Why You’re Always Hungry
Do you find yourself feeling hungry all the time, even when you’ve had a meal not that long ago? This may be due to an underlying condition or certain medications, but usually it’s habitual reasons that are causing your constant hunger throughout the day.
Below I am going to outline some common reasons why you might be feeling unexpected hunger pains throughout the day.
You’re Aren’t Eating Enough Protein
Protein is the building blocks of the body. It is IMPERATIVE that we eat enough protein daily. Not only does it do most of the work in cell structure and function, protein is important for regulation and repair of our tissues and organs.
Protein helps keep you fuller for longer as it reduces the level of the hunger hormone called ghrelin. It also boosts the levels of peptide YY, a hormone that makes you feel full. Protein not only increases satiety more than carbs and fats, it has a larger thermogenesis response. Which means it costs our body more calories to digest protein than any other macronutrient. Moral of the story, not eating enough protein throughout the day can make you feel hungrier faster, so always make sure you have a protein source at your main meals.
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You’re Having Terrible Sleep
We all know the feeling of having bad sleep and craving food throughout the day to keep us going. We crave sugary, carby goodness to keep us going. This is actually due to the hormone I mentioned above called ghrelin. Bad sleep, or lack thereof, has been found to trigger levels of ghrelin and decrease levels of leptin (a hormone that promotes feelings of fullness) which leads to increased hunger and appetite. This makes us want to overeat, and it doesn't help that we are usually awake longer which gives us more opportunities to eat! We also crave carby foods to give us that energy boost.. that we all know doesn't last long!
As hard as it may be, it's important to focus on doing whatever you can do to get at least 6-8 hours of good sleep each night. This might include a screen ban a few hours before bed, bubble baths, introducing reading to your night routine, ensuring your room is a good temperature and that no light is coming in so you get a good night's sleep.
Read more: 4 Ways To Increase Your Sleep Quality
You’re Not Drinking Enough Water
I know you’re probably eye rolling at this one, but we all know we can do better with our water drinking. A great motivator to that is the fact that water can help keep you full by its appetite-reducing properties. Not only that, but dehydration is often confused with hunger. So you might not even be hungry, your body might just be calling out for water! A tip I give to my clients is try having a 250ml glass at each meal throughout the day. Say you have 6 meals a day that’s already 6 glasses of water and it doesn’t feel as overwhelming as having a 1.2L water bottle staring at you all day.
Next time you find yourself super hungry for no reason, come back to this blog to see if one of these are the reason for your daily hunger pains!