All of us have days when we’re hungrier than others. Contrary to what many diets would have you believe, it’s perfectly fine to eat more or less some days, as long as you regularly eat enough to support your energy needs and fitness goals, whatever they may be. Of course, when you seem to be eating more than you think you should beall the time, red flags start popping up in your mind. And that’s a good thing: being mindful and aware of your body and diet are always good things. That’s what led you here.
Keep reading. There could be a variety of reasons you’re always hungry, and we’re going to list the most likely, as well as what to do about it.
The Cure:Sleep! Easier said than done, right? If you can grab a quick kip, so for it. Even a 20 minute nap has been shown to refresh your mind (and that commitment to healthy eating). And make sure you get to bed at a reasonable time so that you can get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep we all need every night for optimal hormonal balance and cellular regeneration.
The Cure: Eat a variety of clean food and make sure you are getting enough of each macronutrient. Just keep in mind, even with a diet that’s 100% on point, you will still desire these sorts of foods (which are cool in moderation); however, adopting a more balanced diet will help you not want excessive amounts, all the time
What is psychological hunger?
Psychological hunger is aconditioned or external response rather than a real, physiological need. You want to eat because you've been conditioned to eat at a certain time or because you're sad or tired or angry or happy or stressed or just because there's delicious food in front of you. But what you are not is truly hungry.
The Cure: Think about what you are actually feeling. If you’re sad, feel the feels and be sad. Cry. If you’re tired or stressed, go for a walk, do some energizing yoga, try to nap if possible. Pop a lavender pill. Same goes if you’re angry. If you’re happy, be happy! Be in the moment! Realize you do not need food or drink or anything to further stimulate your euphoria. Being alive is enough. When it stops becoming enough, that’s where the problems, and even addictions, begin…
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The Cure: Eat! Just bear in mind your metabolic needs only increase by around 250-300 calories per day, so by all means, feed your body, but just remember you are not feeding an extra body.
Again, here’s where some extra guidance can come in handy. Pick up ourebook for 40+ meals, snacks and decadent desserts that are healthy, and will help you stay focussed on reaching those #fitgoals.
The Cure:Lift, hard. Resistance training will help
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The Cure: Drink up! Aim for 2L-3L per day.
The Cure:Give it to ‘em! But as always, make sure it is in the form of healthy foods. Excess postexercise oxygen consumption (EPOC)only increases caloric burn by about 60 calories, so it's not that you need to eat more, but better. More wisely.The ideal post-workout meal should be high protein, moderate carb and low fat. So, a protein shake. Some cottage cheese and an apple. Protein balls. (Awesome recipes for post-workout fuel in that newebook, by the way.)
Also note: if you have more muscle mass, you will also require more energy. For instance, 10 pounds of muscle requires around 350 extra calories to maintain, so if you’ve been racking up the lean gains, you may feel more hungry. Again, fuel your muscles, but do it with good, clean food — and don’t overdo it! 350 calories is roughly equivalent to a tablespoon of nut butter, serving of plain Greek yogurt and a small apple...not a cheeseburger and fries.
The Cure:Go see your healthcare professional! Fitness and diet experts we may be: medical professionals, we are not.
The Cure: Again, go see your doctor, and whatever you do, DO NOT go off your meds without talking to your doctor, first.
The Cure:Get yourself to your doctor and see a nutritionist or dietician who can help you better manage condition with proper diet. This will help you avoid excessive hunger and eating, which can dangerously compound the issues associated with diabetes.And, for people who don’t need special diets but who can benefit from a good, healthy bout of clean eating, pick up ournew ebook. It’ll give you the support you need to get a handle on your hunger.
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