One thing you’ll notice when you start exercising regularly, is that you’ll be a LOT more hungry. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be bad if you’re overeating more than you need. Here are some reasons as to why you might be hungry all the time.
1. YOU HAVE A FAST METABOLISM
With all that exercise you have been doing, you have no doubt increased the amount of muscle you have, which increases your metabolism.
You now burn more calories every day just because of your increased metabolism, and not to mention because you are expending a lot more calories in your workout.
You NEED more food so don’t be afraid to eat more. Just make sure you’re eating the right amount and right type of foods.
2. YOU EAT REFINED FOODS
Refined foods will give you energy, but only for a short period of time. You will come crashing down and will end up hungrier than ever before.
If you’re really serious about health, cut out the white carbs, sugar and processed foods. Your body will love you for it, you’ll lose weight and if you switch it up for healthier alternatives, you won’t be so hungry all the time!
3. YOU DON’T EAT ENOGH OF PROTEIN AND FIBER
Protein and fiber have the highest thermic effect of food, meaning your body will use up more calories to digest these types of foods. Both are really great for keeping you feeling full for longer and will stop you from wanting to snack on the bad stuff.
Fill your diet with lots of healthy sources of protein and fiber!
High protein foods include lean meats, eggs, nuts, protein powders, soy and dairy. High fiber foods include fruits, green vegetables, avocados, lentils, soy, chia seeds and other nuts and seeds.
4. YOU’RE ACTUALLY NOT EATING ENOUGH
If you’re exercising a lot and eating well but are still feeling really hungry, chances are you actually need to eat a little bit more. Not eating enough food can actually make you store fat so starving yourself is not the best way to go about this.
Check out my blog post here to find out how many calories your body needs every day to make sure you’re eating the right amount.
5. OVERACTIVE THYROID OR HORMONE PROBLEMS
If you have tried absolutely everything (and I mean everything!) but your body still seems a bit out of whack, then I would have a general check up, and ask your GP to check your hormones (leptin, insulin, etc.) and thyroid.