6 Reasons You Are Still Hungry After Dinner || Dunnebells

Food is the source of energy that we provide to our body. Before I start working with my amazing clients, one of the common things that I hear is that they are hungry even after a hearty meal for dinner. Right after a meal, the body doesn't realize immediately if you're full or not. If you experience being hungry event after dinner, keep reading to find out why. There could be a combination of factors leading to the feeling of hunger after dinner

The 6 reasons you are still hungry after dinner:

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1. DRINKING SODA

Fizzy drinks, processed juices, and sodas have high levels of concentrated sugar. Our appetite is impacted by the chemicals released by the brain. The fructose we consume can trick the brain into thinking that you're still hungry, even after a meal. The blood flow to the brain reduces, which slows down the function of leptin. Leptin is responsible for alarming the body when it's full. Cut down on sugary drinks, and you’ll notice a difference in your weight and your hunger triggers. Majority of sugary sodas are empty calories with no nutritional value.

2. YOU ARE BORED

In most cases, we tend to overeat because there's nothing to do, and we’re bored. When you're bored, you want some distraction, and eating food is satisfactory. After dinner, go on a short walk or do something productive until your body realizes that you don't need any more food. It sounds silly, but it works!

At the end of the day, if you are hungry I am not telling you not to eat. What I am trying to help with is what happens inside our body when we are not actually hungry and we are consuming calories mindlessly.

3. YOU MISSED BREAKFAST

It's not wrong when you have heard the professionals and doctors say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you wake up after a night's sleep, your body requires a good healthy breakfast to kickstart the day. When you skip breakfast, your sugar levels get spiked in your blood flow. This leaves you feeling hungry and craving more food. Once you finally eat, generally you overeat because your body is unable to tell it feels full. Try your best not to skip breakfast if you want to stay healthy.

4. YOU ARE DEHYDRATED

Water is crucial for the working of all the organs and chemicals in your body. Your body can’t differentiate between dehydration and hunger. This is why people will tell you to drink water when you say “I’m hungry”. So, even if you’re slightly dehydrated, you’d mistake it for hunger. Next time you’re hungry after a meal, try drinking a big glass of water. The hunger will most likely vanish in about 10-15minutes.

5. YOU SKIPPED ON GREENS

To fill up with protein and other important vitamins and minerals consider consuming more greens with your dinner. Aside from helping you to feel full, greens have a lot of other benefits that I will list for you. Green leafy vegetables are packed with nutrients. They can be consumed in the form of salads, soups, or broth. Leafy greens like kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc. are rich in a chemical called folate. Folate protects the body against fatigue and weight gain. High levels of vitamin K banish unnecessary food cravings by regulating blood sugar levels. Potassium regulates metabolism. To maintain a healthy diet, consider adding in more leafy greens!

6. LACK OF FIBER IN YOUR DIET

High fiber foods help in keeping your hunger under check. Fiber slows down the digestion process in your stomach, which subsequently keeps your stomach filled for a longer time. High fibre also influences the release of appetite, reducing hormones in the body. You tend to feel fuller, with consumption of fiber rich foods. I recommend that you consume fair amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber. Foods like oranges, sprouts, flax seeds, etc. are an excellent source. Want bonus diet points? Ensure your diet contains whole plant-based foods like legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables

STILL HUNGRY AFTER DINNER SUMMARY

You are in control of the choices you make when it comes to your food and your body. To live a happy healthy life, you need to consume a proper diet and intake the right amount of nutrients to stay healthy and fit.

If you want to learn more about taking care of yourself and reaching those fitness goals with an online personal trainer, let’s chat.

I spent so many years overeating and eating after dinner because I thought I was still hungry. I lost 65 lbs, overcame an eating disorder and I now help 100’s of women around the world reach their fitness goals.

Learn more about my 8-week program here.

Stay strong. Be the fire.

Dunnebells.

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