Why am I still hungry after eating?
Modern society has created a major shift in the way we live and we eat. With the production of processed food, the stress, the lack of sleep and the never-ending communication on social media, our sensation of hunger has increased and we don’t listen to our body anymore.
Calories in versus calories out
Decreasing your calorie consumption dramatically won’t help you to lose weight and can also be dangerous for your health if your calories intake is lower than the number of calories you need daily (caloric deficit and risk of malnutrition). In general, it is recommended to have a calories intake of minimum 1,300 calories per day, depending on your height, weight, and activity.
If your body has a deficit in certain nutrients, it will increase your hunger (starvation mode). As your body is enduring a caloric deficiency, your metabolism, reproductive function, and brain activity will be slowed so that your body will burn the foods you intake at a slower rate which can explain that you won’t see any weight loss results.
But the fact that you are feeling hungry after eating is not only about calories. The feeling of hunger can also be due to the consumption of processed foods, life distractions (TV, phone, Video games,..) or the fact to eat irregularly.
Integrate the good foods in your diet
A lot of people are feeling hungry after eating because they didn’t eat the right foods. We suggest to include protein and fiber in every meal or snack in order to feel satiated.
Reduce sweet foods
Having a sweet meal such as carbs, will open your hunger. Always pair your carbs with protein or healthy fat.
Be aware that you are eating
Everybody has already experienced a TV-dinner time during which your entire meal has disappeared without realizing you ate it. And you are wondering: Why I am still hungry? This is due to the fact that your brain didn’t register that you ate a meal because you were too focused on that tv show. The same happens when you are eating at your desk in the office while working!
Focusing on what you eat and taking the time to eat slowly may help decrease the feeling of hunger after eating.
Avoid processed foods
In order to make you consume more, food companies add sugar, salt and/or fat in the foods so that it lets your body wanting for more.