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Reasons You Are Feeling Hungry After Eating Full Meal

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    Do you still feel hungry even after finishing off a delicious lunch or a dinner and even after eating a snack too? Why? Well studies have shown that there are certain food which can trick our body to feel hungry even after a full meal.

    You may be consuming too many sweetened beverages

    A study from the University of California suggests that fizzy drinks, coffee iced teas and other sweetened beverages can trigger our brains for craving more food even after a full meal be impacting our bodies to use leptin ( a hormone which tells our brain about satiation).

    You didn’t eat enough breakfast

    In a study which was carried out on 6,764 healthy people over a period of 4 years Researchers concluded that people who ate small breakfast of about 300 calories gained almost two times the weight as compared to people who ate 500 calories breakfast. Reason cited for this reason is eating a good breakfast causes small spike in insulin throughout the day and blood sugar fluctuations are lesser which translates in fewer cravings.

    You didn’t have enough Veggies and fruits

    With changing diet patterns people don’t eat enough fruits and leafy veggies which are a rich source of vitamin B and folates. These nutrients help to combat depression, fatigue and weight gain. In a study it was observed that people who had highest level of folate lost 8.5 times weight more than those people who had lower levels of folate. Moreover green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin K which helps to reduce the cravings.

    You Don’t have Tea

    One study which was published in Journal of the American College of Nutrition, people who drank one cup of black tea post carb rich milk had their blood sugar levels by 10 % for 2 and half hours of consuming it. This helped them to stay full for longer duration and lesser cravings for food. Polyphenols compounds in black tea are known to suppress hunger.

    You are not eating complex carbs

    When you consume complex carbs they induce satiety by sustained and slow release of blood glucose. Complex carbs like vegetables fruits and whole grains help to keep the sugar levels stable where as simple carbs like sugary snacks, refined flour (maida) soft drinks, sweets trigger a fast rise in blood glucose which is usually followed by equally quick drop in sugar levels. This causes body to initiate hunger response even after a short time after your meal.

    You are not drinking enough fluid

    When you reach for food thinking that you are hungry sometimes it’s just that your body could be craving water. Try drinking a glass or two of water. Dehydration often mimics the feeling of hunger, and see if your desires don’t diminish.


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