Do you ever feel like you're a bottomless pit? Are you counting the minutes until your next meal or maybe didn't even stop snacking in the first place? It happens. Here are 4 reasons why you may be so ravenous all. of. the. time.
1. You Have a Fast Metabolism
Congrats! You've won the genetic lottery! That or you've worked your butt off (literally) to put on muscle and spiked your metabolism. Needless to say, the faster your metabolism, the more fuel, aka food, you need. Having a fast metabolism might amount to burning 100 to 400 extra calories a day - no wonder you'll take seconds.
2. You’re Eating Refined Foods
This option isn't as fun as the first (despite it's tastiness) Processed foods—white bread, cookies, even certain salad dressings—spike your blood sugar, let it crash, and then leave you feeling even hungrier than you were before you ate in the first place. High-fat, high-sugar foods interfere with mood-regulating chemicals in the brain, leading to symptoms of depression and overeating. Limit the amount of packaged foods you’re eating, and stick with whole-grain carbs whenever possible. For more advice on eating whole, real foods, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan
3. Your Hormones Are On The Fritz
PMS is one thing for the ladies, but some hormonal conundrums can make you hungry all of the time. Having hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid gland, is the most common hormonal cause of constant hunger. When your thyroid hormones are too high, the body’s vital functions speed up and you burn through your body's energy faster than intended. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Grave’s disease, an immune disorder affecting the thyroid gland. Meanwhile, hypoglycemia (perpetually low blood-sugar levels), as well as pre-diabetes and diabetes (too high blood-sugar levels), can also cause an increased appetite.
4. You’re Confusing Hunger with Appetite
We hate to be the bearers of bad news but sometimes, you just like eating - you're not actually hungry. By definition, hunger is a primal biological drive associated with physical symptoms, such as headache, shakiness, and intestinal contractions. Appetite, on the other hand, is a psychological drive in which you desire a particular food and seek it. In a perfect world, they would happen together, but that's not always the case.