Friday, April 19, 2019

Why Am I So Hungry?

Most of the time, hunger has an obvious cause, like not eating enough or choosing meals that don't contain the right amount of nutrients. Other times, hunger can be mysterious. Consider a few reasons why you may be feeling hungry and discover how to feel comfortably full.

Salt can stoke your appetite
It makes you thirsty in the short term, but over time, a high intake of salt can actually cause you to drink less and eat more. Salt triggers the body to conserve water, which it does by producing a compound called urea. This process requires a lot of calories, so it revs up your appetite. Processed food often has hidden sodium so aim to eat more fresh, whole foods.

You eat too often
When you eat small bites and don't sit down to real meals, you never feel truly hungry or truly full. Eventually, your appetite cues become muted and you're vaguely hungry all the time. Instead, try eating every four hours or so. Sit down and have a meal with protein, fiber and healthy fat three times a day. Supplement with good-for-you snacks when meals are more than four hours apart.

Glossy Images
Stop checking Instagram all day. Beautiful food pictures seduce you, increase cravings and make you want to eat. The same goes for TV commercials featuring restaurants and food.

If any of these reasons sound familiar, maybe that's the key to your hunger pangs. 
Try these tips to feel satisfied and get on with your day.  

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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