If you feel like you’re never satisfied when it comes to the amount of food you’re consuming, you’re not alone. Even though you’re eating what should be enough food, you find yourself craving and eating more, even when you’re not actually ‘hungry.’ So what gives? There are a bunch of reasons that you could be having this issue, but once you identify them, you can help yourself get better control of your eating habits.
Consider if one of these 10 things could be affecting you:
#1. You’re thirsty
Stop and think before eating when you’ve recently had a snack or meal and you find yourself feeling hungry again. Think about when last drank a glass of water. Being hydrated is often confused with hunger. It’s always a good idea to drink water before eating, even if you’re feeling hungry. You’ll end up eating only what you actually want.
#2. Not eating right
Maybe you ate a large amount of food, but what was it? If you’re filling your body with empty calories taken from foods that are not nutritional options, then you aren’t providing it with the fuel it needs to feel full and function properly.
#3. Sleep habits
One of the biggest reasons you may find yourself reaching for food more than you feel is healthy is because you are not properly rested. When you are running on a lack of sleep, your body panics and starts to send messages that it needs energy, which you interpret as meaning more food. What you should do is start going to bed earlier so that you can get an adequate number of hours each night.
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There are some people who find themselves exercising more when they are stressed, and others who are reaching for junk food. If you have the second issue, then you know that you need to work on your stress management techniques. Try to find things you can do to reduce your stress which will distract you from the impulse to overeat.
Use your snacks to carry you over in between meals rather than just to enjoy what you’re putting into your mouth. When you ignore nutrition in your snacks, you are setting yourself up to feel hungry shortly after you eat them.
#6. Not enough protein
Your body needs a certain amount of protein every day in order to keep everything working properly. If you are not getting an adequate amount, your body will be hungry because it needs more fuel for all of its functions. Try to add protein to every meal and snack.
#7. Wrong fats
Fat doesn’t need to be avoided altogether, you simply need to make sure that you are eating the right types. There is a lot of fat in junk food, and none of it is the good kind. Your body needs fats from sources like olive oil, avocado, and nuts for proper balance.
#8. Bad scheduling
For the optimal use of food and your best feeling body, you need to plan your meals and snacks well. Instead of limiting yourself to 3 meals per day, change to more smaller sized meals and snacks that will keep you full and give you energy throughout your day.
#9. Instagram obsession
Try to limit the amount of time that you spend browsing through photos of delicious looking food. When you stare at these photos for too long, your brain starts to feel that it wants to consume these foods, and you are more likely to eat for no reason.
#10. Eating on the go
If it’s possible to make it happen in your life, you will feel better when you make a point to eat in a relaxed state. That means no chomping down on your lunch sandwich while trying to catch the train to your next appointment. Make an effort to sit down and all your meals and snacks without interruption.
If one of these 10 things reminds you of your lifestyle, it may be time to make a change.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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