Do you find that you are always hungry, and are never satisfied, even after a big meal? There could be a reason why.
Unfortunately if you overeat too often then weight gain can become an issue, which will inevitably lead to you developing potentially dangerous health conditions.
Read on to discover some reasons why you overeat.
#1: You eat in front of the TV
If you eat in front of the TV then you are more likely to overeat.
Research has shown that you are likely to become distracted by the images on-screen so will overeat without even noticing.
I would suggest that you switch off all distractions when you eat, preferably sit by a table and concentrate on the food in front of you.
#2: You have ‘visual hunger’
In the past as hunter gatherers we would often go days without food, so we would often spend a lot of time looking and foraging for food.
Nowadays, food is more plentiful for most of us, but these thoughts are still there after thousands of years of evolution.
#3: You eat too fast
Do you eat your food fast? If so then you are likely to be overeating.
This is because it takes around 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal from your stomach that it is full. During which time you may already have consumed more than you should.
I would suggest that you slow down a little and think more about your food.
Take time to chew thoroughly and you will automatically slow down the rate you eat, and subsequently help cut overeating.
#4: You may have diabetes
If you have uncontrolled diabetes then your blood glucose levels could remain abnormally high (hyperglycaemic).
When this occurs the glucose from the blood cannot enter your cells, which basically means that your body cannot convert the food consumed into energy.
This can lead to an increase in hunger.
#5: You are depressed
Many of us will suffer from emotional eating, whereby we will use food as a crutch whenever we are feeling emotional about something.
Often these food cravings will be for something sweet, which means that the food will likely be full of sugar that will not be good for your waistline.
Succumbing to these cravings will only make you feel better short-term, as you will likely feel guilty or ashamed at having given into the cravings, resulting in even more emotional eating.
#6: You are thirsty
Sometimes you will feel hungry, but the truth is that you are instead thirsty.
I suggest that the next time you feel cravings for food that you take a minute and have a drink of water. If the cravings subside then you know that you were thirsty instead.
#7: You are addicted to junk food
Junk food can be addictive and this is because its high fat, salt and sugar content can damage the pleasure centres of your brain.
This is a similar process as what occurs with recreational drugs, with research suggesting that those who eat junk food regularly can become dependent on it.
#8: Your diet is too strict
If you are trying to lose weight then you maybe on a strict diet plan that does not allow certain types of food.
Unfortunately if a certain food is ‘forbidden’ then you are more likely to crave it.
My suggestion would be to not deny yourself any foods, even the ones you know are unhealthy.
However, you must use a little moderation when you do allow yourself to eat them. Otherwise you are never going to reach your weight loss goals.
#9: You are on medication
Certain types of medication can cause an increase in your appetite, which can lead to weight gain.
If this is the case with you then I suggest speaking to your doctor to see if there is an alternative that wont cause this side effect to occur.
#10: You have a parasite
This is probably unlikely, but it has happened to a few unlucky people in the past.
Tapeworms for instance can grow as long as 30ft and can live inside your gut, where they will consume your food, leaving you hungry.
It is extremely rare to contract tapeworms in the developed world, but can be contracted from undercooked meat or dirty water.
You will need to speak to a doctor if you are concerned about this, as they can be treated with medication.