Trying to lose weight is often coupled with intense hunger, which can cause many people to quit before they reach their goals.
Fortunately, if you’re attempting to lose weight, there are usually simple reasons for being hungrier than usual. Using the fixes suggested should reduce hunger and put you in a position of continued progress.
You’re Constantly Restricting Calories
A primary reason that you feel hungry all of the time is because you are constantly restricting your calories.
There are many different mechanisms in the body which regulate when and to what extent you feel hungry. Input from brain regions such as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and even cells within the digestive tract all play a primary role in hunger.
One factor in particular is the hunger hormone known as ghrelin.
Ghrelin is a hormone that is secreted by cells within the digestive tract in response to when you normally eat. This hormone’s main function is one of survival in that, when secreted, it creates intense feelings of hunger causing you to search for any type of food and subsequently eat it.
For most people, ghrelin is typically released just prior to when you normally eat. Once you start eating it will decline fairly rapidly. However with chronic restrictions of calories, the levels of ghrelin released actually increase.
One study revealed that after just three months of dieting, subjects showed significant increases in ghrelin secretion at all observed time points throughout the day. This means that subjects had higher ghrelin levels and thus felt hungrier all day.