Hangry? You’re not alone. The struggle of feeling like your appetite’s always one step ahead of you is so real — even if your hunger isn’t. Feelings like boredom and stress can contribute to a desire to nosh on everything in sight, and there are plenty of other totally valid reasons you could be feeling extra hungry, as well:
1. You are loading up on refined carbohydrates
These foods raise the blood glucose very quickly. They are digested sooner, which causes insulin to respond to the glucose high, resulting in the lowering of blood sugar and earlier onset of hunger.
2. You are missing out on essential nutrients
There are three nutrients that help with feeling full: protein, fat, and fiber. They take longer to digest and therefore, we do not feel hungry in an hour. You should strive to get at least one of these elements in every meal.
3. You are not eating enough at meal times
If you’re eating meals with protein, fat, and fiber and you still feel hungry often, this could be a sign that you’re simply not eating enough at meal time. Try bulking up your meals with more of these healthy nutrients
4. You are really just thirsty
Reach for your water bottle before you give in to premature hunger. A lot of what we perceive as hunger is actually thirst so if you just chugged down a glass of water and still feel hungry then it’s a sign that you should eat something.
5. You have a fast metabolism
You know those people who seem to eat whatever they want without putting on weight? They simply have a faster metabolism. If your metabolism is especially fast, you may need to eat more often.
6. You are not getting enough sleep
Skimping on sleep? This could be a major contributor to added hunger and cravings during the day. If people are sleep-deprived, it causes a hormonal imbalance, which then leads to overeating.
7. You are going hard with your workouts
While a power walk isn’t an excuse to wolf down a burger every day, your activity levels do play a role in how hungry you feel. So, if you typically exercise a lot, you may need to eat more.
8. Your medication is making you hungry
Some medications can increase your appetite. So, if you suspect you’re on a medication that could be making you hungry, ask your doctor for advice and read the side effects on the labelling.
9. You are about to get your period
When your basal body temperature goes up, which it does right before you get you get your period, you might be hungry all the time but this effect shouldn’t last for more than a day or two beforehand.
10. You could be giving in to peer pressure
Making healthy choices is infinitely more difficult when you’re with a large group. When friends and family are indulging in unhealthy plates or desserts at dinner, it isn’t always easy to say no.