On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, 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, not too little, just the right amount.
Then when you finish eating the food, you look down at your empty plate, and think, damn, I 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 and drinks contains a lot of high fructose corn syrup?
The first one that comes to mind is sweetened drinks such as:
Also, let’s not forget about all the foods that can contain this hunger inducing ingredient, including:
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 and makes you feel full.
If the ingredient label says high fructose corn syrup, avoid it.
BPA is another chemical that messes with your leptin hunger hormone.
If you don’t know what BPA is, it’s a chemical found in many canned foods, including:
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.
Yes, you knew this one was coming.
Think about what foods you’re feeding yourself first thing in the morning.
If you look at the traditional American Standard Diet, it typically starts with a breakfast cereal that is filled with refined flour, sugar, and probably high fructose corn syrup, along with a glass of processed orange juice.
The sugar is then quickly removed from the bloodstream, making your blood sugar crash, thus making you a ravenous animal looking around for the next quick source of calories and sugar.
Start replacing your sugary breakfast cereals with nature’s breakfast, eggs.
Not only are eggs higher in hunger busting protein and healthy fat, they won’t spike blood sugar.
Then when you get home after a long day of work, rather than making a hunger boasting carbohydrate filled pasta dish, opt for a big ass salad with:
When many people relax at night, they are on the couch watching TV, with a chilled beer in one hand, and the other hand in a bag of potato chips.
Unfortunately many times this combination of beer, potato chips, and TV, go hand and hand.
Since your TV mesmerizes you, you are basically on auto-pilot, with your hand going in and out of the bag of chips, then into your mouth.
This leads me to another good point.
Many times when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just bored.
Rather than sitting in front of the TV:
Now I’m not saying you can’t have an occasional beer when the game is on.
I do that, so it’s all good.
However, try not to pair the beer with junk food.
Also, try replacing the beer, on most nights, with a satiating tea.
When you have late night cravings, one of my best tips is to drink a black tea or green tea.
This will put your late night cravings to an end.
Not only does it comfort you, it will decrease your cravings to go back for another handful of chips.
Here’s 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, before your meals, have 1-2 glasses of water to help further decrease your appetite.
There you go Live Lean Nation.
Hopefully you enjoyed these 4 reasons why you’re still hungry after you just ate.
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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.