Do you always feel like munching on something? We look at possible reasons for the constant hole in your tummy.
You might actually be dehydrated. The same part of the brain that controls hunger controls thirst so it could be a mixed signal. Drink water if you feel hungry and wait up to 20 minutes to see if you still feel the same.
You’re eating refined foods
Processes foods like white bread, cookies or pastries spike blood sugar and then crash, leaving you feeling like you never ate a thing. Refined sugar has a high impact on the brain leaving your appetite high throughout the day.
You eat too fast
If wolf down your food without enjoying and savouring each bite your brain might never get the time to register that you’re full, although your stomach might be full. So eat slowly and your digestion will thank you.
Your hormones are causing havoc
PMSing isn’t the only hormonal imbalance that can have you raiding the fridge, but having hyperthyroidism, which is an over active thyroid gland, can lead to constant hunger. Hypoglycaemia, which is low blood sugar, can do the same so have it checked out.
You’re sleep deprived
If you’re not sleeping enough it can result in you feeling more hungry, thinking why? Here’s how, not getting enough sleep may have a direct effect on how hungry we feel and how much we eat. Short sleep duration has been found to reduce levels of a hormone called leptin, which inhibits hunger, and increase levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger.
Foods to have handy at your desk
When the urge strikes these are helpful and healthier snacking options to have at your desk.