Misleading Hunger Symptoms

Lately I’ve been asked a lot if it is normal to “always be hungry.” One person asked me this and I thought, oh I’ve been there too. However, after three other people asked me this, I knew I had to talk about it here.

In short, no, it is not normal for you to always be hungry.

There could be several things going on that are making you feel this way. Perhaps you aren’t eating enough and your body is telling you to eat more, but that’s probably the least likely possibility. There is a stronger chance your diet includes too many carbohydrates and not enough protein, fat and fiber. Eating filling food will make you feel more full.

Medicines, hormones, and certain illness can also leave you feeling constantly peckish. If you feel this is the case, speak with your doctor.

Oftentimes I hear people complain of headaches, sleepiness and cravings and decide those things mean they are hungry. Let’s talk about why that’s not always true.

Headaches = Thirst

I don’t know about you, but growing up I thought hunger headaches were a thing. And they can be. But more often than not, if you have a headache you are dehydrated. So, when a headache comes along, reach for a water bottle, not the kitchen cupboard.

Cravings = Stressed or Thirst (again)

If you crave something, typically your body is asking for something else. Sugar cravings for example mean you are stressed. When is the last time you stress ate carrots? Probably never. When you are stressed your body craves something comforting, which is usually carbohydrates. Try other stress-relieving activities like yoga or painting. Craving salt could mean you are dehydrated. So again, drink water!

Low Energy = Bored or Tired

I am very guilty of grabbing a snack when I feel low on energy. However, most of the time I need sleep, not peanut butter. Feeling low on energy very rarely means you are hungry, but for some reason we all think food will fix the problem. Movement can also give you an energy buzz. We have all had those Netflix and chill days where the more we rest, the more tired we feel. On a day like that, you need to move to fix your energy crisis. Try a short workout, like this one, on a day like that.

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