Occasionally I have Hypno-Band Weight Loss clients who tell me even though they are losing weight they still feel hungry. So let’s examine some of the reasons.
Why Am I Always Hungry?
There are two common reasons why people feel hungry all the time. One is emotional.
This is when people are using food to make themselves feels better – to combat stress, boredom, or anxiety perhaps. Sometimes to punish themselves, perhaps they’ve had a really bad day so eating junk food is a” deserved punishment”
The other is selecting food choices which actually increase your appetite, so you feel hungry even though you may be eating more calories than you need.
A Typical Western Diet Is Largely To Blame
Simply put – your diet is made up of fat, protein and carbohydrates (Carbs). Out of these three, carbs keep you full up for the least length of time. These days Western diets are high in carbs. For example, you could have cereals for breakfast, sandwiches (with white bread) for lunch, and then rice, pasta or potatoes with your evening meal.
A diet high in carbs doesn’t necessarily increase your appetite, poor choices regarding carbs will though.
What to avoid
Let’s take white bread or white rice as an example. These are refined grains – the fibre, much of the protein, vitamins and minerals are lost in the refining process. You’re literally left with carbohydrate only, i.e. calories.
So refined food is a nutritionally deficient food. You take in loads of calories fine; the thing is your body still needs the smaller nutrients, vitamins and minerals for example.
Your body then stays hungry for these things. So even though you’ve had sufficient calories, your body will still ask for more food as its missing vital ingredients for a healthy body, guess what? You feel hungry.
Then there is the high Glycaemic Index of some carbs, especially refined ones. When things like white bread and white rice hit your stomach they are broken down very quickly to glucose (because there’s nothing left holding them together).
This increases your blood glucose up rapidly, and results in rebound low blood glucose quite quickly afterwards – you feel ravenous at this point.
So not only do you feel hungry quickly, but you feel VERY hungry.
This is what I say to my clients with this problem.
You are likely to be:
Eating a lot of high GI food.
Eating a lot of nutritionally deficient refined food.
It’s better to choose whole grains, and vary the diet more.
Here are some ideas:
• Instead of toast for breakfast – try porridge or poached eggs on wholegrain toast
• Instead of sandwiches for lunch – try an omelette or home made soup with wholegrain bread or a small roll.
• Cut down on potatoes and swap white rice and pasta for wholegrain
• Have white refined carb-based snacks to fill the gap. If you need extra – fruit, nuts, or seeds are a good option
• And MOST IMPORTANT – make sure you’re properly hydrated because thirst can be perceived as hunger by the body. Two or three litres of water every day.
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