There are many times when you eat enough; still, your belly is not satisfied, and it craves for more. Hunger cravings put you in a vicious circle of eating, feeling bad about it, and then the cycle keeps repeating. It is good to keep your stomach stuffed, but there is a thin line between eating and overeating.
Hunger growls are signals from the stomach to feed it. Some may get after several hours of consumption, while some may not feel the same. The reason for continually feeling hungry could be many varying from inadequate sleep to not consuming enough nutrients.
Why you feel constantly hungry?
A balanced diet has a variety of foods that gives you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. If you lack any of these, you feel the urge to eat more. Apart from food, hydration is equally important. Drinking the right amount of water has several benefits and has the potential to reduce appetite if consumed before meals. Stress and lack of proper sleep also affect the digestive system and push you to eat more. If you are distracted while having your food, this could be another reason to make you frequently hungry. Also, symmetry should be maintained to what you eat as per your workout routine.
What to eat if you feel hungry?
1). Porridge: As per food experts, eating oats porridge can keep you full for longer and reduce the hunger pangs. Oats have lower G.I. (Glycemic Index), meaning that they slowly release the glucose from carbohydrates into the bloodstream, keeping the energy levels high and preventing post-breakfast cravings.
2). Yogurt: Yogurt is a rich source of calcium and is high in protein. The amino acids in it can keep the hunger pangs at bay and help you stay away from peeping into your kitchen and refrigerator again and again. Adding fresh fruits to it, by blending it into a flavorful smoothie can gear up its benefits and taste.
3). Fruits: Fruits like apples, oranges, bananas, and pears are high in fiber and natural sugars. Along with their nutritional value, they have the potential to keep you satiated. It is recommended as a pre-meal snack to reduce the portion of your meal, and the fiber content will continue to make you feel satisfied.
4). Eggs: Eggs are a storehouse of protein and help keep you away from those platters full of foods for a long time by maintaining the blood sugar levels.
Brown Rice: Brown rice is a whole grain that offers essential vitamins and minerals that we have a habit of missing out. Brown rice is high in fiber that fills you up for long hours.
By Deepali Verma, RoundGlass Thali