Well & Good
Ever wondered why you're tummy starts to grumble as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, or why you're out-of-this-world starving even after you just ate?
Turns out certain foods you eat and normal body responses are actually tricking you into thinking you're hungry, when you're actually not - so sneaky. Here's seven of those reasons.
1. YOU'RE NOT GETTING ENOUGH ZZZZs....
If you've been waking up after little to no sleep, there's a very good chance you'll be searching for carbs and calorie-rich food to give you a boost of energy. Why's this? Well, when you don't get enough shut-eye a fake hunger response is triggered urging you to satisfy your grumbly tummy with some not-so-nourishing food.
2. YOU'RE DEHYDRATED
Dehydration is one of the most common reasons people think they're hungry. Symptoms that are associated with dehydration (sleepiness, low energy) actually mimic that of hunger. So when you think you're starving, you might actually just need a glass of water. Sip, sip.
3. IT'S MEAL TIME
It's lunch time so I better eat, right? Not necessarily. We've become so used to eating at certain times that we often sit down to eat without actually asking ourselves whether we're hungry or not. While you should be making sure you're eating at least three big meals a day, you don't have to eat just because your watch says so.
4. YOUR BREAKFAST WAS TINY
They weren't lying when they said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having a decent sized breakfast means your blood sugar levels will remain constant throughout the day and you'll be less likely to have those pesky cravings.
5. YOU'RE BORED
We've all been there: nothing to do and in close proximity of a packet of biscuits that looks ever-so-pleasing. It's not uncommon to binge when you're bored, because when there's nothing going on to stimulate you the brain looks to food to release the dopamine neurons - a chemical messenger in the brain linked with motivation. Take away point? Keep active.
6. YOU DRINK TOO MUCH SODA
You most likely know that soft drinks are bad, but did you know they're making you hungry, too? Most of these sweetened drinks contain ridiculous amounts of high-fructose corn syrup which can actually cause the brain to think you're hungry, even if you're not. And diet soft-drinks are just as sneaky. They trick the brain into thinking you're drinking calories (when you're actually not), so when they don't arrive the brain gets mighty hangry.
7. ONE FOR LADIES ONLY: YOU'VE GOT PMS
Ever wondered why you get insatiable cravings to eat cake, chocolate, chips ... when it's "that time" of the month? You might have thought you were using PMS as an excuse, but in fact, when you're menstruating progesterone levels increase, stimulating your appetite. Now this isn't an excuse to go-all-out and binge eat until you feel sick, but us women think this is something to smile about. Want to curb those cravings? These healthy foods will do the trick.
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