Updated: May 8
Do You Know What Your Body is Telling You?
Hunger is the body’s signal indicating the biological need for food, but most people feel hungry and often eat for reasons that reflect other forms of hunger. Many things, beyond a physical need for fuel, can present as an urge to eat. Understanding the complex nature of hunger and cravings can help you differentiate between when you’re truly hungry and when your hunger signals may reflect other needs.
Reasons You Feel Hungry
Here are some of the most common reasons why you always feel hungry and strategies to help you learn how to practice eating mindfully.
Recently Altered Your Workout Program
Changes in your exercise routine may lead to fluctuations in your appetite. Exercise seems to affect people differently, stimulating appetite in some and decreasing it in others. When you increase your exercise routine, you may need to monitor your calorie intake for several weeks to identify any unintentional changes in your eating patterns.
Too Many Refined Carbs
Refined carbs have been processed and stripped of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals. One of the most popular sources of refined carbs is white flour, which is found in many grain-based foods like bread, pasta, and cereals. Foods like soda, candy, and baked goods, which are made with processed sugars, are also considered to be refined carbs. Since refined carbs lack fiber, your body digests them very quickly. This is a major reason why you may be feeling hungry frequently if you eat a lot of refined carbs, as they do not promote significant feelings of fullness.
Getting adequate sleep is extremely important for your health. Sleep is essential for the proper functioning of your brain and immune system and getting enough of it is associated with a lower risk of several chronic illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. Additionally, sleeping enough is a factor in appetite control, as it helps regulate ghrelin, the appetite-stimulating hormone. La