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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.

Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

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