming 300 to 500 more calories a day. On the high-end, this can increase your weight by 1 pound a week. To reduce hunger, make sure you're sleeping at least 7 to 9 hours a night.
3. Eating Too Many Simple Carbs
Simple carbs like cakes, cookies, white flour and other sugary foods can cause your blood sugar to spike and you might develop a craving for these foods. If unable to control these cravings, you might consume too many calories a day, which can add extra pounds. Carbohydrates aren't the devil, but you need to choose your carbs carefully. Choose healthier carbs, such as whole-grain breads and pastas, nuts, and fruits. These are full of fiber to help you feel full longer, plus they're healthier than simple carbs.
4. Your Meals Are Too Far Apart
Some people only eat three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since your body constantly burns calories throughout the day, you might feel more hungry if your meals are spaced too far apart. Rather than eat three big meals and nothing in between, eat 5 to 6 smaller meals a day to make sure you're keeping your blood sugar regulated.
5. You're Drinking Alcohol
Who doesn't enjoy kicking back with a glass of wine after a hard day? But if you drink too much alcohol, it can cause dehydration. As mentioned earlier, dehydration and feeling thirsty can be confused for hunger. So if you're going to be drinking alcohol, make sure you order a glass of water to go along with your cocktail.
6. You Have an Active Schedule
Even if you're eating enough throughout the day, you might be hungry if you have a very active schedule. Some people sit at a desk all day and they don't burn a lot of calories. But if your job involves a lot of moving around, you may need to consume more calories to maintain your energy level.
7. You're Taking a Medication That Increases Appetite
If you're feeling more hungry than usual, check the side effects for the medications you're taking. Some medications like prescription steroids and anti-depressants can increase appetite. Drinking more water and eating healthier snacks helps suppress hunger. If you're unable to deal with hunger, ask your doctor about an alternative drug with fewer side effects.
When you're always hungry, you might reach for the nearest snack or food. But this isn't healthy or advisable. Try and understand why you're hungry and make the necessary adjustments to control cravings. How do you control hunger?