If you are currently on a diet but are finding that you are always hungry then there is probably a reason why.
Unfortunately if you are unable to control your hunger then reaching your weight loss goals will be nigh on impossible.
Read on to discover some reasons why you’re hungry all the time.
#1: You drink too much alcohol
Have you ever noticed that you tend to experience more cravings after you have had a couple of drinks on a night out? Well, this is because of the alcohol.
When alcohol is consumed your body will start to produce more ghrelin, which is more commonly known as the ‘hunger’ hormone.
You will also find that alcohol can cause a decrease in your bodies natural leptin levels.
This can cause cravings as leptin is a hormone that promotes satiety or fullness.
#2: You do not have enough good bacteria
According to research that was shown in the Journal of Bacteriology there are trillions of microbes in our stomachs and intestines that respond to what we eat.
Depending on what foods we eat, these microbes can cause hunger.
Research has suggested that in order to keep these microbes happy you should add the following foods to your diet:
- Whole grains
#3: You don’t consume enough protein
Protein can help you feel fuller for longer so consuming lean meats, fish and eggs is advisable if you find yourself struggling with hunger.
If your current diet is lacking in protein then you maybe more susceptible to random cravings for crisps, pasta and fast food.
#4: Your diet contains ‘bad’ carbs
Refined carbohydrates are ‘bad’ carbs that you can eat and eat without ever filling you up.
The reason for this is that these carbs are processed and filled with preservatives and sugars that are quickly digested by your body.
These processed carbs can negatively effect your appetite controlling hormones and can cause a spike in your insulin levels that will cause food cravings once they fall.
#5: You are always stressed
When you are stressed your body will start to produce excess cortisol, which is the ‘stress’ hormone.
Unfortunately a side effect of this excess cortisol production is cravings for food, in particular those sugary snacks that cause weight gain.
Stress can also cause plenty of other health problems including high blood pressure, heart problems and depression so you should take steps to alleviate it.
A few ways to cut stress include yoga or meditation, even a warm bath with a book or some music could help.
#6: You are taking certain medication
Unfortunately certain types of medicine can affect your appetite, for example antihistamines can have a negative effect as the chemical compound histamine has been shown to suppress the appetite.
If you have found that your appetite has increased after you have started to take a new medicine perhaps it is best that you speak to your doctor to see if there is an alternative available that wont cause this particular side effect.