Why You’re Constantly Hungry

Is your appetite out of control? If you’re feeling constantly hungry, here are some possible reasons why.

Are you constantly hungry even after eating a meal? Do you find yourself heading to the refrigerator every hour or two for a snack? Feeling constantly hungry can come from a variety of causes; and it may not just be a lack of will power on your part. Some medical conditions can cause an increased appetite and the need to constantly snack. What are some possible reasons for feeling constantly hungry?

Before assuming there’s a medical cause for your hunger, reassess your diet. If you’re not consuming enough calories during the day or not getting adequate nutrition, hunger may be your body’s way of telling you to eat more. Even if you’re taking in enough calories, if you’re not getting enough protein and fat, you may still end up feeling constantly hungry. Vegetarians who get their protein from plant based foods are more likely to experience hunger – especially if they’re not getting all of the essential amino acids. Protein increases satiety more than carbohydrates and fats, so eating protein with each meal may be one way to reduce those hunger pangs.

It’s also important to be sure you’re eating a regular time intervals throughout the day. Going for prolonged periods of time without food can lead to excessive hunger. It may be beneficial to eat five or six small meals a day rather than three larger ones to avoid the problem of feeling constantly hungry. Include a source of protein and a small amount of fat with each meal to increase satiety. Eating fiber rich foods also helps to reduce hunger and will keep you full longer since it slows down gastric emptying. Start the day off right with a good breakfast, and be sure to include an egg. Eggs are a good source of protein and studies have shown that eating eggs for breakfast will stop hunger pangs better than eating a high carb breakfast.

If you’re still feeling constantly hungry after changing your diet, see your doctor for blood work and an evaluation. Some medical conditions can cause an increased appetite including diabetes, hypoglycemia, an overactive thyroid, or even an intestinal parasite. Sometimes feeling constantly hungry arises from stress or an underlying emotional problem. Before opening the refrigerator, ask yourself if you’re really hungry or just eating out of boredom or frustration. Keeping a food journal can help you identify emotional factors that may be playing a role.

Finally, take a closer look at your medications. Some medications, particularly steroids, can increase appetite, as can antihistamines, antidepressants, and some seizure medications. If you’re taking prescription drugs, ask your doctor if they could be contributing to the problem.

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  1. You nailed this one. Many people today have this problem and they feel helpless about their concerns. Thanks for this thought provoking article.

  2. I constantly have been feeling hungry since the past few months and I also always feel like I have to take a crap

  3. I finally figured out the cause.

  4. I am constantly hungry despite eating an adequate diet. I always have good fats (coconut, olive oil, avocado, whole milk) and protein with every meal and snack on nuts in between. I also drink whole fat milk and make milkshakes. I eat loads of eggs and always start the day with eggs. I can eat a full meal and 30 minutes later feel ravenously hungry.

    I am loosing weight and muscles are literally wasting away. I have increasing food intake and eat only wholefoods but I simply go to the toilet more. I have tried supplementing with whey protein & amino acids with no luck. Infact they made it worse. Simply the more I eat the more I go to the toilet and the more weight I lose. I have seen numerous doctors and had countless tests done, as well as food intolerance tests. Ironically I am also hypo-thyroid, so you would think I would be easily gaining weight.

    My Body Mass Index is 15.7 and I have lost 7kg in the past 6-12 months. I am 24 year old male and literally skin and bone and all my cloths fall off me. I am so desperate to put on weight. My whole day revolves around eating meals. The more I eat the faster the weight is disappearing. I’m so scared how fast my body is wasting away despite eating quality nutritious meals.

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