Whether you’re following a weight loss plan or just want to live a healthier lifestyle, cravings can really throw a monkey wrench into your plans. If you find yourself feeling hungry frequently, especially if you’re craving unhealthy foods, investigate to see if one of these reasons is behind those feelings.
You’re eating in front of a screen. If you’re eating in front of your computer or TV screen, or if you’re otherwise distracted during meals, your body won’t register fullness as readily. Mindful eating – taking your time, paying attention to your meal, and appreciating each bite – boosts satiety. And when you feel satisfied, you’re less likely to feel cravings in between meals.
Your sleep is disrupted. If you aren’t sleeping enough, or getting poor quality sleep, the hormones regulating appetite will be disrupted. Your body goes into “survival mode” and you begin craving foods that offer quick energy boosts, such as sugary treats. Make a point to go to bed on time each night, get seven or eight hours of sleep, and invest in room darkening shades, a white noise machine, ear plugs, or anything else necessary to help you sleep better.
You need to eat more protein and fiber. Protein and fiber both promote even blood sugar levels, and keep you feeling full longer. Try boosting your protein and fiber intake to see if this helps to ward off cravings in between meals.
You’re very active. If you’re more active than most people, it is possible you aren’t consuming enough calories to meet your energy needs. Of course, creating a calorie deficit (consuming fewer calories than you burn) is usually part of any weight loss plan. But we should be able to accomplish this goal without experiencing constant cravings.
On that note, make an appointment to come see us. We should review your weight loss plan, evaluate your body type and activity level, and help you decide if you’re eating enough (and the right types of foods). Then we can put together an eating plan that meets your body’s needs, while preventing uncomfortable hunger and cravings for you.