Ever been on a diet and felt really hungry? You try and try to stick to the diet but the pangs are too tough to bear? What is going on in your body when you feel hungry? When you’re trying to lose weight, is feeling hungry a good sign?
Why do you feel hungry?
There are many reasons for why we feel hungry. If you’re on a diet that is restricting your portions of food or a low carb diet plan that asks you to eat drastically fewer carbohydrates, you will feel hungry.
This is because with few carbohydrates the leptin levels in your body drop. Leptin keeps you feeling full; it creates the sensation of fullness. A few hours after eating, leptin levels are lowered and that sends a signal to your brain to release a hormone called ghrelin which creates the sensation of hunger. So biochemically, that’s what’s going on inside your body.
What it feels like
- Lack of concentration: When you’re hungry, things that usually come so easily become difficult because your brain is having a hard time concentrating with the lack of energy-foods.
- Lack of energy: Since you’re not eating as much as you’re used to on a particular diet, your body feels the calorie deficit in the form of an energy deficit.
- Lack of motivation: Since you can’t concentrate and don’t have the energy to push through the day, you feel a little down and depressed.
Tips for hunger pangs on a diet
- Replenish electrolytes: Drinking Gatorade-like drinks might be the quick answer to the headaches and weakness that mark the beginning of any diet. You need sodium and potassium but might not get it from your new diet. Take some time to research which supplements you are allowed to take on the diet and what your body needs.
- Snack smart: Smart snacking will keep you from feeling too hungry at mealtime and will keep your insulin levels steady as well. A bag of carrots or a good trail-mix are great snacking options. Try to develop a taste for even the vegetables that you think you hate because you might end up liking them after all! If you can keep your energy levels up, you will feel less hungry.
- Water: The easiest way to battle hunger is to drink more water. Water actually has been shown to help burn fat. If that’s not enough to make you drink more water, it also helps carry out toxins. Don’t substitute drinking water for drinking juice or coffee, it doesn’t work. You need just water to make sure your body runs as smooth as a well oiled machine.
- Friends: If you’re dieting with a friend, you will be a lot more motivated and less likely to give up. Find a friend who is willing to commit to good health with you and watch how it will bring you closer together.
Now that you know what causes hunger and how to keep yourself satiated even on a low carb diet, there’s nothing that can stop you from seeing a fitter you very soon!
Sydney is a successful nutritionist who lives in Illinois. As a nutritionist, she has provided weight loss coaching to many of her clients. She loves to share her experience and knowledge on benefits of healthy weight loss through her writings and is a great believer in structured weight loss plans.
In addition to being an accomplished nutritionist and a passionate writer, 40-year-old Sydney is a fabulous cook and plans to start a food blog soon.
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