Why Am I So Hungry?

And How Can I Stop Over Eating?

If you’re having a hard time controlling your hunger, if you binge eat on junk food and can’t maintain a healthy weight, you’re not alone. The good news is that there might be some reasons why this is happening that have simple fixes.

  1. Drink water, you might just be dehydrated Drinking a large glass of water may quench your thirst as well as your appetite. Additionally, drink a large glass of water before every meal.  Try consuming 1 and a half liters of water each day to satisfy hunger. It will reduce your appetite as well as help you lose weight. If you get sick of water, try having a cup of low-calorie soup or broth before each meal.
  2.  You might be overeating and feeling constantly hungry because you’re eating the wrong types of foods. Natural appetite suppressants include foods that are high in protein, fats and carbohydrates. Foods like lean meats, eggs, soy products, beans and peas, avocados, Greek yogurt, nuts and seeds will leave you feeling fuller for a longer amount of time.
  3. Eating more high-fiber foods will slow down your digestion and keep you feeling full throughout the day. Research has also shown that people who eat a high fiber diet are less likely to be obese or suffer from heart disease. Healthful high-fiber foods include whole grains, apples, almonds, vegetables, beans, chia seeds and avocados.
  4. Try switching from sugar to honey and add spices to your meals such as cayenne pepper and ginger. Honey, cayenne and ginger work to suppress hunger.
  5. Did you know exercise is a natural appetite suppressor? Next time you’re feeling hungry when you shouldn’t be, take a walk and see if it helps. When you exercise your body gives off hormones that suppress your appetite. The higher the intensity, the better the results.
  6. Switching to dark chocolate may also suppress your appetite. A study showed that those who had a small portion of dark chocolate before a meal, ate less of their meal.
  7. Not getting enough sleep as well as stress can lead to overeating and a feeling of hunger. Try to manage your stress and get more sleep if this applies to you.
  8. Eating food low in calories and high in bulk can reduce hunger and help you avoid binge eating. You should never have to go hungry when dieting so fill a plate with raw vegetables and eat until you’re full.  
  9. Your medications might be making you hungry. Anti-depressants have been linked to increased appetite so be sure to speak with your doctor if you are experiencing weight after being prescribed a new medication. Your doctor may be able to switch you to a different drug that doesn’t have appetite-stimulating results.

Stock up on lean meats, beans, fruits, nuts and vegetables and get that appetite under control.

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