Live Lean Nation, on today’s episode I’m sharing 4 reasons why you’re still hungry after you just ate.
How familiar does this sound?
You put a decent sized serving of food on your plate.
Not too much, and not too little.
Just the right amount.
Then you finish eating the food, look down at your empty plate, and think, damn…NEED MORE FOOD.
If this sounds familiar, I guarantee you’re not alone.
Here’s the thing. Certain ingredients and bad habits can create more hunger.
I mean let’s be real.
The processed food industry is all about the bottom line. The more you eat, the more money goes into their wallets.
This is why certain ingredients are added to processed foods to trick your brain into thinking you’re still hungry, even when you’re actually full.
Hello belly bulge!
Here are 4 ingredients and poor habits that may be tricking your body into craving more food:
One of the main hunger inducing ingredients is high fructose corn syrup.
Now think about which foods drinks contains a lot of high fructose corn syrup?
The first one that comes to mind is sweetened drinks like soda and juice “drink” cocktails.
Also foods like many breakfast cereals, yogurts, baked goods like bread, candy bars, salad dressings, and certain protein bars can contain this hunger inducing ingredient.
When you flood your body with high fructose corn syrup, it essentially impedes the body’s ability to use leptin.
This is important because leptin is the hormone that regulates your hunger.
If the ingredient label says, high fructose corn syrup, AVOID.
Another chemical that messes with your leptin hunger hormone is BPA.
BPA is a chemical found in many canned foods like tomato sauce, beans, and vegetables.
This chemical may cause numerous health issues as well as wrecking havoc on your cravings.
If you’re going to buy canned foods, always make sure the label says BPA-Free.
Think about what foods you’re feeding yourself first thing in the morning.
The traditional American starts their day with a breakfast cereal filled with refined flour and sugar (and probably high fructose corn syrup), along with a glass of processed orange juice.
Since this meal has little to no fiber, nor does it contain any healthy protein, the sugar quickly hits your bloodstream and spikes the fat storing hormone insulin.
The sugar is then quickly removed from the bloodstream, making your blood sugar crash, thus making you ravenous for another quick source of sugar and calories.
Start replacing your sugary breakfast cereals with nature’s breakfast, eggs. Not only are they higher in hunger busting protein and healthy fat, they won’t spike blood sugar.
Then when you get home, rather than making a hunger boasting carb filled pasta dish, opt for a big ass salad with diced up steak or chicken, nuts, seeds, and a healthy dose of olive oil and vinegar for dressing.
Not only will all the protein and fat make your full, all the vitamins and fiber in the leafy vegetables will help eliminate your night time cravings.
Many people relax at night on the couch watching TV with a chilled beer. Unfortunately many times beer, potato chips, and TV go hand and hand.
Since your TV mesmerizes you, your hand is on auto-pilot reaching into the bag of chips.
And that’s another good point to mention.
Many times when you’re think you’re hungry, you’re actually just bored.
Go out for a walk, go read a book, just get away from the kitchen.
Now having an occasional beer while watching the game is all good. But try not to pair it with junk food.
Also, try replacing the beer on most nights with a satiating tea.
Drinking a black or green tea when you have late night cravings is one of my best tips. Not only does it comfort you, it decreases your cravings to go back for another handful of chips.
Another quick tip to think about.
Next time you think you’re still hungry after eating, go drink a big glass of water.
A lot of times hunger is just a disguise for you being thirsty.
Also have 1-2 glasses of water before your meals to help further decrease your appetite.
So there you go Live Lean Nation.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.
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