If you’re one of those people who are always thinking about food, this may seem like a natural thing to you. But, thinking about food constantly because you’re hungry may show a bigger medical issue.
1 – Dehydration
Many times people have dehydration when they are experiencing hunger symptoms. The truth is that with chronic dehydration the symptom for thirst is often misunderstood.
2 – Hyperthyroidism
If you’re eating more than usual, constantly hungry and still losing weight, then you could have a problem with your thyroid. Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid speeds up everything the body does.
3 – Your Hormones Are Off
Besides hyperthyroidism, several hormonal conditions can affect your metabolic function. Women’s Health Magazine points to conditions like prediabetes and diabetes, hypoglycemia, and other insulin and glucose related issues as the main sources of hunger spikes.
4 – You Skip Meals
If you skip meals in an effort to burn off some fat, you are making a mistake. When you skip a meal, your body goes into “storage” mode and locks down on the fat cells in case there’s a bout of starvation going around.
5 – You’re Not Sleeping
Sleep is one of the biggest regulators of hormones. Hormones such as those produced during stress (cortisol) relate directly to your sleep cycle. In addition, sleep affecting hormones it can also cause you to have a larger appetite.
6 – You Rush Through Meals
When you don’t use your five senses while eating, you’re likely to eat more than those who pay attention to their food.
7 – Too Many Carbs
Eating a meal full of carbohydrates means you’re flooding your bloodstream with sugars, especially glucose, which then alerts insulin to be released in huge amounts to take in all that glucose.
8 – You’re Stressed Out
Usually when we’re stressed, we lose our appetite. However, that’s only temporary, because prolonged stress increases the release of the hormone cortisol, which triggers our sense of hunger.
9 – Not Enough Protein
Lean protein takes some time to fully digest, which means you feel full longer.
10 – Medications
Some medications could be increasing your appetite.
Learning how to control your hunger will help you succeed in not thinking about food all the time.