Reasons Why You’re Constantly Hungry

Why do I always feel hungry even after eating? Do I have a tapeworm?

If you are one of those people who are never fully satisfied after eating and are always tempted to snack or over-indulge even following a big meal, here are the most likely reasons why:

Eating Too Many Carbs
When you eat lots of carbohydrates, they are absorbed quickly into the body as sugars. This spike of sugars (glucose in particular) in our blood causes a surge of insulin to be released, the hormone that stimulates our cells to take up glucose. As all the sugar is quickly removed from the blood, this triggers hunger and more carbohydrate cravings. Eating a carbohydrate-heavy meal the night before can be a reason for feeling hungry the next day, even after eating.

Feeling hungry really can be caused by something as simple as boredom. "Because I'm Bored" is one of the top reasons people give when they're asked about their emotions before they eat. When you're bored you actually lose your ability to make smart food choices; you become an "emotional eater".

Sleep Deprived
Short sleep duration has been found to reduce levels of a hormone called leptin, which inhibits hunger, and increase levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. This is one reason why poor sleep may lead to weight gain too.

You feel like you're craving something and interpret this as hunger when actually all you need is a glass or two of water.

On Your Period
A woman’s appetite and food intake increase during the second half of their menstrual cycle.

Chewing Gum
When gum is chewed, the saliva that is produced is swallowed and sent to the stomach. The body then looks for food to follow which can make you hungrier.

Skipping Breakfast
Skipping breakfast has many negative repercussions such as; slowing down your metabolism, causing you to feel hungry, and stimulating your body into storing food instead of burning it.

Research has shown that drinking alcohol can increase the presence of the hormone, ghrelin, which triggers a feeling of hunger. 

Speed Eating
When you eat quickly, the hormone your stomach sends to let your body know that you’re full doesn’t have time to trigger, preventing you from ever feeling full.

Many people turn to food as a coping mechanism, eating as a way to deal with stressful or negative emotions. Stress eating does not reduce negative emotions or anxieties, but rather triggers the need to eat more and leads to weight gain and further anxieties.

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