Do you find yourself constantly heading to the fridge for a snack? If you don’t have an obvious reason for the increased hunger, such as pregnancy or tougher workouts, you might want to see if your insatiable appetite is due to a sneakier cause. Your stress levels, quality of sleep, and diet may be to blame. Watch the video for more.
You’re dehydrated: Drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes to see if the hunger subsides.
You got a bad night’s sleep: Sleep deprivation can increase levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite.
You eat a lot of processed carbs: Foods like white bread spike your blood sugar and may cause more cravings.
You’re stressed out: After a bad day, crank up some good tunes or go to yoga (instead of the fridge).
You need more protein: Foods like Greek yogurt, eggs, and lean meat will keep you fuller longer.
You need to eat more fat: Unsaturated fat, found in nuts and avocados, is linked to feelings of satiety.
You skip meals: Try not to let more than 4 or 5 hours go by in between meals and eat something within an hour of waking up.
You eat too fast: Slow down your chewing and bites so your brain has enough time to register fullness.