Am I really hungry – or do I just THINK I’m hungry? The stomach can play tricks on you sometimes. We reveal seven reasons why you may be plagued by cravings when, in fact, you’re full.
You suffer from
ravenous hunger attacks,
although you are full? Do you eat and eat, but the feeling of fullness just doesn’t come? Or are you hungry again shortly after eating. There are many factors that can make us think we are hungry, when in fact we are not.
- you are dehydrated
If we don’t drink enough water, our body can mistake thirst for hunger. That’s why you should make sure to drink enough. According to experts, 2.5 liters of fluid per day is optimal. The next time you feel an irrational hunger pang, try drinking a glass of water first.
- you constantly look at pictures of food
Keyword: #FoodPorn. Do you only follow accounts with food pictures on Instagram? Don’t be surprised that you have a constant appetite. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that looking at delicious-looking food activates the reward center in your brain and can cause you to overeat.
- you do not sleep enough
Lack of sleep can lead to cravings during the day. If you don’t sleep enough, you tend to have a bigger appetite – and that’s when portions naturally turn out bigger than usual. The culprits are hormones, which get out of whack when you don’t get enough sleep.
- you eat too much sweets
If we snack too much, we throw our hormones out of balance. If you eat too many sweets, the production of leptin (a hormone that suppresses appetite) is reduced, while ghrelin (a hormone that stimulates appetite) makes the brain think you are hungry.
- you drink alcohol regularly
If you regularly sip cocktails after work, you don’t have to wonder about cravings attacks. Alcohol also lowers leptin levels, which is why alcohol consumption can cause us to eat hundreds of extra calories.
- you are stressed
Worry, stress and anxiety
have all kinds of negative effects on our bodies. Among other things, stress can increase our hunger levels because it affects the hormone ghrelin. The feeling of hunger is strongest when we’re in the midst of a stressful situation – which is why many tend to stuff senseless snacks down their throats during nerve-wracking activities.
- you watch TV too often
It’s been proven: People who sit too much in front of the TV are more often tormented by ravenous appetite. According to a scientific study, people who watch their favorite series lose control of their eating habits. If you’re in the mood for a snack, you should therefore press the pause button while you’re eating – and concentrate fully on your meal. After all, watching TV distracts you from paying attention to how much you’re eating.