Do you often notice yourself feeling hungry just a few hours after a meal?
People, especially those on a diet, may have this problem, and it can lead to unwanted weight gain.
You may find yourself mindlessly munching on small things to keep from feeling hungry.
Even small amounts of calories will add up over time, so if you have this problem it’s best to find out how to control your appetite.
Why do I feel hungry so quickly even after eating a big meal?
Hunger is caused by a drop in your blood sugar level.
To increase your blood sugar you must consume food. Your pancreas will then start to produce insulin to increase your blood sugar level, countering that hungry feeling.
If you consume too many processed foods, which are broken down by your body very easily, your pancreas will produce more insulin than needed.
With a large amount of insulin in your system, fat will not be used as energy. Insulin will be used instead, dropping your blood sugar level. Therefore, you will not be burning any fat and you will have that hungry feeling.
Hunger can be prevented simply by changing how you eat.
The best way to eat meals throughout the day is to divide your large meals into smaller meals. I’d say 5-6 smaller meals per day should suffice. This reduces the risk of over-eating during larger meals.
Psychologically, depriving yourself of foods you love will cause you to get a hungry feeling even when you are not. Consuming small amounts of food that you love will take care of this feeling.
Remember that it takes almost 20 minutes for your brain to realize that you have eaten. Eating slowly and waiting for your brain to get the signal means that you will feel less hungry by eating a smaller amount of food.
Foods that will curb hunger.
Protein is one of the best ways to feel less hungry because it is broken down by your body very slowly. Chicken, turkey, fish, nuts, beans, and eggs are foods that you want to include in your diet.
Fiber is a great substitute for processed foods. Like protein, fiber is broken down by your body over time eliminating that hungry feeling you might have after a meal. Getting more fiber in the form of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet will help keep you satisfied.
Drinking a full glass of water between every meal during the day can control hunger. Choosing ice water instead would be even better as you will burn extra calories because your body needs to warm the water up.
Avoid white sugar whenever possible.
This is a big tip that everyone on a diet must follow.
Try to cut as much white sugar and high fructose corn syrup out of your diet as you can. Sugar will cause your insulin levels to fly through the roof and dramatically decrease leaving you feeling hungry soon after eating.
Consuming white sugar also causes your body to crave sugary foods when you feel hungry. Thus you eat more sugary foods, filled with calories and fat, to try and counter the hungry feeling.
It traps you in a negative cycle of consuming calories that increase body fat while never satisfying your hunger. Sorry, Snickers.
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