It’s NOT in your head!
Your brain knows you just ate. But your stomach still feels hungry. What gives? And how can you outsmart your food cravings?
My mother had a term for food cravings that occurred when she knew she was full. She called them boredom. But I dare say, writing off your hunger as boredom doesn’t give enough credit to the very real, biological reasons that you feel hungry.
But first, just a teensy weensy bit of science. You have hormones in your body that tell you when you’re hungry and when you’re full. And these hormones can malfunction for a variety of reasons. And when they do, your brain will urge you to eat, even when you know that you should feel full. Silly hormones.
But don’t despair. There is an easy remedy. Learn to outsmart your food cravings. Get those hormones working correctly and you’ll no longer be battling hunger when you know damn well you should be full! But how do you do this?
I’m gonna tell you. And hold tight, because at the end i”m gonna give you the list of the Top 10 Foods That Make You Crave. Some of these will shock you. And there are the foods to AVOID if you feel like you’re always hungry.
Abstain from sweet foods during times when you know you’re likely to have food cravings
Let’s say it’s “that time of the month”. And your food cravings tend to be through the roof. Don’t make it easy for your hunger signals to get the better of you.
1.First, ditch the diet soda. Artificial sweeteners really ramp up food cravings. The sweet tastes hits your body. But when the ultra sweet taste isn’t followed by any real calories, your body becomes a cravings beast.
2.Next, skip the store bought sauces. Most bottled sauces and condiments are just packed with sugar. And the more sugar that you eat, the more the hunger hormones get ramped up. You can easily makes sauces at home with just a few ingredients. And having control over the added sugar in your food will make a difference.
3.Finally, fill up on protein. Did you know that being protein deficient can make you hungry, even when you’ve eaten enough calories. All calories aren’t created equal. And the calories from protein will help dull your hunger.
Change habits that make you hungry
Everything inside the body is connected. So habits that you think are not at all related to hunger might be underneath your desire to eat.
4.Get enough sleep. You might think you’ve got things under control when you stay up all night, only to drag your sleepy self into the office the next morning. But your appetite may be suffering. Studies show that the hormones that tell your brain that you’re hungry shoot sky high when you’re tired.
5.Next, control your alcohol intake. Alcohol is metabolized by your body just like sugar. So just like anything sweet, alcohol will increase your hunger. Not to mention that once you’re feeling a little footloose and fancy free, there’s nothing stopping you if temptation beckons.
6.Make sure to eat something for breakfast. You might not feel hunger symptoms until 12pm. But that doesn’t mean that your body won’t pay a price for skipping a meal. Blood sugar imbalances from not eating make you just as hungry as blood sugar imbalances from eating too many sweets. So eating something, small, even if you don’t feel hungry, is gonna help those cravings later in the day.
7.Finally, drink water. Thirst is often misinterpreted by your brain as hunger!
Work on how you feel
Feelings have a direct impact on food cravings and hunger.
8.For instance, your increased appetite during times of stress isn’t all in your head. The stress hormone cortisol actually dulls other hormone that tell your brain you’re full. Stress biologically makes you hungry. Yes, you might lose your appetite during times of extreme stress. But the everyday stress that often goes ignored will ramp-up your hunger in no time.
9.But let’s not discount depression. Often when we’re blue, we’re lacking dopamine. Dopamine is a compound that sends happy signals to your brain. And many people who suffer from depression don’t make enough dopamine. But you know what produces dopamine? Sweet and fatty foods. So if you’ve been in a slump, talk to a trained professional who can help you balance and heal.
10. And this last one probably won’t surprise you. Stay away from Food Porn! If you spend just a few minutes on Instagram or Facebook, you will likely see TONS of food that will make you salivate. But of course watching all this “oh my gosh” food is going to make you hungry. So take some time to unplug and silence the onslaught of temptation!
You hold the power
My mother always wrote off her desire to eat as boredom, But luckily, you now know that there are biological reasons you ‘have the eats”. So what are you gonna do about it?
Many of these foods sound healthy but send your desire to eat into overdrive. If nothing else, stay away from these foods during the time of day when you’re most likely to want to eat.
Next, look at your lifestyle. What behaviors or feelings can you work on to help your hunger hormones work more effectively? This is as important as what you eat. So don’t be shy if you need to ask for help.
Don’t be a victim to your cravings. Use these 10 surefire ways to outsmart your cravings and get control of your hunger today!