13 reasons why you are constantly hungry

13 reasons why you are constantly hungry

13 reasons why you are constantly hungry

July 17, 2017


Even after lunch and a snack, I feel like making a sausage sandwich and taking another candy. Constant hunger has unexpected causes.
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Anastasia Pivovarova

Author of Lifehacker

13 reasons why you are constantly hungry


1. Stress

Hormones are to blame. Adrenaline, which is released into the blood during severe stress, dulls hunger. But cortisol, which also always accompanies stress, especially long-term stress, blocks the “anti-starvation” effect of adrenaline, and we are ready to chew everything that comes to hand. When cortisol levels drop, you don’t want to eat again.

2. Thirst

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We do not distinguish well what we want: to eat or drink. And since food also contains moisture, it seems to us that our needs are partially satisfied. Try drinking first and then eating after a few minutes. Maybe you don’t want to eat. And if you want, then you will not move.

3. Spike in blood sugar

If you snack on sweets or donuts, then the hormone insulin enters the bloodstream to process glucose. It breaks down carbohydrates for energy or storage. But if you eat carbohydrate-rich foods, too much insulin will be released. So much so that the amount of sugar in the blood will drop dramatically and you will feel hungry.

4. Diabetes

This is a disease associated with insulin. You may be eating enough, but your body is not converting food into energy because in diabetes, there is not enough insulin or it can’t do the job. Additional symptoms: thirst, weakness, frequent desire to go to the toilet.

5. Low blood sugar

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Hypoglycemia is a condition where the body does not have enough fuel. It can appear due to the wrong medication for diabetes or the wrong diet, when you eat irregularly, or if you have a high load and lack of carbohydrates in your diet. If your diet is okay, see your doctor. You may have to measure your blood sugar levels and look for a disease that provokes hunger.

6. Pregnancy

Sometimes it happens that in the early stages of pregnancy, when there are no other signs yet, women’s appetite increases. If there is a reason to think about pregnancy, just take a test.

7. Food for speed

You need to eat and even snack more slowly so that the body has time to realize when you are full. The sugar level should change, the stomach should fill up. This takes time, plus the brain needs to be aware of all the changes. Eat slower and you’ll be less hungry.

8. Smells and pictures


Not always the feeling of hunger is caused by the needs of the body. Sometimes we succumb to tricks: we will see something tasty or we will smell something, so we are more likely to get a dose of pleasure from food. If you are hungry all the time, maybe you should go to the kitchen less often and surf on cooking websites?

9. Wrong food

Even meals from the same product affect the feeling of satiety in different ways. For example, after a portion of boiled potatoes, you do not want to eat for a long time, and after a portion of french fries, hunger picks up faster.

10. Emotions

Not only because of stress, the legs go to the refrigerator on their own. Sometimes we eat boredom, sadness, depression. Maybe it’s all about the constant bad mood? Instead of eating, try to do another pleasant thing, but rather figure out why you can’t be happy. The psychologist will help.

11. Thyroid overactivity

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Let’s say you’re nervous all the time, upset and want to eat. And there seems to be no reason. Then go to the endocrinologist: perhaps thyroid hormones are to blame for everything. Then you need to be treated or have surgery.

12. Medicines

Some medicines change appetite. Often these side effects come from antidepressants, but sometimes antihistamines, antipsychotics, and corticosteroid-based medications affect hunger. If after taking the medication you feel hungry, tell your doctor about it, but do not stop being treated on your own.

13. Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep changes the balance of leptin and ghrelin, the hormones responsible for hunger. Therefore, you want to eat, and something fatter and sweeter.

Article source: Why Am I Always Hungry?
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