Do you have constant desires to eat? These can be the causes
A few days ago we commented on the importance of distinguishing between hunger and appetite, because the latter are nothing more than desire to eat, of psychological cause that we should control in our day to day to not favor an excess of calories that leads to weight gain. If you have constant desires to eat we tell you what the causes may be in order to put an end to them.
You are stressed and anxious
If you are going through a stressful situation or have suffered great stress in the last time and now experience anxiety, this can be the cause of your constant appetite and that no food truly satisfies you.
Stress alters hormones that produce hunger and satiety such as leptin, which can cause a reduction of it and, as a study published in Physiology & Behavior, encourages us to eat more and more.
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As if that were not enough, when we are stressed, we like more pleasant foods, that is, those rich in sugars, refined flours and fats that are also the most addictive for our body, thus being able to accentuate our constant desire to eat.
It is advisable to identify if stress or anxiety is the cause of our uncontrolled appetite and go to a health professional to help us face and control these conditions, and can also go to exercise and other anti-stress resources to reduce the constant desires to eat.
You are surrounded by tasty food
As humans we are, we have a genetics that was formed in the Paleolithic era when food was not available all the time and therefore, when hunting a large animal we had to eat everything we could to withstand periods of scarcity later.
This is how our genes were molded in that period of time and today they push us to eat if we have all the time near us. If we have had a great event and we are surrounded by sweets, buns and other caloric foods of poor quality, we are likely to have constant desires to eat from them.
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Also, if we live in an obesogenic environment, surrounded by fast food, commercial snacks filled with fat and sodium or buns, we tend to eat more because they are also the foods that satisfy less and lead us to develop an addiction by the food.
Therefore, it is advisable to maintain order in our house and especially in the kitchen, trying that our refrigerator and pantry is not crammed with foods that we want but are unhealthy and as if it were not enough, can encourage us to eat more and plus.
You have become addicted to food
If you have been eating a messy diet for a while, rich in ultraprocesses and processed food outside the home, you may be manifesting an addiction to food and this is the cause of your uncontrolled appetite.
When we develop an addiction we are waiting for food and we get in a bad mood if we can not eat what we want, always needing more doses of chocolate that pleases us to truly sate.
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Decrease addictive foods in your diet
If this is the cause of your constant desire to eat you should seek help from mental health professionals as well as dietitians or nutritionists to help you cope with the situation to gradually get rid of addictive foods and control the appetite that you manifest.
You just finished a strict diet
Fad diets, miracle diets that usually allow us to lose weight in a short time at the expense of a severe reduction in calories and the elimination of very popular and pleasurable foods can generate stress in our body, as scientists from California point out.
Also, the fact of not being able to eat food that we like or that everyone around us consumes regularly but for us it is “forbidden” in the daily table generates anxiety and all this can encourage us to eat.
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On the other hand, severe diets can place in “saving mode” our body causing a reduction in the hormones that produce satiety and an increase in those that produce hunger such as ghrelin for example.
Thus, miracle diets, far from helping us to learn to eat healthier and to control the rations, can cause a voracious hunger and an uncontrolled and persistent appetite in the long term, which leads to an increase in weight.
You are sleepy and have been resting for days
A bad break can not only lead to a low physical and cognitive performance as well as a fall of the defenses, but also, taking days sleeping badly can alter hormones of hunger and satiety leading to an uncontrolled appetite.
As American scientists have concluded, bad rest raises cortisol and ghrelin levels by stimulating the desire to eat and reducing the ability to quell hunger. As if that were not enough, we would like the caloric and poor quality foods that are precisely the most pleasant.
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Therefore, if you are sleepy and have been resting badly for days, the best thing you can do is to implement a routine, relax and take care of your nocturnal diet also to favor a quality rest that will help us get up as new the next day and thus, the possibilities of control the voracious appetite will increase.
You feel bored, sad or angry
If you are not working at this time, you have had a work or personal discussion you may feel sad, angry or just bored and that is the cause of your desire to eat.
Emotions can be the reason for our appetite and therefore it is essential to identify them in order to control them later.
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If we are not emotionally well, we will not be able to curb our intense appetite and our constant desire to eat appetizing foods, perhaps of poor nutritional quality.
Therefore, the important thing is to learn to control that hunger of emotional origin that is emulating us to eat and eat without the possibility of control.
You know, if you have constant desires to eat, these can be the causes and controlling them is key to moderate the intake of food we have daily.