10 Things that Cause You to Constantly Feel Hungry

Being hungry is when we feel as though we have an “empty stomach.” It can be caused by many things. In this article, we’ll explain some possible causes. Take note!
10 Things that Cause You to Constantly Feel Hungry

Last update: 21 May, 2020

Are you constantly eating, or are you always thinking about food?

Pay attention to the possible causes listed in this article.

1. Thirst

If you’ve just eaten a lot and you’re still hungry, then it probably isn’t hunger.

Think about the last time you had a drink of water. Drink a glass and wait a little while. The hunger will diminish, and it’ll turn out that you were actually just thirsty.

You can get rid of the constant hungry simply by drinking water regularly. The best way to get your body used to an increased intake of water is to drink a glass in the morning and then half an hour before every meal.

2. Foods with empty calories


Don’t eat extra treats that contain a lot of sugar, because you’re just consuming empty calories. Sweets, even if you only eat them in small amounts, only end up exciting the appetite without giving your body healthy and nutritious food.

The key is the try to reduce the number of fast carbohydrates and sugars and replace them with healthier foods.

3. Not sleeping well

Not sleeping well often makes us feel like we need to eat as soon as we wake up, which wouldn’t happen with 7-9 hours of good sleep.

During the night, the body produces a hormone called melatonin which plays an important part in the correct functioning of the body. This also has an impact on your appetite.

4. Stress


All of us exhibit either one of two types of behaviour when faced with stressful moments. There are people who can’t eat anything, and those who need to eat more, precisely because of the stress.

If you’re one of those people who eats more when stressed and anxious, then you need to remind yourself that stress is not a valid reason for eating unhealthy foods. It’d be better opting for some other activity.

Call your friends, play a sport, read a book…anything that will distract you and stop you thinking about food.

5. Snacks and alcohol

Alcohol causes weight gain and stimulates the appetite.

Don’t drink alcohol or at least drink it in moderation. If you go out with friends, choose light meals and healthy snacks.

6. Lack of protein

Lack of protein

To avoid eating too much, it’s important to include enough protein in your diet.

As well as providing us with energy, it also makes us feel fuller. Eat greens and fruits as well as proteins.

7. Lack of healthy fats

Not all fats are the same. For example, fast food, fried foods, greasy foods, smoked foods and pastries all contain unhealthy fats. These saturated fats will make you gain weight.

However, there are healthy fats which should be present in your diet. This type of fats is found in olive oil, salmon, nuts, avocado, and sunflower seeds.

8. Not eating regular meals

constantly eating

Have five meals per day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks in between them. Don’t miss a single meal and, if possible, always have them at the same time or similar time each day.

It’s also best that you don’t eat excessive portions.

9. Don’t constantly think about food

The growing tendency to see images of food on social networks makes us think about it constantly.

Try not to be constantly on Instagram looking for things to cook that night or at your next party, because in the end, you’ll just want to eat even more.

10. Don’t eat quickly

Don’t eat quickly

Eating slowly is fundamental in order to feel satisfied and full at the right time. Eating quickly doesn’t give your body enough time to absorb it, and then it ends up demanding more.

One good way to do this is chew your food thoroughly and slowly and eat small mouthfuls. The brain needs time to recognise the signal that your stomach is full, so give it a chance.

If you eat very quickly, you’ll ingest more calories and you probably more than you need.

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