Do you have the idea that you can always eat and be hungry? Then there is a very good biological reason behind it. Just take a look!
Why you get hungry
Getting hungry is something completely natural. It is the signal to indicate that your body needs energy, but sometimes that signal does not work as well. Then you are hungry for things that are actually not good for you like sugar. Or you think you're hungry, but actually you're not hungry and you just need water. Or is there something else wrong. This hunger signal is a biological signal that drives your nervous system to take action. This action is about the well-known flight or combat response that occurs with each mammal. This is also known as the autonomic nervous system. In addition, there is also the Parasympathisch nervous system that ensures the balance with the fight and flight response and provides more composure in your body.
This state of calm is necessary to let your body rest and to have that which you have eaten to process. Your body needs that rest so as to get all the nutrients from the food you've just eaten! In this calming, your blood pressure and heart rhythm are also lower and produce your energy for the future. Both nervous systems constantly follow each other in a healthy working body. When everything is balanced you eat a small meal when you are autonomously high and you rest after your meal. So when you eat all the time, or are very stressed, the Parasympathisch system does not have time to take action, so your body does not rest, does not get the right nutrients from the diet and you therefore constantly experience hunger feelings. These reasons, besides stress and not drinking enough water, can play a role:
You don't eat enough
If you want to lose weight and therefore restrict yourself to the number of calories you want to eat, you can experience hunger feelings. Of course you have to lower your calories if you want to lose weight, but this can also work against you. If, for a longer period of time, you lower your calories than what your body needs, your body will be in the saving mode and then save all the energy as fat. Not good! If you have a fast metabolism, are very active or simply don't eat enough for your biological needs, you can experience hunger. This does not mean that you have a rumbling stomach. Many are tired, you can not concentrate, be dizzy or always think of food can also be signals. In this case, it is advisable to ask a dietician for help.
You are distracted while eating
How many times have you heard this tip? You eat during your work, you eat while you watch your favorite TV series or while on the go and on your phone. Whatever you do, you are distracted from the activity that should be most important to you: nourish your body with the right nutrients. What has been shown in studies is that people often eat much faster, so they don't chew well and swallow chunks of food. This is incredibly difficult for your body to process and it also does not get enough nutrients, so you will continue to experience hunger feelings because your body has not gotten everything that is needed. Also, because you are distracted, you often eat much more than necessary. Mindful food is therefore linked to your feeling saturated, but also to less emotion-eating and overeating.
You don't eat enough fiber and protein
When you eat enough vegetables, meat, fish, soy and legumes, you are almost always good at getting enough fiber and protein. These food groups are jam fibres and proteins. A balance between carbohydrates, fats and protein is very important anyway. A study has shown that snacks that consist of many proteins and fibers will keep you saturated for longer. And snack as hummus with carrot is therefore an ideal snack because these contain all the nutrients for a nutritious and healthy snack.
You don't sleep enough
How often do you not get yourself to eat much more and you are much more hungry if you haven't slept well or not long enough? Correctly. Sleep plays a super important role to regulate your hormones. And an imbalance plays a major role in enlarged feelings of hunger. A sleep deprivation is linked to higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger and links to lower levels of leptin, a hormone that should keep you saturated. A sleep deprivation therefore not only ensures that you want to eat more, you also don't know when to stop eating and you have more trek to sugar. So make sure you have enough sleeping hours! A healthy diet, less alcohol, no heavy meals before bedtime and hours on your laptop and phone can contribute to this.