5 Reasons You’re Hungry All The Time

5 Reasons You’re Hungry All The Time

Do you feel hungry all the time, despite eating big meals? Constant hunger can make your best efforts to lose weight or maintain a healthy, balanced diet challenging.

 

Here are five reasons why you might be hungry, despite eating plenty of food.

 

DEHYDRATION

Our brains can confuse thirst for hunger, making us believe we are hungry when we are in fact, thirsty. Try drinking a large glass of water 30 minutes before each meal to help prevent overeating.

 

LACK OF PROTEIN

Studies show that eating protein stimulates the release of hormones from the gut that signal to the brain that the stomach is full. Protein is also broken down slowly making us feel fuller for longer. Include a source at each of your main meals. Eggs, fish, good quality protein powder and vegan proteins like tofu and tempeh are all good sources.

 

NOT ENOUGH SLEEP

Lack of sleep disrupts hormones that control how hungry we feel. Tiredness increases levels of our hunger hormone ghrelin, and decreases levels of our satiety hormone leptin, causing us to eat more. In one study, people who lost 80 minutes of sleep one night ate an average of 549 extra calories the following day! Aim for eight hours sleep per night. Set an alarm to remind you to switch off Netflix and start getting ready for bed. If you struggle to get off to sleep, try a magnesium supplement.

 

CARB-BASED MEALS

We tend to base our meals around starchy carbohydrates like cereals, bread, pasta and rice. These foods might temporarily fill us up, but they’re broken down quickly into the sugar glucose, leading to a spike in our blood sugar, followed by a drop. When our blood sugar drops we are likely to feel hungry and this is when the cravings set in. Swap starchy carbs like pasta and rice for more vegetables. Think stir-fries, roasted Mediterranean vegetables and veg curries.

 

STRESS

You’ve probably heard about people both losing and gaining weight due to stress, and there’s truth in both claims. In short periods, stress can reduce the appetite when the brain produces corticotropin-releasing hormone which supresses your appetite. But over a longer period of time, the adrenal glands release the stress hormone cortisol, which increases both your appetite and your motivation to eat. If you’re going through a stressful time, look after yourself by preparing healthy, balanced meals and planning your diet carefully in advance. Try and tackle the cause of your stress if possible. If you can’t get to the root of the problem on your own, talk to someone who can help.

 

As a clinic we are committed to supporting our clients in losing weight, understanding their body and building a healthy relationship with food. If you are struggling to manage your weight and would like to find out how we could help you, you can schedule a complimentary call or contact us for further information. We look forward to hearing from you.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.